Graduate Architecture

Posted May 7, 2019

Gary Polk (MArch'18) Wins Archiprix International Hunter Douglas Award

University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design alumnus Gary Polk (MArch’18) was awarded a 2019 Archiprix International Hunter Douglas Award in Santiago, Chile.

His design, Synthetic Cultures, was one of 7 finalists out of 407 nominees from around the world. He was the only representative from the United States.

Of Polk's work, the jury said, "The narrative is a wonderful 'sci-fi' project. Not every project has to be plausible, and this one takes you out of your comfort zone."

Associate Professor Simon Kim served as an advisor for Synthetic Cultures.

Polk’s project examines nonhuman culture’s role within architecture. He writes, “Ultimately, it suggests answers to the following question: Through what narratives and design strategies can humans co-exist with a culture of autonomous architecture - irreducible to people or to machines, but one that serves itself while interfacing with humans and the environment to create mutually benefiting hybrid realms?”

Polk’s studio work has also been included in department publications Pressing Matters 5 and Pressing Matters 7.