Sirota Wins ASCA Faculty Design Award

Sirota Wins ASCA Faculty Design Award

Assistant Professor Anya Sirota has been honored with the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ASCA) Faculty Design Award for 2016. The ASCA FD Award provides a venue for work that advances the reflective nature of practice and teaching in architecture and related environmental design fields as a critical endeavor.

Sirota’s work, titled Electroform(alism), explores a hybrid way of making and reviving nineteenth century metal electroforming techniques. Electroforming is a metal forming process that is suited for precision and complexity. Sirota looks at adjusting these early concepts and translating them to contemporary design.

Electroform(alism) is conceptually inspired by Detroit’s industrial landscape, which has served as the site of a large scrap metal harvest since the onset of the city’s economic collapse. Metal prices have recently been driven up and motivated the workforce to take action. In light of this flux of resources, Electroform(alism) speculates the ways that architecture can both materially and discursively interfere with predictable market flows by conceptualizing new models of fabrication. In continuing to work on this form and its benefits, Electroform(alism) remains an ongoing and collaborative research project.

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