Albert Kahn, Territories and Large-volume Production

This research studies Albert Kahn and Assocaites early industrial work by comparing 2 specification documents from buildings in Detroit and construction drawings from 12 projects in the U.S. and the Soviet Union. Similarities in methods of construction and architectural process; such as detailed specification writing and rapid reproduction of architectural drawings allowed the firm to manage large volume of projects over multiple physical and political territories.
Hermela Aboye > link










Contractual Jetlag Across Media

This research charts how the American Institute of Architects’ contractual agreements have had a dissimilar advancement with the creation and implementation of digital media practices and integrated project delivery.This is done by exhibiting that Building Information Modeling advancements have superseded current AIA contractual agreements and documents, proving discrepancies between the two systems.

Michael Albert and James Marti > link 









Campaigning for Buildings: Julia Morgan’s Professional and Political Labor

Julia Morgan’s professional labor, viewed through specifications and drawings, alongside women-led political labor, found in newspaper articles and building campaigns, placed women into previously male-dominated areas of professionalism, education, politics, and society. Language becomes the lens for mapping how authority and activism employed the built environment to sculpt Progressive Era landscapes.
Shyanne Kopfmann > link








Demolishing the First Skyscraper

This project collages demolition photos of the Home Insurance Building in order to study the shift from load-baring masonry to the metal skeleton structure, while also analyzing the evolving technology of photography during the building’s lifetime. Exploiting this type of *virtual witnessing* may have helped ease the minds of Chicagoans during the construction of the building.
Alissa Bretsch and Megan Stenzel > link















Meeting Minutes for Humans

The Congressional Meeting Minutes of CIAM (Congrès internationaux d'architecture modern) cover the exchange of information from the world’s leading architects through ten meetings which took place across the span of 30 years form 1928-1959. My research draws specific language from these meetings dealing with the humanization of architecture and categorizes them into three areas of international influence in the shaping of modern architecture: standardization, city planning, and education.

Samuel Krueger > link