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Watercolor by Charles Piper

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Artist’s Choice: Perceiving Architecture

Wednesday, Jul 18

6:00 PM–8:00 PM


We spend most of our lives inside and around buildings but do we appreciate the effect of these environments? When we experience an expressive piece of architecture, like the Markel Center, our senses are heightened. Designed by Steven Holl Architects, the ICA’s building is a good case study for observing and assessing our responses to form, space, light, passage and other phenomena of architecture.

Bring your smartphone and join Andrea Quilici and Charles Piper of BCWH for an interactive experience that introduces concepts of spatial experience and the psychology surrounding responses to the built environment. Through exploration and photos you will document specific spaces and features of the building that impact you in different ways. Then using social media, we’ll aggregate and display the images to review and discuss the reactions and perceptions of the group. You will walk away with heightened powers of observation and a deeper appreciation for the impact of design in the places where you live, work, and play.

Charles Piper, AIA, LEED AP, is a principal with BCWH and leads the firm’s practice in higher education planning and design. He has been sketching the ICA’s Markel Center since construction began in 2014.

Andrea Quilici, AIA, LEED AP, is an associate with BCWH who for over 20 years has enjoyed working on institutional projects of different sizes and complexity. BCWH is the Associated Architect who worked with Steven Holl Architects on the ICA.