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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Erica J. Boyles

University of Minnesota - BFA '05, M.Arch '11

Who made the most lasting impression (most influenced you) and why?
Associate Professor Ozayr Saloojee, because he introduced me to the idea that architects have agency in a much broader sense than just designing buildings. Architects have a responsibility to address issues of social justice, poverty, violence, and equality through their work.

Please identify one (or more) memorable design project that you worked on while a student at the School of Architecture.
I remember Steve Weeks' comprehensive studio project as being one of my favorites. We designed mixed-use multi-family housing for a site near Stadium Village on the U of M campus, using one of three precedents for a jumping-off point. It was a fantastic studio and I learned so much from Steve about construction processes and details.

What major forces (such as individual architects, design philosophies, rendering styles, research methods, etc.) do you remember influencing you significantly as a student?
Public interest design and architecture as a major player in social justice/responsibility have influenced me most.

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