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J. Whittner Self


Currently I am working towards accreditation as a liscenced architect while simultaneously working on other design projects on the side. I received my Master of Architecture degree at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan in 2013, where I graduated with distinction, and my B.A. in Architecture from Clemson University. As an architecture student my interests have been broad and include anything from digital fabrication techniques and design to crafting construction details. Though my interests have been broad, I have grown to appreciate areas of the field devoted to achieving an overall design goal. This has led to the implementation of many techniques throughout school, using whichever technique works best for a specific project.

My graduate thesis project was devoted to the way that architecture, through habitual contact and interaction, has lost its ability to cultivate a perception. The project looks at ways of curating a perception based on aesthetic and experiential affect. These affects, curate a construction of knowledge based on presupposed ideas of an observer and the manipulation of the environment to disrupt these presuppositions. The goal is to project how I believe architecture should be able to provoke a person's understanding of the world around them. Thus breaking the stagnate nature of our interactivity with architecture.