The Department of Interior Architecture + Design held its annual design charrette on October 21 – 26, 2015, in collaboration with the College of Music. 132 undergraduate and first professional graduate students took part in this team-based design event. The four-day event focused on the design of a performance space inspired by a violin musical composition.
The Charrette kick-off was held in Dohnanyi Recital Hall and featured live musical performances by violin majors Melissa Ho, Jia-Rong Gan, Allyson Carroll, Marisa Votapek, Marianna Cutright Brickle and several others. In addition, Dr. Ben Sung, FSU College of Music, provided a special performance of the Corigliano Caprices. Acoustics specialist Dr. Mahsan Mohsenin, FAMU School of Architecture and Engineering Technology, and speech and hearing specialist Dr. Richard Morris, FSU College of Communication and Information, delivered lectures on architectural acoustics and the effects of spatial design on hearing for the design students to integrate into their design solutions. Sarah Gilbert, PhD. candidate FSU College of Music, offered lectures to accompany the musical performances and a special discussion on violin history, craft, and spatial needs for a luthier’s (violin maker) shop and studio.
The charrette is led by Interior Design faculty members Steven Webber and Jim Dawkins. Special thanks to the College of Music and music faculty member Dr. Douglass Seaton.