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Letter from the Editors

CATHRYN GARCIA-MENOCAL M.ARCH I 2017, HANNAH NOVACK M.ARCH I 2017, GENTLEY SMITH M.ARCH I 2018 Graphics: DORA GODFREY AND JEROME HARRIS “The task of architecture is the creation of human environments. It is both an expression of human values and a context for human activity. Through the design process, architecture […]

bodies in space: doors, frames and transitional spaces

LOREN BRITTON, M.F.A., PAINTING, 2016   1. In my studio right now there is a painting of a body, arched over – its arm is pressing against its private parts and creating an arch window that looks into another figure’s wide open mouth. In my recent paintings the architecture of […]

A Thousand Tiny Cuts: A Conversation with Deborah Berke

PAPRIKA EDITORS   The following conversation occurred between the editors of ‘The Architectural Mystique’ and the Dean Designate. After a long day of meetings with small groups of students, Deborah Berke agreed to meet with us and talk shop.   P: What are your aspirations in architecture? DB:I feel like […]

Who’s your Master? A Pernicious History of the Master Bedroom

ALICIA POZNIAK, M.ARCH I 2016   Let’s take a moment to unpack the heavily loaded term ‘Master Bedroom’ so unconsciously used here in the United States. What does the term ‘Master’ invoke in a domestic setting? Male/Female? Master/Mistress? Servant/Slave? BDSM? Have you ever seen a ‘Mistress Bedroom’? Despite Mistress being […]

Gender and Salary Negotiation

JESSICA ELLIOT, M.ARCH I 2016   As we anxiously toil away on portfolio, cover letters and CVs in preparation for full-time jobs, summer internships, and other professional experiences, we should be lightly reminded that this process comes  with not only the desire to find the right firms, the right cities, […]

Contested Spaces: Texas’s HB2 and the Weaponization of Building Code

NISCHAY BHAN, UPENN, J.D. 2017   In 1419, the Florentine architect Filippo Brunelleschi began designing the Ospedale degli Innocenti, also known as the Foundling Hospital. Architecturally, the work was a marvel. Brunelleschi brought to the hospital a sense of balance and poise reminiscent of the Classical Roman style—rounded columns, circular […]

Urinalimbo: Masculinity’s Last Stand?

DAVID LANGDON M.ARCH I 2018   The future of the urinal is in limbo. As the only fixed obstacle to the interchangeability of binary (female-male) bathrooms, they are proving to be a stubborn and highly contentious tripping point in decisions about gender-neutral architecture. Occupying an ambiguous middle ground between public […]

Architecture’s Attrition Problem: An Interview with Susan Surface

CAT GARCIA-MENOCAL, M.ARCH I 2016   Susan Surface graduated from YSoA with an M.Arch I in 2012. Their biography describes a “designer and photographer, an organizer of events and exhibitions, and a researcher of the politics of art, design and architecture. Surface’s practice centers the creation and preservation of livable, […]

Towards a New Architecture: It’s Parental, Not Maternal

SARAH KASPER AND JOHN KLEINSCHMIDT, M.ARCH I 2016   On Monday evening, martini-sippers at the YSOA Career Services recruitment reception were offered coasters for their beverages. In the spirit of dispensing career advice, the back of each coaster listed a few questions – screen printed by hand in Yale blue […]

ON EXCLUDING FEMALE ARCHITECTS*

  NADYA STRYUK CHANNELING LE CORBUSIER, B.A., ARCHITECTURE 2016   I originally wrote a shorter version of this piece for my Modern Architecture course. We were asked to write a reading response channeling  Le Corbusier’s voice in his Vers une architecture. In his manifesto, he addressed pressing issues of his […]

Gender and Space: The Colloquium at YSoA

M.E.D ’16 & GENEVA MORRIS M.E.D ‘16   This year’s MED colloquium, “Gender and Space,” investigates how gender politics are reproduced across cultural and physical landscapes, through disciplinary lenses including architecture, art, geography, literature, history, and American studies. The motivations for pursuing this topic are multiscalar.  As the first all-female […]

ON THE GROUND

Contributors: DAPHNE AGOSIN (M.E.D. ‘17), ELAINA BERKOWITZ (M.ARCH I ‘17), NICOLAS KEMPER (M.ARCH I ‘16), CATHRYN GARCIA-MENOCAL (M.ARCH I ‘17), JONATHAN MOLLOY (M.ARCH I ‘18), RASHID MUYDINOV (M.ARCH I ‘17), MISHA SEMENOV (M.ARCH I ‘18), NIX SITKIN (M.D. ‘18) , DAVID TURTURO (PHD), EDWARD WANG (B.A. ‘16)   We mourn […]