Wednesday, October 12, 2011

30 years ago...


....we were thinner, had more hair, and there were a lot more of us! But that did not keep the 1981 KSU School of Architecture grads attending the reunion from enjoying the evening. We were a group of almost 80 that spent 5 years together in the design studio of Taylor Hall. For some reason the profs thought it profitable for our education to give us massively ambitious projects to complete in ridiculously limited amounts of time. Spending days and nights on end together in the studio led to the kind of bonding and camaraderie I imagine goes on in the trenches. And you can imagine the hyjinks that went on at 3 AM when a group fueled by caffeine and the occasional illegal substance needed stress relief.....

But the friendships that were forged during that time endure and become particularly precious as several of our best and brightest were taken from us far too young. Gone but not forgotten; Mario Gumushdian, Dave Dickinson and most recently, Anthony Notaro.