Graduate Architecture

Posted November 21, 2018
  • "Synthetic Cultures" by Gary Polk (MArch'18)

PennDesign Alumnus Nominated for International Competition

PennDesign Alumnus Gary Polk (MArch’18) has been nominated for the Archiprix International biennial competition. His design, Synthetic Cultures, is one of 22 projects out of 320 submissions selected for consideration. He is the only nominee from the United States.

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 work has also been included in department publications Pressing Matters 5 and Pressing Matters 7.

The winners will be announced at an award ceremony in Santiago, Chile on May 3, 2019.