Design a sustainable food court structure for the heart of a classical music festival
We’d like to take the opportunity to introduce you to one of our Honorable mention winners for our “Omuli Museum Of The Horse” competition – Carley Chastain from United States!
Carley Chastain from United States
I attended Auburn University, the institution where my parents met, and graduated with a professional degree in architecture in 2017.
I have spent most of my brief career practicing design in the nonprofit sector, collaborating on a range of projects that include community centers, educational projects, and hospitals. A particular curiosity about the nature of culture and design practice has taken me far afield to places such as Istanbul and Kigali; the same curiosity has led me back home, where I currently practice with a firm located in my home, the American South.
Today, to me, architecture is a manifestation of acting and living with a level of intention in a network of systems, which in a fundamental way is what all design is (with varying degrees of impact or success). The reality of this in practice comes in many forms.
This was the first competition I participated in. I entered so that I could regain some autonomy over the type of design practice I wish to engage in. I was able to apply a system of thinking that (compared to other work I’ve done in school or practice) originated from a higher level of personal interest and thus, I hope, generated a compelling result.
If you have questions about the nature of practice and your place within it, try a competition. You’ll interact more closely with the parameters of a design and, hopefully, come to conclusions about practice when you have the opportunity to assume responsibility for your work.