Wednesday, December 21, 2011

evolution with glass

It has always been a dream of mine to design with glass.

It was during my last two years in a high school drafting class that I started working on a house design that had a glass stair case and a sunken glass living room. ( yes it was the early 70’s when sunken living rooms were all the rage ) .

Photo from Hospitality Design
From October 31, 2011

My high school drafting teacher , Mr. Nolan, didn’t tell me that my glass house design was impractical or unattainable . Instead he encouraged me to continue to design and handed me an application to Harvard’s Graduate School of Design summer program in architecture

Nervous and armed with an immature portfolio I headed off to Harvard in 1976.
In a rather odd turn of events I did not get into the Architecture department as I had hoped , instead I was placed in the Landscape Architecture program.
Inside Gund Hall - my desk was on the second floor about where that jacket is hanging.
From October 31, 2011

Outside view of the GSD
From October 31, 2011

Link to the GSD website

It’s been 35 years later from that first class in L.A.(landscape architecture) and I am still intrigued to design with glass.

Working with recycled broken glass

From San Francisco Garden Show 2008

From San Francisco Garden Show 2008

From San Francisco Garden Show 2008

From San Francisco Garden Show 2008


Desert Dweller said...

Elegant! Thanks for sharing...and the '08 SF display garden even more so.

Debra Lee Baldwin said...

Michelle, I love your design aesthetic! Very cool to learn about your past, and that you went to Harvard. But I'm confused---what was in L.A.?

Deviant Deziner, aka Michelle said...

Hello Debra.
Sorry for the confusion. "LA" was short for Landscape Architecture .

Hope you have a fruitful new year.