College of Environmental design alumna Tolya Stonorov, AIA, (M.Arch '03) is set to publish a book on November 3, 2017, titled The Design Build Studio: Crafting Meaningful Work in Architecture Education (Routledge, 2018). The book examines sixteen international community driven design-build case studies through process and product, with preceding chapters on community involvement, digital and handcraft methodologies and a graphic Time Map. Together these projects serve as a field guide to the current trends in academic design-build studios, a window into the different processes and methodologies being taught and realized today.
With this book, Stonorov seeks to articulate the concept that building, making, and designing are intersectional—knowledge on one strengthens the understanding of the others. She also discusses the necessity of hands-on learning to translate abstract theories and ideas into real world experience.
The book includes an endorsement from Dana Buntrock, Professor of Architecture at the College of Environmental Design and chair of the Center for Japanese Studies at UC Berkeley.
“These sweetly empowering stories share seat-of-the-pants problem-solving, tricks and tips learned in the course of ambitious, student-built public architecture installed around the corner and across the world,” Buntrock said.
In addition to authorship, Stonorov is a registered architect, Assistant Professor at Norwich University, Vermont, and co-founder of Stonorov Workshop, an architecture and building collaborative.
You can read more about The Design Build Studio and purchase the book here.