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WORK 2009-2013

Robyn Engel 3 Spring Rock Road, East Lyme, CT 06333 860.912.5000

CARVED POETRY - HARLEM’S NEW MEDIA ART CENTER fourth year studio, 125th street and 5th avenue, harlem, nyc, 2013

Lines to My Father Countee Cullen

The many sow, but only the chosen reap; Happy the wretched host if Day be brief, That with the cool oblivion of sleep A dawnless Night may soothe the smart of grief. If from the soil our sweat enriches sprout One meagre blossom for our hands to cull, Accustomed indigence provokes a shout Of praise that life becomes so bountiful. Now ushered regally into your own, Look where you will, as far as eye can see, Your little seeds are to a fullness grown, And golden fruit is ripe on every tree. Yours is no fairy gift, no heritage Without travail, to which weak wills aspire; This is a merited and grief-earned wage From One Who holds His servants worth their hire. So has the shyest of your dreams come true, Built not of sand, but of the solid rock, Impregnable to all that may accrue Of elemental rage: storm, stress, and shock.

Community-Generated New Media Art: Innovative, interdisciplinary, collaborative. A semester-long collaborative venture with Chris Peterson, this project seeks to enrich and elevate the community. Inspired by the adjacent poem and by the suppressed river below 125th street, this building aims to draw visitors inside, to spark curiosity and knowledge, and to foster the sharing of information and experiences. There are three main components to the building: the carved concrete mass echoing the bedrock of New York City, the tectonic light spaces that create a dialogue with the carved and the void spaces, and the to the river far below.


I The shop is a neutral place of creation, providing access to materials, tools, and most importantly, knowledge. I conceptual montage II interior model perspective III exterior model perspective IV plaster model experiment



Three Scales of Time are Addressed: IV

geology: shown in river and stone geography: shown in cultural context transitory: shown by inhabitance







I cavern II level one, exhibit III level two, workshop IV level four, studios V


academic and extracurricular Marcus Shaffer Professor 814.380.3766 The Pennsylvania State University 418 Stuckeman Family Building University Park, PA, 16801

Christine Gorby Professor 814.865.3741 The Pennsylvania State University 319 Stuckeman Family Building University Park, PA, 16801

Rebecca Henn Professor and Employer 814.863.5420 The Pennsylvania State University 328 Stuckeman Family Building University Park, PA, 16801

cover photo from Paris, 2013 references photo from Chartres, 2013

Robyn Engel


3 Spring Rock Road, East Lyme, CT 06333 860.912.5000

+ The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA Bachelor of Architecture Bachelor of Science, Global and International Studies Minors in Spanish and Architectural History The Pantheon Institute, Rome, Italy January - May 2013 + Schreyer Honors College, The Pennsylvania State University Anticipated graduation May 2014 + [Thesis] - Apocalypse Soon: When Los Angeles runs out of water and imagined disaster becomes real.

Honors and Achievements

+ Co-Winner - 2013 Fourth-Year Design Excellence Award, Penn State University for Carved Poetry + Developer and Producer – Full Circle, 2013 Stuckeman School of Architecture Fifth-Year Thesis Compilation + Nominee - 2013 KPF Traveling Fellowship + Finalist - 2012 Corbelletti Competition, Penn State University + Contributor - Temple Beth Israel National Historic Registry Approval, 2013 + Director - Temple Beth Israel Preservation Society Board, 2012 - Present + Honorable Mention - 11th Annual Hajjar Competition for Apocalypto: A Bunker/ Library/House for the Post-Apocalyptic Fanatic, 2011 + Co-Winner of the Student Film Organization Two-Day Film Competition for Lovesick -, 2011 + Cited in La Coe, Jodi. “[re]Constructing the Sustainable Imagination.” In Proceedings of National Conference of the Beginning Design Student, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Lincoln, NE, March 31–April 2, 2011. + Exhibitor - Reuse\Recycle Project in Tyrone, PA, 2010 + Nominee - First-Year Design Excellence Award, 2010 + Dean's List - Penn State University, Fall 2008–Spring 2011, Spring 2012 – Present + Recipient - Schreyer Academic Excellence Scholarship, Fall 2008 – Present

Professional and Volunteer Experience

+ Zola New World Bistro, State College, PA Server, Fall 2010 – Present + Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill, New York, NY Intern, Women’s Initiative Internship, Winter 2014 + Professors Rebecca Henn and Raghu Garud, Penn State University Research assistant, Spring 2012 – Fall 2013 + Temple Beth Israel Preservation Society, Danielson, CT Intern, Summer 2012 + Habitat for Humanity, Taos, NM Volunteer, Summer 2010 + Point One Architects and Planners, Old Lyme, CT Intern, Summer 2010

Relevant Skills

+ Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, AutoCAD, Revit, iMovie, Model-making, Graphic Design, Photography. Hand drafting and Sketching, Painting + Intermediate Speaking and Writing Spanish and Italian Proficiency

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