CPP/ARC at 2x8 AIA|LA student exhibition

2x8 Virtual Exhibition designed by lecturer Garet Ammerman (Image courtesy of Garet Ammerman)
2x8 Virtual Exhibition designed by lecturer Garet Ammerman (Image courtesy of Garet Ammerman)

Students from 16 architecture and design programs throughout California seek to foreshadow the future of housing in 2x8: DOMUM, the annual student exhibition organized by the Los Angeles chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA|LA). The event — fully virtual for the first time in its 14-year history — is free and open to the public during its full run from November 5 - December 31.

Cal Poly Pomona will be represented on several fronts. Athenna Lim ('20) and Britanny Jones ('20) were selected to showcase in the virtual exhibition. Alumnus and lecturer Kirill Volchinskiy ('17) is this year's event chair committee, while the virtual exhibition was designed by lecturer Garet Ammerman. CPP/ARC placed first in 2019 with Ryan V. Nguyen's ('20) entry houseEMOJI.

The exhibition will open with a scholarship award ceremony for the winning projects, and will feature Ammerman's immersive virtual environment where attendees are invited to explore the student work. A total of $30,000 in scholarships will be awarded to students — double the 2019 amount. Also included in the program are AIA|LA public panels addressing racial inequality in academia and housing inclusivity post-COVID-19.

"When it was announced that the May 2020 AIA Domum Exhibition would be cancelled, we were pleased to receive the invitation from the 2x8 Committee to design the virtual exhibit. Without a physical site or material constraints, the interactive opportunities and design direction was expanded," Ammerman said. "As we observed the openings of other virtual galleries, we decided against any familiarity to a physical space. Instead, trying to leverage the potential of a virtual space by rethinking how the students' exhibition work could be viewed.

"In a virtual exhibition there is no entry or exit, no ground floor or penthouse; there is only x, y, z," he continued. "This offers an untethered gallery experience within a field of equally accessible student pods distributed by a graphic scaffolding. The exhibition is both aesthetically specific, yet hierarchically indeterminate. Typography and materials coalesce through an exaggerated perspective. Students’ drawings and 3d models reside within uniquely shaped pods and visitor mobility between projects is purposefully undefined."