Biographies

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    Elena Marzina

    Elena Marzina is a junior pursuing the Architectural Studies major and Studio Arts minor. Elena has always been interested in design and has found the Architectural Studies program at Pitt to be a great fit for her. She hopes to complete an internship with an architecture firm this summer and will pursue a master of architecture degree after graduating in 2019. At HAAARCH!!!, Elena will be presenting her Foundations Studio final project.

     

     

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    Gene Han

    Gene Han is a junior majoring in Architectural Studies and minoring in Studio Arts. Currently he is pursuing the B.S. Arch – taking Honors Studio 3 and courses at CMU.  Being within the realms of the city of brotherly love (Philadelphia), Gene fell in love with the ideologies of urban design and intricate detailing of immense structures. Hoping to maintain this exposure to the city life with never ending shifts in design, he hopes to pursue his masters in architecture in urban scenes such as New York, Chicago, or back home in Philly.

     

    At HAARCH Gene will be presenting his undergraduate portfolio which consists of 1.5 years of work from Foundations Studio, Studio 1, and Studio 2.

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    Manisha Van Ecka

    Manisha Van Ecka is a senior in the architectural studies program, minoring in studio arts. She grew up in Oak Park, right outside of Chicago, and there she was inspired by design. Manisha’s design intentions are currently driven by community development and preservation in an urban setting. These interests have blossomed due to the gentrification currently occurring in Pittsburgh, as well as in many other cities in the U.S.  She is also interested in  lighting design and exhibit curation. She is hoping to pursue a Masters in Architecture or Lighting Design in Fall 2018 either on the East or West coast.

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    Annika Napier-Smith

    Annika Napier-Smith is a senior Art History and Communications double major with a minor in Nonfiction writing. During her time in college she has interned with the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Arts and Business Council of Philadelphia, and she currently is working with PACES (Pittsburgh Assistance Center for Educators and Students) to develop and teach the art program for the Homeless Children’s Education Fund. After graduation Annika hopes to work in public policy and advocate for art in education and integration.

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    Anna Kate Payha

    Anna Kate Payha is a sophomore pursuing a major in Architecture with a minor in Studio Arts. When she started at Pitt, she didn't know what she wanted to study, but after taking Approaches to the Built Environment and Foundations Studio Anna Kate found that architecture is her passion. This summer she is interning at a firm in Portugal to explore her interests and broaden her experience. At HAAARCH!!! 2018,  Anna Kate will be presenting a few of her projects from Approaches to the Built Environment class.

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    Patrick Pendergast

    Patrick Pendergast is a junior at the University of Pittsburgh, majoring in the design track of the Architectural Studies program, and minoring in Studio Arts. Patrick grew up in the small town of Wyomissing, PA, where he discovered his interest in the built environment. His architectural career began with 3D SketchUp modeling in high school, as well as developing set designs for the school theatre program. Since his arrival at Pitt, Patrick has significantly expanded his architectural and design vocabularies through the studio, architectural history, and architectural theory classes. He enjoys the outdoors immensely, and was a youth summer camp counselor for three years leading up to his post-secondary schooling: this taught him the patience, determination, and problem solving skills that have supported his career at Pitt, as well as motivating many of his design decisions.

    At HAAAARCH!!!, Patrick will be presenting his final model from Foundations Studio 1.

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    Ilana McAfoos

    Ilana McAfoos is currently a senior in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences. She will be graduating with a B.A in Anthropology with a minor in Museum Studies and a certificate in American Sign Language. Next year she will be attending Cambridge University to pursue a MPhil in Medieval Archaeology. She is very honored and excited to be presenting at this year’s HAAARCH!!!

    At HAARCH!!!, Ilana will be presenting on her internship with Dr. Erin Peters at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. She worked on the ongoing “Egypt on the Nile” (the new Egypt exhibit at the Carnegie) collecting visitor reactions and responses in the form of formative audience evaluations. These responses were used to provide feedback and suggestions for the future design of the new ancient Egyptian exhibit. The study completed focused on the Carnegie funerary boat and a special design that hopes to create a more interactive and engaging experience for the museum visitor.

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    Juliane O’Day

    Juliane O’Day is a senior, majoring in Architectural Studies. Over the summer, she worked as an intern architect at Front Studio Architects, a Pittsburgh-based firm. Juliane is currently enrolled in Honors Design Studio 3, where she and her studio partner are working on a sustainable, affordable housing development for Pittsburgh’s Homewood neighborhood. After graduation, Juliane plans to pursue a master’s degree in architecture; hopefully abroad, which will allow her to continue to travel extensively.

     

    This is the second time she will be featured at HAAARCH!!! Today, she will be presenting her final Design Studio 2 model, which explores a program that incorporates life and death in the nearby Pittsburgh neighborhood of Mount Washington.

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    Darien Pepple

    Darien Pepple is a junior pursuing majors in the History of Art and Architecture and Anthropology with a Museum Studies minor. She interned at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in the spring of 2017, where she designed and administered two audience evaluations for the Walton Hall of Ancient Egypt. Last semester, she began conducting her own research under the supervision of Dr. Erin Peters. She is focusing on the ethics associated with separating African and Egyptian objects in museums and how display techniques impact visitors’ understandings of culture. Her research is centered around case studies of the Carnegie Museum of Art and the African Heritage Room at the Cathedral of Learning. She is a recipient of the Archival Scholars Research Award this semester, which has allowed her to work with professional librarians while rehousing the African Heritage Room archives. Darien also volunteers as a Children’s Program Teaching Assistant for The Art Connection at the Carnegie Museum of Art and hopes to work with educational programs or exhibition design at a museum in the future.

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    Madeline Schatten

    Madeline Schatten is a junior at the University of Pittsburgh minoring in French, Mediterranean Archaeology, and Museum Studies. While growing up in Pittsburgh she developed a passion for museums, especially the Carnegie Museums. Madeline spent the last semester interning at the University of Pittsburgh Art Gallery, where she worked under the University Art Gallery curator Isabelle Chariter. As an intern, Madeline conducted provenance research in order to update the UAG database to include past exhibitions from 1967 onward, and created an online exhibition for the 2014 exhibition Configuring Disciplines.

    At HAAARCH!!! Madeline will be presenting her internship and fielding student questions about interning and the Museum Studies minor program

     

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