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D'Arcy Jones' exhibition and talk brings community together

Posted by Solange Richer de Lafleche on October 12, 2023 in Architecture, Events, Alumni & Friends
D'Arcy Jones' exhibition and talk brings community together
D'Arcy Jones' exhibition and talk brings community together

Last month, the Faculty’s Dalhousie Architectural Press (DAP) and School of Architecture hosted an exhibition by alumni D'Arcy Jones and his firm, D'Arcy Jones Architects.

Jones’ 2022 book with DAP, D'Arcy Jones Architects: 2009-2020, presents works by the firm that investigate the routines of everyday life, highlighting the promise of architecture based on looking, listening, and active engagement: works that emphasize civility.

The exhibition, which ran from September 11th to 16th, expanded on the themes of the book, presenting a more detailed explanation of how natural light, movement, and spatial proportions informed the creation of these buildings.

Students view works by D'Arcy Jones Architects

The 14 works on display featured additional images not found in the book, early renderings, circulation plans, concept sketches, and sets of construction drawings meant to be examined and leafed through by participants. "These drawings and diagrams are the heart of the show," explained Jones. "Reflecting on our own university years, we wanted to exhibit the kind of details and drawings that architecture students are unfortunately not exposed to enough in their classes or on their co-op work terms. Sketches, analysis diagrams, and construction drawings for every project in our recent book were on display, giving students a thorough behind-the-scenes tutorial about how we think, design, and build.”

"Exhibitions like this are wonderful opportunities to showcase significant Canadian architectural work from one of our celebrated alums," says James Forren, Director of the School of Architecture. "The timing of D'Arcy's show was such that it provided an exceptional teaching and learning instrument for our introductory architecture courses, with instructors incorporating sketching exercises at the exhibit into their lessons."

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To round off the exhibition, D'Arcy Jones joined DAP and team for a reception, bringing together alumni and friends for a guided talk of his works followed by a Q&A. Alumni, students, faculty, and guests were offered insight into the firm's process for tackling everyday problems in unique and creative ways, and had the opportunity to have their copy of his book signed by the author. "We had a terrific turnout from the architecture, development, and building community throughout Halifax along with instructors and students from the School," comments Forren. "All in all, it was a great celebration for the larger School community."