Biographies

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    Maria Hernandez

    Maria Hernandez is a junior pursuing the B.S. degree in Architectural Studies and is minoring in Studio Arts. She originally started as a biology major taking art classes “for the soul”, but after hearing about the Architectural Studies program, she decided to investigate more. Upon  realizing that architecture was the perfect marriage of both logic and art, she decided to switch her major to Architectural Studies. 

     

    Maria spent summer 2018 working as an intern at Fisher ARCHitecture. At the same time, she also had the opportunity to work as an Architectural Educator at Carnegie Museum of Art’s Summer Camp. From last semester to present, she works at Carnegie Mellon University teaching Architectural Exploration Outreach for children. During the summer of 2019, she will continue to work for Carnegie Museum of Art’s Summer Camp program.

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    Tom Lucy

    Tom Lucy is a graduating senior with a major in Architectural Studies on the Preservation Track. Growing up in the Mon Valley he became fascinated with the strong architectural character of the region and witnessed the breadth of its decay firsthand. Although he came to Pitt as a pharmacy student, he returned to his passion for architecture and urban industrial history and hasn't looked back. This semester he is interning with the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation, the organization that first introduced him to the idea of historic preservation in middle school.

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    Jiashun Gao

    Jiashun Gao is a sophomore majoring in Architecture B.S and minoring in Studio Arts. He is also pursuing a certificate in Asian Studies. He is very interested in the history, culture, and politics of different countries and has travelled to many places to gain first-hand experience. He was born and raised in China and came to the US to receive a different type of education. He chose to study architecture because it is a perfect combination of art and science. He is currently learning and exploring the abstract architectural concepts in Design Studio 1. He will pursue a M.Arch degree after graduating from Pitt.

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    Harisa Martinos

    Harisa Martinos is a sophomore, majoring in Architectural Studies with a certificate in Sustainability. Coming into Pitt, Harisa planned on pursuing a degree in Environmental Science, but after taking a couple of Architecture courses, she fell in love with design and the interstitial step between an initial idea and the final piece. On top of studying architecture, Harisa is a Resident Assistant and will continue working as one in the Appreciation of the Arts Living Learning Community next year! After graduation, Harisa hopes to pursue her masters in Landscape Architecture with focuses in ecological restoration and urban environmental planning.

     

    Harisa is very excited to present the design that her class has worked on as a group. The design is a seating area made out of unconventional materials, such as cardboard tubes and bamboo, as a part of Pitt’s new design build studio (HAA 1910). The design is currently in the process of review by the university architect and is planned to be built by the end of the semester in Benedum courtyard.

     

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    Lisa Canavan

    Lisa Canavan is a senior double majoring in Studio Arts and Art History with a minor in Museum Studies.  After working in business and raising a family, Lisa returned to college part-time to pursue a lifelong interest in the arts.  Connectivity and the natural world are themes that inspire her artwork and art historical studies.  She greatly enjoys her academic pursuits and has been twice recognized as a university scholar.  Lisa is currently interning at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh digitizing and cataloging the Pittsburgh Photographic Library Collection, from which she is also curating an exhibition called Men’s Work/Women’s Work, which will be shown in the Gallery@Main.  After graduation, Lisa plans to pursue her own artistic interests along with volunteering in the art field.

     

    At HAAARCH!!! 2019, she will be presenting research in the PechaKucha style on artist Rachel Rose’s Lake Valley installation shown in the Carnegie International along with Sarah Hamilton and Rose Hawk.

     

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    Erica Conner

    Erica Conner is a sophomore Architectural Studies major and Studio Arts minor. While this is only her first year in the Architectural Studies program, she has made the most of it by diving head first into the content of her courses. Over the years she has traveled all around the world, sparking an interest in art and architecture; however, it wasn’t until taking Western Architecture during her freshman year that her inner architect blossomed. During the remainder of her time at the University of Pittsburgh, Erica hopes to participate in a study abroad program and an internship that expand her love and knowledge of architecture even more. At HAAARCH!!! 2018, Erica will be presenting her group installation from Approaches to the Built Environment with one of her group members, Samantha Baird.

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    Jackson Bender

    Jackson Bender is a junior Majoring in History of Art and Architecture. He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania but moved to Pittsburgh when he was four years old. Jackson spent most of his childhood playing with LEGOs or video games with his two brothers, and often times visited Pitt’s campus with his mother, spending a lot of time in her office at the Frick Fine Arts Building, where he gained an appreciating for art history. He is hoping to find a way to work with video games in his career, whether that be in making them or studying them as through the lens of art history.

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    Katherine Bell

    Katherine Bell is a senior majoring in Architectural Studies and minoring in Studio Arts. Kate originally entered Pitt undecided, but found architecture to be a good match for her mix of logic and passion for art. Raised in a military family, she tries to incorporate her travels when possible. After graduation in spring 2019, Kate plans to continue working with G Architecture & Research Collaboration in Norfolk, Virginia. Kate will be presenting her final project from Studio 2, an architecture building that is based on the hierarchy of a bee colony. 

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    Han Bui

    Han Bui is a Sophomore pursuing a B.S. in Architecture and minors in Sociology and Studio Arts. Architecture has always been her biggest passion and joy in life. As an International student from Vietnam, she is very fortunate to be able to observe how different architectural elements and atmospheres in a space influence one’s everyday experiences in different cultural settings. Han is strongly interested in architectural styles from different time periods and how they evoke different emotions and behaviors of the inhabitants. She believes that the evolving landscapes we see around us are often a narrative backdrop of time and change, reflecting the evolving storyline of our society. Spending most of her breaks traveling, Han seeks to explore in more depth the sociological and philosophical impacts that architecture has around the world.  She hopes to learn about the discipline not only as a discourse on aesthetically-pleasing, functional designs but also as a tool that connects humanity with nature in more integrative, sustainable, yet meaningful ways. At HAAARCH, Han will be presenting a model of her Family River Retreat from Foundations Studio, where she became greatly fascinated by both the pragmatic and poetic aspects of design.

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    Teresa Leatherow

    Teresa Leatherow is a senior in the College of Business Administration and Swanson School of Engineering. She has concentrated her undergraduate coursework, research, and initiatives on the intersection of economic, environmental, and social dimensions of the built environment, such as sustainability, transportation, and technology. Most notably, Teresa has conducted extensive undergraduate research on these topics at the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark, and through her community-based science communication organization Co-OP: Connecting Ordinary People.

    Most recently, Teresa has worked with Traffic21 of the Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy of Carnegie Mellon University as an Elsie Hillman Honors Scholar to better understand how policy and technology converge to create more equitable, accessible transportation systems. Teresa is interested in applying her research and academic background to improving various aspects of Pittsburgh relating to sustainability, transportation, and economic development. At HAAARCH!!!, Teresa will present various research findings and projects relating to the built environment, highlighting challenges and opportunities for the city of Pittsburgh.

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