The 2013 Stickley Design Invitational
2013 Stickley Design Invitational
Saturday, April 27, 2013
The 2013 Stickley Design Invitational is funded by Cara Corbo and Ted Lytwyn in memory of Nancy Strathearn.
The Stickley Design Invitational is a fun, full-day design challenge for high school students with a serious interest in architecture and/or interior design. This program, limited to just 12 carefully-selected students, offers prizes, the opportunity to test skills, build resumes, and interact with architects, interior designers, design professionals and other students sharing the same interests.
The 2013 Invitational challenged participants to design Artist Residences at Craftsman Farms.
1st Place Winner Taylor Tracy on her design:
“This year, I was a participant and first place winner of the 3rd Annual Stickley Design Invitational. Being accepted into this program was such an honor and I can honestly say I enjoyed the entire day. When I arrived at the museum, we were all handed booklets with the day's challenge. When I saw that we would be designing spaces for artists-in-residence, I was immediately happy. As both an aspiring artist and writer, I was excited for this challenge and felt it was something that would be manageable for me. I had worked on designs in my drafting class, but had never built a model and had never heard of parti or bubble diagrams before the day of the competition. My idea for my design came to me when they were giving us a tour of the space on the property we would be using for our design. I saw the space, and I saw the hill that was there and I immediately thought of creating a village like set-up that progressed up the hill instead of one building. I wanted my design to flow with the hill and not be too overbearing for the space. I ultimately chose to create a space for two painters and two writers. Each artist would have an individual house with a bedroom and studio space to work on, a set-up I decided on because each artist has their own working style and I wanted to give them their own introspective space. The artists' studios had an entire wall of windows facing North, the optimal direction of light for artists to work in. The writers' studios' windows overlooked the property, giving them a view that would no doubt inspire their work. Behind the area of artists' huts was the public space which included a kitchenette, a dining room, living space, utility space and a bathroom. There were also two bathrooms outside, one for each pair of artists or writers. I chose to have the public building, the largest, the farthest up the hill so it would appear the smallest from the museum and areas open to the public. At the bottom of the hill, the closest to the public's access, I placed a gallery where the artists and writers could share their work with the general public. This was not required but I felt it was logical to include for the purpose of the project. Inside all of the buildings, I kept the materials and design finishes modern but consistent with Stickley's craftsman style. Overall, I enjoyed the opportunity to partake in this event. I enjoyed the chance to talk to professionals and have their advice and counsel during the day while completing this difficult design challenge.”
2nd Place Winner Kristen Stuzynski on her design:
“The house I designed was meant for two visiting painters and two writers because I felt that a writer’s work might inspire an artist’s painting and vise versa. From there I started thinking about my floor plan. I originally had the studios branching off from the living area, but then I decided it would be better to separate the studios completely. Rather than combining the public living areas and kitchen with the private bedrooms and studios, I designed two separate buildings connected by a hallway. This way there was separation between private work and public living area so the inhabitants could have a sense of community along with a notion of individualism. I added the decks on each of the buildings to create symmetry and to provide an area to look out over the surrounding land. The view of Craftsman Farms from the lot is amazing, and the surrounding nature could easily spark the creativity of visitors. At first I had the two decks connected, however one of the architects mentioned that it was slightly overbearing. He also questioned what was to be made of the space between my buildings for which I had made no plan. I learned from him that there is never simply “open space,” so I added a garden. I would have never seen anything wrong with having open land, but the garden brought the buildings together in a whole new way. Not only was it physically appealing, but also it connected the buildings through nature, something Stickley always strived to do. One of my last decisions on the house was one of the most controversial among the judges. Rather than having both roofs sloping down towards the front, I had the roof over the studios slope down towards the sides of the building. For one, I loved the way it looked. In some ways it differentiated between the buildings, but there was still symmetry between them. I have somewhat of a modern style and I felt that the roofs portrayed this while still preserving the arts and crafts shingle style that is prevalent among the rest of the buildings on campus. I gained so much knowledge from the Invitational, and the fact that my architecture teacher, Mr. Mariano, made an appearance to see the work of my friend, Stephanie, and I only added to the experience. I walked away with so many new ideas about architecture and I am grateful to have had such a wonderful opportunity.”
The 3rd Annual Stickley Design Invitational
The Stickley Design Invitational is a partnership between the Robert Busch School of Design at Kean University and the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms, a National Historic Landmark and the only home Gustav Stickley designed and built for his own use. For Stickley, prominent designer, leader, and voice of the American Arts and Crafts movement, who established a design empire in the early 20th century, Craftsman Farms represented the culmination of his ideas and philosophy and was envisioned to be a place of practical education, where young people would learn by doing. We proudly continue that vision today. This program is funded by Cara Corbo and Ted Lytwyn in memory of Nancy Strathearn, the Robert Busch School of Design at Kean University, H|AI Architecture, and by Gustav Stickley's great-grandchildren, Louis G. Glesmann, III and Cynthia McGinn, who share the passion and vision of their great-grandfather toward creative design for everyday life.
Each Invitational design challenge will require participants to propose the design of a new structure for the Craftsman Farms campus (full details will be issued the day of the Invitational). The challenge must be completed during the span of the program and each student's solution must include a 3-diminsional model (all materials provided). The 2011 and 2012 program statements are available here as a reference. A distinguished panel of judges will determine the best design solution and award prizes to the top two winners.
Read more about the 2012 Stickley Design Invitational on our Recent Programs page.
December 05, 2013