Novem Mason Symposium on Community- Engaged Design

For this project my group had to design a layout for the front lobby of the IARc building for the Novem Mason Symposium. The design process for the layout included cutting out an extensive amount of multiple sized triangles that we later stuck to the windows and first two columns of the front lobby. These triangles were two different colors orange and yellow, to match with the separate color themes that each floor was given. We also made two half pyramids using 2×4’s and 3′ dowel rods. Each pyramid measured 3’x3’x 1’1/2″, along with LED lights inside each. One had a green light while the other had a yellow light inside to illuminate them. Lastly we cut out the letters IARc out of poster board and placed them above the front doors in the lobby. 

Below is the green LED lit up pyramid.


Below is the yellow LED lit up pyramid.Image

Below is a picture of the final design. 


Below is a picture of the IARc letters cut out of poster board above the front lobby entrance.Image


I feel like the end results of the symposium were well done. You could tell that every group put forth the extra efforts to successfully complete their final design. I feel like this symposium helped celebrate the lives of two very important staff members of the IARc family.

For the symposium I attended 4 different scholarship sessions; the 4 sessions were taught by Tommy Lambeth, Tina Sarawgi, and Jo Ramsay Leimenstoll. The first session was by Tommy Lambeth, he talked about design failures. Where he talked about the importance of using recycled materials in the making of such things like furniture and works of art. The second session was by Tina Sarawgi, where she talked about the importance of using daylight in interiors. She discussed how it was important as a designer to not go astray from using the natural daylight to light interior, instead of electric interior lights. The third session was by four different 4th year students talking about the Capstone Experience, Tiny Homes, Economic Housing, and Ideas for a UNCG Produce Stand. The Capstone Experience was about renovating homes for the habitat for humanities homes in the Winston Salem area. Tiny Homes was about small homes for the homeless in the Greensboro area. That provide a safe haven for those in need of services or just a place to stay. The Economic Housing was about using solar technologies in homes close to downtown Greensboro. The last student talked about having a produce stand somewhere on the UNCG campus. The stand would be made to have low cost to maintain along with using salvaged materials. The fourth session was by Jo Ramsay Leimenstoll, who discussed the field school. She informed us about the field school and how during this class which would count as an elective was about historic preservation and sustainability. She went over how we would learn hands on experience with the field preservation, such as learning how to repoint masonry on older buildings that are being renovated.   

For my service engagement I chose to help with the masonry Re-Pointing project. Where we help you guessed it re-point mortar on the Glenwood Grove Wall. By helping with this project I learned how to find and take away old mortar and paint, by scraping it off. Then we learned how to go back in and refill all of the gaps between the bricks with the new mortar. All in all I believe I learned some valuable knowledge along with helping revitalize an old historic building. Image

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