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Zachary Wignall is the recipient of the 2017 SOM Prize for Architecture, Design and Urban Design.
He received his Master of Architecture degree in April 2017 from the University of Florida Graduate School of Architecture where he was awarded the Henry Adams AIA Medal and Certificate for academic achievement. He taught as a Graduate Teaching Assistant to the introductory design studios in the University of Florida and was a co-editor along with four colleagues on the initial student-run graduate publication for the Graduate School of Architecture. He holds a Bachelor of Design in Architecture from the University of Florida School of Architecture, received in May 2015.

Growing up in Salt Lake City, Utah and Oviedo, Florida, Zach has become fascinated with how landscape relates to architectural place. His topic “Indexical Architecture / A Synthesis of Subtleties” seeks to probe the sensory subtleties of space in relationship to their place. He will travel through varying landscapes of the United States and Europe focusing on subtle experiential gestures between landscape, space, and the body.

In 2016, Zachary spent four months at UF’s Vicenza Institute of Architecture in Vicenza, Italy where he began questioning the role of sensory subtleties and the architectural qualities of place, layers, light/shadow, transparency, detail, and texture. Fragmented in their experience, these qualities compose an architectural index, “a set of latent qualities, revealed only by the proportions and senses of the body.”

Zachary is currently working with the office of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson in Seattle, Washington. He intends to continue his research and teaching efforts in parallel to licensure, developing an architectural process that prioritizes sensory curiosity between person and place.



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