Students of architecture and members of the local architectural community participated in downtown Gainesville’s Artwalk on Friday, October 25 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. They showcased the creative side of their architecture. “It’s an opportunity for us both to show the artistic component of what we do,” said Ron Haase, a board member for the American Institute of Architects Gainesville Chapter.
For this exhibit, “Light up the Night,” six University of Florida architecture students presented conceptual models of studio design projects in a variety of mediums including paper, wood, bass wood, and illustration boards. Also in the exhibition, Gainesville architects presented their painting, sculptural, photographic, and wood-working skills. Haase said many of the members were eager to show people they do more than design buildings.
“Architects have another side of their personalities. Many are true artists,” Haase said.
The event took place at 315 SE Second Ave., which is the new headquarters of the American Institute of Architects Gainesville Chapter. Andres Camacho, a 20-year-old UF architecture junior, said creativity is essential to what architects do. “Architecture itself is a form of art,” said Camacho, president of the UF student chapter of American Institute of Architects. Camacho presented a project he created for class that focuses on the vertical structure of buildings. “Using your creative side in architecture is essential,” he said.