This event is organized and presented by the Architectural Glass Institute
MERGE: A design-build installation showcases the design and construction talents of students from the Finishing Trades Institute and Jefferson University (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University)
MERGE began in January when AGI, FTI, and the Jefferson Architecture Program teamed to host the 2017 Architectural Glass Student Design Competition. Third-year architecture students presented design-build proposals for glass pavilions. Over the summer, a special design-build course run through Jefferson teamed six architecture students and six FTI glaziers under the guidance of Jefferson Professor Jeff Kansler and FTI Instructor Steve Metzger. The Jefferson students included competition winner Ryan Mann, Raymond Bracy, Rebecca Caddick, Michael Jose, Jessica Schell, and Morgan Young. FTI participants included Neil Amadio, Jerry Kots, Phil Rothwell, Patrick O’connor, and Joe Wojtkielewicz. The group refined Mann’s winning design and fabricated it for exhibition. The “design” portion of the course took place over three weeks in May. The “build” phase took place over six Saturdays from August through September.
Learn more about MERGE at a panel discussion on Wednesday, 11 October from 5:00-7:30 pm at the Center for Architecture and Design.