Posted on Thursday, May 13, 2010
With the assistance of the Eric Cohler Internship and Travel Award, Katherine Giglio '11 will spend two weeks at Eric Cohler Design, Inc. in New York City before crossing the Atlantic for an intensive, 10-day study of different architectural styles throughout Paris.
"To understand architecture you need to understand the historical context in which a building is created," says Giglio, an architecture major and studio art minor.
And to that end, she will examine French architecture, from Renaissance-era structures to the most modern buildings.
First examining the roots of French architecture, starting with the Renaissance, Classical, and Rococo periods, Giglio will gain a basic understanding of the historical architecture of Paris; she will then progress to the work of Haussmann and his reorganization of Paris, the Art Noveau era and the influence of the industrial revolution on architecture, the work of Le Corbusier and finally the modern era.
"I will be able to look at the architecture and attempt to understand how the modern pieces work within their given environment and how they relate to the architecture of Paris as a whole," Giglio says.
Supported by gifts from Eric Cohler '81, this annual award supports one Hobart or William Smith student interested in design and/or the arts through internship and study abroad experiences. By supplementing classroom education with off-campus experiences, students gain practical insights and a heightened understanding of the demands and rewards of future careers.
Established in 1991, Eric Cohler Design, Inc. specializes in interior design and restoration. The firm is led by Cohler, dubbed the "Mixmaster" by magazine editors for using classical elements juxtaposed with contemporary materials for a jolt of unusual color or texture. His projects have included houses, apartments, and commercial spaces, across the United States, Europe and the Caribbean.
Giglio is a JumpStart tutor and, during this past fall, was an architectural/design intern for HWS Buildings and Grounds, reviewing the plans and designs of the new performing arts and athletics facilities, working with B&G staff on construction, layout, planning and cost for campus buildings, and drafting designs for a new B&G facility.