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Learning from the Past
In 1978, the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) was founded to create a
specialized professional art college, with the dual goals of providing an excellent arts
education and effective career preparation for students from across the United States
and abroad. Today, with multiple locations and online distance education offerings,
SCAD continues to assiduously adhere to these goals. Beyond its obviously student-centered values, university leadership prides itself on demonstrating quality and
excellence in every aspect of operations, as well as sustaining a respectful and honest
Now, a just-released book—SCAD: The Architecture of
a University—celebrates the institution’s enduring
legacy throughout 360 pages that highlight its most
inspired and inspiring spaces. Co-authors Paula Wallace,
SCAD president and one of its founders (see p. 50),
Margaret Russell, editor-at-large for Galerie and former
editor-in-chief for Architectural Digest and ELLE DECOR,
and Chuck Chewning, principal at Charles H Chewning
Interiors and director of interior design at Studio Rubelli,
reveal the rich history of the university and its architectural
treasures through scholarly research, light anecdotes,
and personal insights. Forty detailed narratives, enhanced
by more than 200 beautiful photographs, outline the
meticulous measures enacted to carefully and artfully
conserve these unique historic structures.
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Jesse Bratter is a freelance writer, editor, stylist, and artist based in
South Florida. Formerly, she was features editor at Luxe Interiors + Design and
associate editor at Florida Design Magazine. She also has penned articles for
Modern Luxury Miami and web-exclusive home tours for Architectural Digest.
The paradigms are constantly shifting, says Gocke Wyre.
And, it all comes back to being continuously agile.
Much like blush or navy are the new neutrals, she says
“kindergarten is the new first grade, primary school
is the new middle school, high school is the new college,
college is more like Corporate America, and corporations
are trying to become more like kindergarten. Wherever
the pendulum swings, designers need to provide spaces
that are flexible enough to meet these perpetual shifts
in culture.” Just like Alexandria Area High School and its
mashup of a school, a Starbucks, and an Apple store.
“In the not-so-distant future,” Gocke Wyre muses, “perhaps
we may not even need classrooms in the traditional
sense—we’ll all be hologramming to class with a virtual
teacher. Or, we’ll be using our fingers to write on an OLED
[organic light-emitting diode] screen, and pen and paper
will virtually cease to exist. Or, students may be able to pick
any teacher in the world and attend class with students
across oceans. Design environments may be more virtual
reality and video game than physical. However we evolve,
I hope that learning environments continue to provide
spaces for human interaction and kinship.”