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Carrie McKnelly / Ohio State, Architecture

Gui Auditorium / Knowlton Hall
April 13, 2016 - 5:30pm

Carrie McKnelly will present a lecture in Knowlton Hall’s Gui Auditorium at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13, 2016. The talk is free and open to the public.

McKnelly is the Austin E. Knowlton School of Architecture Howard E. LeFevre ’29 Emerging Practitioner Fellow for 2015-16. The LeFevre Fellowship is awarded annually to an architect who is beginning to make their mark on the profession and provides the practitioner with a platform to develop their research over the academic year.

McKnelly’s research is focused on tensile structures and knit patterns that have performance-based criteria. Her approach is to compute the material pattern and organize the fibers in a way that relate to the structure, and to assess if the patterns can start to follow some of the stresses within the form.

In addition to Kevlar and metal, McKnelly has also experimented with a polyester material similar to one used by Nike. At MIT, she conducted tests in the engineering lab to evaluate how much stress the fibers could take before breaking. The goal of McKnelly’s research is to translate this approach to architecture.

McKnelly received her Bachelor of Architecture degree from Pratt and is a 2015 graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, receiving her Master of Science in Architectural Studies. MIT’s Master of Science, obtained through the Computation and Design Group, is a post-professional degree program focused on research.