Updated: Sep 9, 2021

What do you do to relax/take a break from studio?

Jack – It really depends on the day. Weather permitting, I love playing disc golf. I have been disc golfing for over 10 years now and it is one of my favorite pastimes. The Bowling Green course is pretty bad, but it is a fun way to spend an hour. Besides that, I watch a lot of anime in my free time. I grew up watching it with my dad and have continued enjoying the medium to this day. It is the reason I chose to base my Honors Project around Architecture in Anime.

Isabelle - When I am relaxing outside of the studio, I like to hang out with friends or play my guitar. I also love to be outdoors in nature.

Gianna - To relax from studio, I spend time with my roommates and boyfriend. I also love going outside to have a picnic or work out. This usually makes me feel less stressed about studio because it is distracting.

JP – I like to walk around campus and appreciate the new and old architecture. I also like to sketch random things while watching Netflix or YouTube.

Fletch – I love to drive and explore the area around Northwest Ohio by myself and with my friends. When I explore, I take pictures and videos and when I can’t go out, I stay home and work on whatever random project or video games my friends and I are into that month. Sometimes it’s Minecraft and sometimes it’s GTA V idk.

Robert – To relax from studio, I slackline, climb, hike, and hang out with friends.

Madeline – To take a break from studio, I like playing piano, drawing, watching a show, and hanging out with friends.

Erin - When I am relaxing outside of studio I enjoy baking, drawing, and watching cartoons.

Gabby - Dance provides both cardio exercise and creative expression that help relieve me of the stress and expectation of studio life. Not only does it serve as an escape from thinking about studio, but it also contributes greatly to balancing my mental and physical health.

Sydnie – As of this past summer I have been taking more time to focus on both my mental and physical health on top of balancing it with my day-to-day life. Going to the gym before or after studio has really helped me. I try going 4-5 times a week, on days off I like going thrifting, or dedicating extra time to my graphic and print work.

Josh – If I still have energy after studio, I really enjoy cooking. It’s something I look forward to doing even after a long day. Aside from that I really enjoy music, I play the trumpet and a little bit of piano.

Gabby Vitela - I usually like to do something to take my mind off of my work. This means either doing puzzles, board games, other brain games, etc. I also love to swim!

Ayden – I like to go longboarding with my friends and explore while we’re at it. Finding new routes and roads to go down is always fresh and exciting!

This blog post will be a continuing series following the, “behind the scenes” work of the Naval Reserve Armory. At this moment, there is no schedule as to when these will be posted. They will only be posted when there are updates. Additionally, in the next few weeks, there will be multiple blog posts each week focusing on topics in the major, hobbies, alternative career paths in architecture, and more. Make sure to check the website frequently for these

and more!

Last month, our chapter was invited to meet with John and Jeff Nowakowski, co-founders of The Last Patrol. The Last Patrol is a Toledo-based non-profit dedicated to preserving and continuing Naval history and youth training. Through a very close working relationship with the Commodore Perry Division of the U.S. Naval Sea Cadets and Navy League Cadets, teach the youth of Northwest Ohio naval traditions, skills, and disciplines they can apply

to their own lives. To continue their efforts, they are trying to obtain the Naval Reserve Armory at Bayview Park. This breathtaking building was finished in 1935 and was used until 1988. Unfortunately, after the premise was vacated, the building was not maintained and has continued to deteriorate for the past thirty-three years. Currently, the building is in rough shape. With extensive water damage, the facades are crumbling and water is

winning the battle of attrition. Together, with The Last Patrol, we are trying to save this beautiful building through historic resurrection. Unlike preservation, we are not trying to save it all, it is past that point. After (hopefully) securing the property, the Nowakowski brothers aim to demolish the building and use the recycled materials to build it from the ground up back to its former glory. This is why we were asked to go on this journey with them. Simply put, they need funding. However, with limited CAD and architectural skills, they are unable to create drawings and renderings that can help crowdfund this project. Right now, a small team of AIAS BGSU board members is creating a 3D model and drawings for this project. Unlike a Freedom by Design project, I made the decision to restrict this to a small group of volunteers to expedite the work for them. With this work, The Last Patrol can push their crowdfunding efforts and continue their efforts of trying to receive funding from Toledo. But, just because you were not able to be part of this stage, does not mean there is no chance for you to be involved in this project. When they are able to secure the building, this project will turn into the first large-scale Freedom by Design project here at BGSU. From helping clear debris and trees to one day painting the walls, this project is

planned to extend multiple board cycles.

Also, there are two additional side notes that need mentioning. First, our wonderful marketing director has agreed to create videos about the rendering process for this building. If you are unsure how to render a SketchUp model in Lumion and want to stay more up to date on this project, these videos will help. Second, we have also been

asked to discuss a potential project with the Toledo Yacht Club. If accepted, this project would be aimed towards this fall semester as a FBD project where many of you would have the opportunity to be involved. Be sure to check our blog posts consistently for more information.

Chapter President,

Jack Collins

Posted below is our schedule for the Fall Semester