Prof. Aki Ishida’s second-year undergraduate architecture studio designed and made an installation at the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art during the National Cherry Blossom Festival in April. “The Lantern Field” consisted of folded paper hung from bamboo poles, with lighting and sounds that changed rhythm as people moved through the space beneath the lanterns.
Participating students were Tamiko Acuna, Forrest Bibeau, Joaquin Chacon, Mykayla Fernandes, Megan Gileza, Sarah Hill, John Iaconis, Jeremy Jones, Veronique Rodriguez, Samantha Sturgill, and Zachary Wolk. In addition, PhD candidate Carolina Dayer, graduate teaching assistant Sean MacManus, shop technician Kyle Usselton, and Jonathan Foote and students in his Product Making class at the Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center assisted with fabrication in Washington, DC. Ico Bukvic, a music technology professor who leads the university’s Linux Laptop Orchestra (L2Ork), Brennon Bortz, a doctoral candidate in computer science working under Ben Knapp, director of the university’s new Institute for Creativity, Arts, & Technology, and Taylor O’Connor, Deba Pratim Saha, and Nikhila Reddy Yeruva, along with many members of the general public visiting the Freer Gallery, also participated in producing the installation.