EID Lecture with Victoria McReynolds – Modes of Capturing Violet Light

Modes of Capturing Violet Light outlines the Light 110 fieldwork Victoria McReynolds completed along the West Coast of the Americas and draws connections to a rich history of artists and scientists exploring how structures representing unusual light allow people to see and inhabit the landscapes where such light occurs. Additionally, this presentation positions the close reading of otherworldly light as an invitation to reimagine spatial orientation and techniques for engaging the planetary scale.

This lecture is part of the Environmental and Interior Design (EID) Lecture Series.

Victoria McReynolds, Assistant Professor at Texas Tech University, College of Architecture

Victoria McReynolds is an architect and educator based on the Llano Estacado in West Texas. Her research focuses on site and light conditions recently evident in her seven month survey project along the Pacific Coast across 110 degrees latitude in North and South America. She is a 2015 Center for Art + Environment Research Fellow at the Nevada Museum of Art and a 2017 CRITPrax Fellow for Lawrence Technological University. She studied architecture at California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo and received her Masters of Architecture at Cranbrook Academy of Art. McReynolds teaches at Texas Tech University College of Architecture where she utilizes the West Texas light and landscape as a laboratory for her design studios. In 2011 and 2014 she co-founded design studios that surveyed urban environments shaped by the natural forces of gravity and water, in Valparaíso, Chile, and Venice, Italy respectively. She has presented and exhibited her work at venues ranging from Illinois Institute of Technology’s Crown Hall in Chicago, to the London School of Economics in London, UK. Professionally she worked in Los Angeles, California, and Detroit, Michigan, most memorably with Michael Rotondi on a traditional Buddhist temple in California Tehachapi Mountains, and maintains an active architecture license.


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