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I wanted to let you know that I am a licensed architect and also the Dean of a school of Architecture in the mid-west, and I served as one of the official jurors in the competition.
I appreciated that you paid a lot of attention in your collection and brainstorming sections to the functional needs of this situation. To make a cafeteria work well, you do need to pay a lot of attention to things like whether or not the kitchen works well. As a compliment to that you might just think a little bit about more qualitative issues as well such as what materials or qualities of light might make for a better experience in the space. As you advance your design work, you want to be able to think about a number of different issues simultaneously.
I also liked that in your analysis you paid attention to the “big picture” by studying the entire site plan of the school. It is always important to zoom out from the assigned design challenge to think about how your surroundings might affect the space you are working on. Later in your process I was not too sure how this information influence your design, but its good that you paid attention to your surroundings.
In the brainstorming section I would just make the observation that most of what you uploaded was actually documentation of the existing conditions, not really an indication of your design ideas yet.
I like that you were paying attention to sustainability issues in proposing the glass roof, however, that would actually be too much glass. This would not reduce energy consumption, but would make the cafeteria like a greenhouse, and thus you would need lots of air conditioning to keep the space cool, even on cool and sunny days.
One thing that could help me understand your project better is to use more written explanations. In the final design I wasn’t really sure about whether or not you followed through with design solutions for things that you indicated were important such as the kitchen function. The way you explain your ideas is just as important as your drawings, especially since in this competition format we can’t have a more open conversation about your ideas, so make sure in the future to put a bit more energy into your explanations.
I was a little surprised that you limited yourself to a very simple black and white model in the final design. This last set of drawings was very clear to read, but since you had a more detailed model that you were using in the development stage, after seeing that I felt that the final drawings didn’t really sell the project. I know you wanted to try using Revit in the last stage, but in this set of drawings mostly your eye is drawn to a bunch of tables, and I am not really even sure how your design is different from the existing cafeteria based on my understanding of this last set of drawings, so you might want to either continue working in the Revit model to make it more descriptive, or perhaps continue developing your ideas further in the Sketchup model.