AGENCY Principal Ersela Kripa will direct nineteen students from the NJIT architecture program in the Siena Studio, the New Jersey School of Architecture‘s study abroad program for graduate and undergraduate architecture and design students. This is Kripa’s second year directing the program, which has met with considerable success in past years, with student work being exhibited publicly and published in Siena last summer and exhibited in New Jersey this spring. Under Kripa’s direction, students visit sites throughout Italy exploring the many interdisciplinary and influential contributions of Italian culture to theoretical design legacies and contemporary practice. Through a series of coordinated exercises and workshops in practices of observation, mapping, drawing, painting, and designing, the students develop attitudes and actionable strategies for engaging Italian sites and situations.
The Siena Studio enjoys a long history at NJIT. For years, founded by Peter Lang, and under the direction of Jim Dart and Darius Sollohub, the program has long been a hallmark of the education of NJIT students abroad. Kripa extends this legacy with a rich set of itineraries and workshops, drawing on a network of professional contacts and colleagues in the realm of architecture, art, and design. This year, students will collaborate for the second time with noted contemporary Italian architects and artists. For a complete description of the studio and updates on projects and travels, follow the studio blog at www.sienastudio.org and stay tuned for updates on the AGENCY blog.