June 5, 2013 § 3 Comments
Today I am very excited to share with you a guest artist, the talented and creative Kristina Marie (who so happens to be my roommate)!
Oh yes, and today is Kristina’s 23rd birthday so wish her well.
Like many architecture students, Kristina has a natural talent to paint and draw and painted this whimsical scene of the creek in downtown San Luis Obispo.
After becoming instant friends one fateful weekend early in freshman year Kristina and I have grown our relationship on this continent and across the pond for the past five years. Kristina studied in Florence, Italy last year and between visiting one another and one memorable trip to good ole Eirland, Kristina and I got to spend over three weeks traveling together last year. This past year we have had the pleasure of sharing one very hyggelit (cozy) apartment in downtown San Luis Obispo. Its been a beautiful year of spontaneous dance parties, tea times and delicious meals. Here is to one birthday and hopefully many more!
May 29, 2013 § 4 Comments
I am back!
For the past eight months I have been working away to complete my thesis for my undergraduate architecture degree. Late nights in studio, demanding deadlines and more list items than hours in a day have kept me from painting (for pleasure that is) and blogging.
BUT as of this weekend I am (almost) officially done. One publication and a few small group projects stand infront of me and that diploma but these petty things still give me time to continue to paint, paint, paint…ahh how I have missed those brushes!
Although intense, my thesis still allowed me to break out the paintbrushes and do a bit of mixed media presentation work.
I thought I would share with you what has kept me alway for so long!
My thesis explored the connection (well, lack there of) of children and nature. Through the research of early children’s education, children’s environmental psychology and a strong emphasis on passive design strategies, I designed a child development center in San Luis Obispo, California. The Center is home to a preschool for 70+ children, family art center, teaching kitchen and family counseling center. The program is broken up into five separate buildings to create small campus in the South Hills site of San Luis Obispo and promote outdoor circulation within the center.
Classroom Cluster Section. Two classrooms are joined together with a shared service and ‘flow’ space. The flow space is to give children the option of playing indoors while meant to feel like the outdoors.
Teaching Kitchen. The kitchen is meant to teach children about food production and preparation. By allowing children to grow their own produce there is hope they will make smarter food decisions in the future.
Site Plan. By site plan it looks like a game of Candy Land, however the site is broken up into classroom specific areas, shared areas and public areas. Diversity within the plan is to allow children to explore, together or individually, the natural outdoors.
Site Section, Classroom View. Here the three classroom ‘clusters’ are shown. Each cluster contains two classrooms and a shared service flow area. The buildings are clad in recycled wood siding and eco-friendly fiber-cement board. The materials are meant to blend into the existing site.
Just some snippets from a years worth of hard work!
December 26, 2012 § 1 Comment
August 29, 2012 § 3 Comments
After returning from Copenhagen, I jumped from one adventure to the next.
My next adventure awaited me in the mountains, 6,000ft above sea level in the small mountain town Truckee, California. This summer I had the awesome opportunity to work for MWA Architects and Engineers, a firm specializing in mountain-inspired design. I never thought I would find myself in a small town, but after living the city for the last year, the peaceful Sierra mountains were quite a treat.
And as summer begins to fade (why is it getting dark so early!?!)…so does my internship. To thank MWA, I painted them our office (which was actually designed my boss) clad in rustic wood, recycled corrugated metal and rusted corten steel (mmm…my favorites! Can you see why I loved working with them?).
Its been an educational and relaxing summer, yet I am excited to head back to SLO for my final year!
Thank Truckee for a beautiful summer.
So yet again I find myself saying goodbye to another home…
Vi ses Truckee! Hej San Luis Obispo!
August 22, 2012 § 1 Comment
Oh hey! Its Wednesday now isn’t it?
Its that time of year…
No, not Christmas. Wedding Season!
This weekend I had the joy of attending not one but TWO wonderful weddings. My cousin tied the knot Thursday followed by two of my dear friends, Alexander and Jessica joining in marriage Sunday. Whew! I am tired!
Jessica and I lived two doors down from one another in the dorms freshman year of college and quickly became great friends. We were part of the same bible study and later discipled together. She is truly a sister! It was such an honor to witness such a beautiful wedding and be part of this pretty girl’s bridal party!
And continuing with my proposal- themed wedding gifts. I painted these two fabulous friends a memory from their epic engagement.
The engagement- Over Valentine’s Day weekend the couple took a photo- adventure through the snow dusted woods of Upstate New York. Alexander planned to pop the question sometime during their adventure and was waiting for the opportune moment. While exploring the two stumbled upon a lone bench in the woods with the following quote from Les Miserable
“Take my hand and lead me to salvation,
Take my love for love is everlasting.
And remember the truth that was once spoken:
To love another person is to see the face of God.”
— Les Miserable
What more romantic of a moment can a guy get?!? Just then Alexander bent to one knee and popped the question.
The rest was history.
I got a bit creative with their story and decided to turn the quote INTO the bench.
The wedding was absolutely breath-taking (but not as breath-taking as the stunning bride!) Enjoy the photos!
The Grace Maralyn in Atascadero.
Us bridesmaids all got to pick our own dresses- it turned out great!
Much love to all the newlyweds!
June 2, 2012 § 2 Comments
A melody of birds chirping adds to the tunes filling my headphones.
The music of choice? Danish top hits naturally.
Even though I have been back in the States for almost two weeks, I still have yet to change my Spotify music account from Denmark to the US, allowing me to access all of Denmark’s top hits.
I am still not ready to let go.
I sit at Linnea’s Café in San Luis Obispo (SLO). Linnea’s is my favorite café in San Luis Obispo; which is quite a compliment because SLO is filled with a plethora of cozy and welcoming cafés.
Although quite popular in SLO, I still feel like Linnea’s is a hidden gem. The back patio is filled with a dozen colorfully clothed tables surrounded by walls of crumbling brick and vibrant climbing ivy. The entire atmosphere feels like one of H.C. Andersen’s fairy tales.
By routine, I feel like I am still in Copenhagen. I biked to the café just like I would in Copenhagen. Upon entry the delicious smells of the soup of the day, Lentil Miso, filled my nose (lentil soup just happened to be a staple in my limited Copenhagen cooking repetoir). My usual mocha sits in front of me making that familiar foamy design that oddly inspires me. And I am still banging away on these black keys blogging away. If the California sun wasn’t streaming down tanning (…burning) my (extremely white) shoulders, I would think I was still in Copenhagen.
And coincidence has it that as I sit here and remenice of my past life in Copenhagen, I run into three fellow classmates from Copenhagen. We all had the same idea: fly home to States, give mom and dad a hug and immediately drive to SLO for the week. It is surreal to see these familiar faces in SLO after spending nine months with them in a magical place far, far away.
Homecoming has been so bittersweet. Missing my life in Copenhagen has been bitter, yet reunions have been so sweet. I did not realize how much I missed people until I was reunited with them! Late night baking sessions, lazy days at the beach, farmers market and more catch-up coffee dates to satisfy any caffeine addict have made up this blessed week.
Bitter or sweet, there is one thing stays the same: “The Lord is my Rock, my fortress and my deliver” Psalm 18: 2.
I am so blessed. I was blessed by an amazing adventure for the last year. And I am blessed by life in California, wonderful friends and such a loving family.
I just pinched myself.
I felt it.
Well, I guess this is not a dream.
“You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with your joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand” Psalm 16:11
May 14, 2012 § 6 Comments
My apologies, this post is way overdue! Better late than never, right?
I have just completed my studies at DIS and I am now soaking up one last week in Copenhagen before…sigh…heading back to the Golden State (I really have no justification for complaining, this year has been amazing!). More on leaving later, but for now enjoy some of the shenanigans in Copenhagen with old friends.
Two weeks ago I had the joy of entertaining five Cal Poly friends that have been studying in Florence for the year. Us Copenhagen Cal Poly kids rallied together to show these good friends a good time in our city that has become home. Adventures in the woods, trampolines by the harbor, soccer games and good food were all part of our adventures!
Kristina and I spent a day exploring the woods in the outskirts of Copenhagen. Never know what you are going to find out there!
We discovered an abandon castle/fortress of some sort which made a wonderful opportunity to use our camera’s self timer and find some…expressive…shots.
Welcome to the rest of the gang! No proper visit in Copenhagen would be complete without getting a bike. Good work boys!
Trampolines by the harbor = hours of entertainment.
New Single coming soon…
When most people visit the infamous Little Mermaid they stand on shore, smile and take a photo with Denmark’s doll in the background.
But not Kristina.
She wanted to get up-close-and-personal with this special lady…and almost got stuck in the process.
Enjoying the world’s best chai latte’s on the Lakes!
FC København v. Aarhus Fodbol Kamp! We dragged our Florentine friends down to a game to experience Danish soccer at its best. Jooo joo jooo!
The Poly section.
Hygge. Brunch with Kristina before departing for…ahh…four months!
Tak jer alle for besøge!
Bet you wish you had visited right?