UTA School of Architecture

May–October 2008

Students and faculty from the University of Texas at Arlington's Architecture program designed three walls that consider the meanings associated with materials used by architects and interior designers to shape the spaces around us. “Materials are an essential aspect of how architectural designers convey meaning. Whether that meaning is strength and permanence or flexibility and impermanence, architects use materials to communicate ideas about the tactile world we live in. We have attempted to challenge the conventional perception of a familiar material by transforming the methods by which it is formed and installed. We seek to create a material quality that draws the viewer closer—to investigate and even to touch.”—Brad Bell, Professor