Editor’s Statement – On Practicing

MARGARET MARSH (M.Arch ’18) AND ALEXANDRA THOMPSON (M.Arch ’18) As students of architecture, we usually speak of practice in the professional sense. Rarely do we use the word in its more common usage, which denotes repetition, process, and something unfinished. In a profession that so often demands perfection, it is easily forgotten that […]

Letter To My Deskmate

ALEX THOMPSON (M.Arch ’18) Hey Marge, How did we get so lucky?  This time last year, everyone was scrambling for desks and friends and the last cans of PBR and, oh yes, scrambling to show that their work was worthy of Yale.  Who would’ve thought that we could have loosened our […]

Letter To My Deskmate

MARGARET MARSH (M.Arch ’18) Dear Alex, I know we both swear that we were at the front of the pack when we raced for our desks first year (yes, the very very front). But for the record, I still think it was me. Regardless, we sprinted, oblivious as to what it meant that […]

Interview: Trattie Davies

TRATTIE DAVIES WITH MARGARET MARSH (M.Arch ’18) AND ALEX THOMPSON (M.Arch ’18) First year critic Trattie Davies helped us both through first semester, and then some. One year later, we all got iced tea and talked about the joys of architecture. With the theme of Practice in mind, Trattie was […]

Interview: Steven Harris

STEVEN HARRIS WITH ALEXANDRA THOMPSON (M.Arch ’18) Alex Thompson spoke with Steven Harris to learn more about a show that he put together when he was organizing exhibits for the YSOA gallery in the early 1990s.  The show was a collection of first projects done by notable architects, and in […]

Level Shelves

LUKE STUDEBAKER (M.Arch ’19) If you’re going to hang plywood shelves on the walls of your apartment, take the time to do it right. First, you want to figure out what the walls are made of, likely either plaster or drywall. Next, it’s wise to survey your chosen wall to […]


KIERAN REICHERT (Guest Contributor) In fiction writing, fallibility can be a virtue; the word fallible itself comes from the Latin fallere, a verb meaning “to deceive.” In a character, a flaw can lure the reader down into the crevasses of meaning that are often the author’s true motivating interests. Similarly, in […]


TIMON COVELLI (M.Arch ’18) I mull over this essay as Dimitri and I rush down the highway in a borrowed pick-up truck with a steel guardrail hanging out of the bed. It’s the final week of the Building Project. Scheduled for a powder-coat that morning, the rail had broken during handling […]

Oh Shit

JONATHAN MOLLOY (M.Arch ’18) “Can you guys come up here for a second?” a concerned voice called down to us. As each of us bounded off the ladder and hurried toward the voice, we were met with anxious gazes fixed on the all-important bay window at the top of the stairs. […]

Play Faster But Slower

MATTHEW BOHNE (M.Arch ’17) There are no semesters and there are no jobs. Instead, we have a continually evolving body of work shaped by a process that requires us to look ahead and to look back at things we have drawn, made, read, and seen. Over the course of my time […]

Joint Degree Insights

JACQUELINE HALL (M.Arch ’18, F&ES ’18) TESS MCNAMARA (M.Arch ’18, F&ES ’18) WITH MARGARET MARSH (M.Arch ’18) AND ALEX THOMPSON (M.Arch ’18) We sat down with two joint-degree students, Tess McNamara and Jacqueline Hall, to discuss research, the scientific focus of the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and how it all plays into […]

Good Afternoon, Good Evening and Good Night

ANTHONY GAGLIARDI (M.Arch ’16) The summer after graduation is filled with fiction. Films on your “must-see” list and novels shelved during Systems Integration patiently resurface after three years of collecting school dust and just in time for the dawn of architectural practice. During this period I re-watched Peter Weir’s 1998 cult […]

Perspecta 52

CHARLOTTE ALGIE (M.Arch ’16) PATRICK KONDZIOLA (M.Arch ’17) Perspecta is a rich and exciting platform for ideas. As editors of forthcoming Issue #52 (2019), our work in the role matures and takes life and we continue toward a deeper understanding of the wide esteem in which the journal is held. […]