Studio IV Proposals Exhibited in Plemmons Student Union

As part of the Black Mountain College semester at Appalachian (Spring 2018), eighteen students in TEC 4748 Architectural Design Studio IV, were given a challenge by Jeff Cathey, Director of the Department of Student Engagement and Leadership at Plemmons Student Union.


The challenge?

Design a new “Black Mountain Terrace” to renovate and improve the existing Howard's Knob Patio.


The problem?

Howard's Knob Patio at Plemmons Student Union is a highly visible yet severely underutilized space in the heart of the Appalachian campus. Using a competition project format sponsored by PSU, students developed comprehensive design proposals for the terrace to better harness its potential as an educational place and event space.


The goals?

The students were challenged to develop a design proposal that addressed five primary project goals:

  • To create a signature destination outdoor space for PSU
  • To provide multi-functional flexibility for PSU programming and events
  • To promote an experiential engagement with sustainability at PSU
  • To clarify wayfinding and access to the PSU terrace
  • To propose strategic phasing for completing the new PSU terrace


The teams?

The studio was organized into three distinct project teams to develop three unique design proposals. These teams were:



Elvie Sumner (Project Manager), Isaiah Relliford, Aat Lindeque, Tim Lunsford, Alexander Kuhn, and Loi Dang


 Fully Awake Design

DJ Thornton (Project Manager), Balam Ray, Daniel Rojas, Brandon Hoskins, Edward Austin, and Brian Lunghi


 New Era Design

Tori Whicker (Project Manager), Stiben Jones, Nathan Rector, Austin Clark, David Hume, and Micah McCall

 Guided by Black Mountain College Fellow and Associate Professor D. Jason Miller, AIA, NCARB, the studio experientially immersed itself in the cultural and educational models deployed at Black Mountain College (1933-1957) to engage this design challenge.


So? Which studio team was up for the challenge??

Let us know! Vote for your favorite design by visiting Plemmons Student Union and reviewing the exhibit on the third floor at the entrance to Howard’s Knob Patio!

Studio IV Proposals Exhibited in Plemmons Student Union
Published: Oct 22, 2018 3:06pm