Biographies

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    Anika Shah

    Anika Shah is a senior Architectural Studies major and a double minor in Studio Arts and Sociology. Anika is Pitt's current AIAS (American Institute of Architecture Students) Chapter President. She will be amongst the first from Pitt to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture. At first, she was unsure which field to pursue in her studies at Pitt, but after much exploration, she decided that architecture was the perfect fit. In the summer of 2015, Anika traveled to both Paris and Prague, where she became fascinated by the influential nature of architecture and the experiences it evokes. She also traveled to Berlin this past summer to complete her architectural internship. After finishing her degree at Pitt, she will continue traveling and enter graduate school in the fall to obtain her master’s in architecture. At HAAARCH!!! 2018, Anika will be presenting her Design Studio 3 final project with her partner Jack Weinfeld.

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    Isabella Sigado

    Isabella Sigado is a senior Art History major and Museum Studies Minor. She has previously served as the curatorial intern at the Frick Art and Historical Center as well as the Andy Warhol Museum, gallery intern at Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery, Undergraduate TA for Special Topics: Museum Studies, and installation volunteer at the Boulder Museum of Modern Art. Currently, Isabella works at the Andy Warhol Museum as their Digital Engagement Intern.

     

    Though her primary focus has always been Contemporary Curation, Isabella’s priority has shifted towards interdisciplinary, specifically technological, interventions in the museum space. She hopes to pursue a career in digital engagement for arts and culture focused institutions following her graduation this April.

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    Abigail Sites

    Abigail Sites is a senior majoring in History of Art and Architecture and Anthropology, with a certificate in Russian and Eastern European Studies, specifically a concentration in Ottoman and Turkish art. During her time at Pitt, Abigail has held a variety of positions at museums in the area, including the Heinz History Center; the Fort Pitt Museum; and Fort Ligonier Museum.

    Abigail has spent the last two years of her time at the University of Pittsburgh researching Henry Clay Frick’s homes in Pittsburgh and New York City and their transitions into public museums, particularly the layouts of each museum and how this affects visitor experience. In the Spring of 2017 Abigail was awarded a fully funded research opportunity from the Office of Undergraduate Research where she travelled to New York City to further her knowledge and research with The Frick Collection.  At HAAARCH Abigail will be presenting a portion of her honors thesis, “Henry Clay Frick: From Private to Public”, centering around the aesthetic values of Henry Clay Frick’s homes and their influence on visitors.

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    Ben Tushar

    Ben Tushar is an Architectural Studies major with a minor in Studio Arts, and is set to graduate in April, 2018. Ben came to Pitt as an Engineer, with a strong passion and background for developing and building things to solve problems. After being underwhelmed with the amount of physical creation in Engineering, Ben switched to Architectural Studies, with great success. Ben has been involved in multiple extracurricular groups at Pitt, including the American Institute of Architecture Students, the National Society for Leadership and Success, and the Pitt Intercollegiate Snowboard Team. Ben also serves as the Pitt Campus General for SOL Republic Headphones, and spent his summer of 2017 interning at WD Partners, a retail architecture firm in Columbus, Ohio, working for major clients such as Red Bull, Target, Dave and Busters, Shake Shack, and many more. After graduating, Ben plans to find a job in the design field and is currently applying to careers in industries ranging from architecture and product design, to special effects and video game development.

    At HAAARCH!!!, Ben is presenting his Design Studio One project, which brings together his interests in architecture and art, using folding architecture to create a community gallery and education center to revitalize the community of Hazelwood.

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    Marina Wei

    Marina Wei is a senior graduating this spring with a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Arts and a minor in Museum Studies. She is currently focused on creating installation art that explores the topics of impermanence and nature. Along with creating installation art, Marina is working at the Mattress Factory as a museum educator. After graduation, she hopes to be able to continue along the path of museum education. At HAAARCH!!! Marina will be presenting on her museum education internship with the Mattress Factory.

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    Olivia Zielinski

    Olivia Zielinski is a Junior from Nazareth, PA, majoring in Architectural Studies.  After completing two years in the Biology major, Olivia decided it wasn’t for her and dove head first into the Architecture program, changing her major to architectural studies without having any past experience.  After one semester, she was hooked!  Olivia plans on completing an internship in the summer of 2019 after spending more time within the major.  At HAAARCH!!! Olivia will be presenting her Foundation Studio 1 final project which focused on incorporating previously built public and private pavilions onto a riverside site.

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    Emma Vescio

    Emma Vescio is a senior History of Art and Architecture major with a minor in English. She is interested in queer theory, relationships with objects, intimacy, definitions, personal archives, and time. Emma has held positions with Carnegie Museum of Art, Mattress Factory: Museum of Contemporary Art, Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, Bunker Projects, Silver Eye Center for Photography, and other Pittsburgh-based arts organizations. She hopes to continue her passion for contemporary art in grad school within the upcoming years, and ultimately plans to pursue a career in curation or exhibition planning.

    At HAAARCH!!!, Emma will be discussing her honors thesis project on contemporary artist Adam Milner. Her thesis is a comparative study on Adam Milner’s work in relation to artists such as Felix Gonzalez-Torres and Andy Warhol. She examines notions of Milner’s life and collections of objects as an archive while discussing the intricacies of existing as a queer artist.

     

     

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    Anna Kate Payha

    Anna Kate Payha is a junior 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 Foundation Studio Anna Kate found that architecture is her passion. Last summer she interned for an artist in Portugal to explore her interests and broaden her experience. At HAAARCH!!! 2019,  Anna Kate will be presenting her Studio 1 Project and a summary of her internship at Joana Vasconcelos Studio.

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    Natalie Petrini

    Natalie Petrini is a sophomore Architectural studies major with a minor in Philosophy. She grew up just north of Pittsburgh in Mars, Pennsylvania. She completed her first year of undergraduate school at Duquesne University, after exploring other majors she decided to pursue a degree in architecture. Eventually, she found her place here within the HAAARCH community. Natalie has ambitions to be a practicing architect in the future and is passionate about the importance of sustainability as well as the relationships between built and natural spaces. This summer, she hopes to complete an architectural internship where people may share these passions.

    At HAAARCH!!! 2019 Natalie will be presenting her Foundations Studio final project with which she explored the nuances between public and private spaces.

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    Wanyan Ma

    Wanyan Ma is a junior majoring in History of Art and Architecture and Economics as well as minoring in Linguistics with Certificates in Asian and European Studies. She fell in love with art history in high school and has only become more enamored with it at Pitt.

    Wanyan studied abroad in Cuba and Italy last year – both amazing, incredible experiences. Ask her about all the art she saw! She is also a Pittsburgher but is not very good at it.

    For HAAARCH!!! 2019, Wanyan will be presenting her project for the Honors College’s THINK Research Fellowship, which looks at depictions of the cadaver in Western and Eastern art and medical illustrations. She gives a shout out to Professor Jennifer Josten.

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