Barney’s Curiosity Shapes Architecture Research

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The Council on Undergraduate Research defines undergraduate research as “an inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate student that makes an original intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline.” The University of San Diego and its Office of Undergraduate Research support and encourage all undergrads to engage, explore and participate in this valuable activity, part of a strong liberal arts education. This Inside USD article is one in a series to highlight its impact.

INSIDE USD — Ryan Barney asked the question. It’s a simple one, really, but for a student who was very new to architecture, it was stated with the right kind of curiosity.

“What are you working on?” said Barney to fellow University of San Diego student Sou Fang when he was introduced to a research and design project on lightness in architecture led by USD Assistant Professor of Architecture Daniel Lopez-Perez.

Fang told Barney that if he was interested in getting involved, he should speak with Lopez-Perez as “there was still a mountain of work to be done.”

Two and a half years later, Ryan Barney, now a senior, sits in Lopez-Perez’s Camino Hall office to enthusiastically explain the “most important, most beneficial experience I’ve ever had” at USD. (full article).

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