2019 Fitzgibbon Charrette

Aki Ishida and Jenna Schintzler with Schintzler's winning drawing, titled Ghost. Photo: Igor Marjanović.

Posted by Sam Fox School March 28, 2019


Senior Jenna Schnitzler is the winner of the 2019 Fitzgibbon Charrette, which took place March 22. Open to all juniors and seniors in architecture, the annual charrette celebrates architectural drawing through a one-day sketch problem where the students refine and further develop one of their studio drawings.

The jury chair and moderator for this year's event was Aki Ishida, associate professor of architecture at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. In her current book Blurred Transparencies, she studies the changing material qualities of glass and its most elusive characteristic, transparency. She examines how transparent glass is rarely crystal clear but is blurred both materially and metaphysically, revealing complex readings of ideals for which glass had stood since early modernism.

Similar to the way that Ishida studies transparency and translucency, students were asked to select one of their drawings that spoke to a particular phenomenon or experience specific to their project and further develop it. The purpose was not only to produce a beautiful, well-crafted drawing, but also to advance the studio project. The revised drawing was expected to show project development and refinement based on feedback provided in reviews and desk crits, including those that occurred during the charrette.

Schnitzler received $1,500 for her first-place submission. The following students received honorable mentions and $400 each:
Zinan Chi
Alessandro Guttilla
Rebecca Shen
Makio Yamamoto
Chenyu Zhang

Igor Marjanović, the JoAnne Stolaroff Cotsen Professor, and assistant professor Kelley Van Dyck Murphy also served on the jury.