STUDY ABROAD DAY 2018
PROJECT TYPE: EXHIBIT
TEAM: IVAN VENTURA, TY CRABTREE
CLIENT: UTSA COLLEGE OF ARCHITECTURE
One afternoon in Summer 2018, I received a call from UTSA College of Architecture professor, Mark Blizard with an idea to put together a student-organized exhibit. It was to feature all of the best work of my class’ Italian study abroad experience from that previous Spring semester. Immediately following the phone call I partnered with Ty Crabtree, and together we led the direction of this exhibition. Our goal was pass down the baton to the first and second year architecture students, and aid them in anticipating their travels.
I recruited about 10 classmates, each with their own task to fulfill. Some spay-mounted photographs, some gathered and hung sketchbooks, others produced presentation boards on local Italian culture, food, hospitality, etc. Others still helped me personally generate a panel discussion to present to incoming Abroad students. The exhibition became widely recognized within the College of Architecture as a success and an educational breakthrough, helping young students relate to their upperclassmen on a personal level, and give them a glimpse of the kind of magic that is in their near future. Study Abroad day has since become an annual tradition.
A thank you goes out to all of those involved in the realization of this exhibit, including Gary Smith, Gabriel Garcia, Rolando Medina, Benito Leon, Gabriel Cisneros, Jesus Portillo, Ana Vasquez, Richard Castaneda, Eliud Montero, Daisy Rojas-Romo, Jan Maprang, Adrianna Lindz, Urechi Oguguo, Estefania Barajas, and Mark + Norma Blizard, as well as the UTSA College of Architecture, Construction + Planning.