The League is pleased to announce this year’s recipients of the Deborah J. Norden Fund travel grants:
Kevin Malawski for “Pikionis’ Pathway: Paving the Acropolis” and Priyanka Shah for “Deep Skins: Roger Anger’s Façade Operations.”
In order to explore the relationship between modern planning principles and regional sensitivity and building methods, Kevin Malawski will travel to Athens, Greece to document the intricacies of Dimitris Pikionis’ 5-kilometer-long pathway to the Acropolis. The mid-20th century pathway is a product of Pikionis’ academic background in modernist design and construction coupled with his personal research in regional Greek cities. Malawski will examine how Pikionis designed his mosaic-paved walkways to address functional concerns common to the Mediterranean climate by including guttering and trenches to divert water from seasonal downpours, while also situating the walkways within olive tree groves to frame vistas for the visitor. In order to fill an academic void, Malawski will document the pathway through sketches, photographs, and diagrams to explore this case study of Pikionis’ architecture, which “employs a mix of operative regionalist undertones with modernism to define a space which authentically relates to the ancient Acropolis it is sited on.” Malawski received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Drexel University and currently works as a Project Lead and Designer for EwingCole.
Priyanka Shah will travel to Paris and Grenoble to document the geometric articulations and arrangements that characterize the façades of Roger Anger’s high-rise residential buildings. An influential French architect in the 1950s-60s, Anger’s façade designs present a “direct antecedent to contemporary computational design” because of the links between spatial planning and façade patterning. The façade variations are not simply a result of surface formalism, but refer to the buildings’ interior programs. Upon Anger’s death, the majority of his work was kept with his estate and remains inaccessible to the public. Shah will consult various archives in Paris and Anger’s completed buildings in Paris and Grenoble to create a comprehensive digitized monograph of his most complex residential projects and façade designs. Shah received her Master of Science in Architectural Studies and Master of City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and currently works as an Architectural Designer with Grimshaw Architects.