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Taylor Hewett / Portfolio

Taylor Hewett Candidate for Master of Architecture 678-592-7837 107 Raven Ln. Carrboro, NC 27510




the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill BA Economics, English Literature 2007 - 2011 GPA 3.33 Dean’s List 2009, 2010, 2011 Contributed Scholarship: UNC P.I.T. Journal for Undergraduate Scholarship “Moral Philosophy and the Dialogic Tradition: Izaak Walton’s The Complete Angler” 2010

Analyst IronOak Innovations, LLC Chapel Hill, NC 2011 - Present Developed “g-bit”, a green building and green business content-delivery system aimed at transforming the landscape of green investment. Environmental Policy Intern Donald T. Hornstein UNC School of Law 2011

National Champion Rowing (4+) ACRA National Collegiate Rowing Championships Gainesville, GA 2011 Recognition “Best of Carolina Photojournalism” in annual “37th Frame” competition, UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication 2009

Captain UNC Men’s Crew team 2011 Editorial Chair UNC Economics 2009 - 2010





Nikon D300 / 2009




Mixed Media



In high school, I studied 2D Design. I focused on working with different media, such as wood and metal sculpture, painting, sketching, etching, and collage making. My favorite projects involved still lives; I enjoyed the patient process of studying a subject, breaking it down and diagraming it, and re-creating its unique qualities. Most of the work in this section is thus from direct observation; I sketched my left hand as I sat observing it, and I composed my self portrait from a reflection in a small mirror.


Pigma ink on paper / 2007


self portrait / charcoal on paper / 12� x 30� / 2007

lead on paper / 19� x 14� / 2007 -- anatomy of a wine bottle / lead & ink on paper / 2012

Pigma ink on paper / dimensions vary / 2006-2007

lead, Pigma ink & acrylic paint on paper / 2007

intaglio print / 5” x 4” / 2007

charcoal & Pigma ink on paper / dimensions vary / 2007

The Bridge Project, as with some of my freehand work, reflects my interest in technical forms. Specifically, I am drawn to the bridge because it conveys a sense of strength and security, while simultaneously blending into its natural environment. As a kind of isthmus, the bridge becomes fundamentally integrated into the landscape. The final two images in this section are very recent drawings, and depict the UNESCO World Heritage Site ‘Stari Most’ in Mostar, Bosnia, as well as a theoretical perspective of the bridge.


zinc plate etching / 4” x 5” / 2007

Mixed Media

Pigma ink on paper / dimensions vary / 2007

original sketch and -- intaglio prints with color ink and patterned paper / 4� x 5� / 2007

intaglio print from zinc etching / 4� x 5� / 2007

intaglio prints with color ink and patterned paper / 4� x 5� / 2007

etching / 3.5” x 5” / 2007

etching / 5” x 5” / 2007

‘Stari Most’ / lead on paper / 14” x 11” / 2012

‘Stari Most’ from above / lead and Pigma ink on paper / 14” x 11” / 2012

I began seriously taking photographs in 2006. In 2007, I used my savings to purchase a Nikon D300 DSLR. In love as I was with that camera, I put it aside in college to study film photography. Manual processing is a unique and humbling experience, and it taught me that the best photographs - the most striking moments - simply speak for themselves. All photographs labeled ‘analog,’ I captured, processed, and printed manually with minimal alteration.


Nikon D300 / 2010


(series) analog portraits / Mamiya RB67 Professional / TRI-X 320 / 30� x 30� / 2010, featured in student art exhibit, Student Union, UNC-Chapel Hill

This body of work is really an effort to preserve the memories of my closest friendships--those I formed through rowing. Inspired by portrait artists such as Sally Mann and Martin Schoeller, I wanted to create visually rich, yet honest photographs that depicted personality and character. Using a studio setting with very low light, and a camera with a vertical viewfinder, I confronted the archetypal (linear) relationship between photographer and subject. To me, the images are a record, a collection of personal memories hidden--though not far--behind a simple expression.

Today, the portrait genre is ubiquitous and, for the most part, homogenous. Portraiture has long succeeded in allowing the observer to glean knowledge about a subject’s character based on qualities of the face and frontal ‘body language’ we are conditioned as humans to perceive and interpret. The following images adopt different frames of reference and offer narratives through varying levels of context.

body sculpture / self portrait / Nikon D300 / 2011

Mamiya analog / 2011

My great-grandmother, Concha Villapando, is a remarkable woman. Some of my fondest memories while visiting my mother in Kansas involve Grandma’s house and her authentic Mexican cooking. Family and friends would gather there throughout the day to visit and, of course, feast! Grandma ‘Poncha’ (as we called her) always had enough food, and could usually be found by the stove, flipping her homemade tortillas over the open flame - for that perfect texture. Today, at almost 90, degrading physical and mental faculties have made it impossible for her to continue to cook safely. I will always remember, however, the care she showed for us and the generosity that manifested itself in her culinary proclivity.

Concha Villapando / Nikon D300 / 2009

Concha Villapando / Nikon D300 / 2009, recipient, 2009 “37th Frame: Best of Carolina Photojournalism� award

(series) / Canon SLR analog / 8” x 10” / 2007

iPhone / 2009

Nikon D300 / 2009

A Common Bond Produced and photographed by Taylor Hewett Narrated by Ivan Stojanov, Captain, UNC Men’s Crew

“A Common Bond� is a photo essay I completed in the spring of 2009 for an introductory photojournalism course. The project documents a segment of our spring racing season and the frustrations and doubts of upperclassman and team Captain, Ivan Stojanov. As I would eventually go on to do, Ivan dedicated four years to the rowing program at UNC, and had, it seemed, very little to show for it. What most of us discover in the end, however, is that the lessons and opportunities that rowing confers upon us extend far beyond the physical and emotional trials we encounter on a day-to-day basis. I invite you to view the whole story via the link on the previous page.

“...There’s a satisfaction at the end of a given period of time, knowing that you have no regrets. Training as intensely as we do is a very special thing to have in common; and it’s encouraging and it’s comforting; and just to think that someone else is doing that for me--that’s a great foundation for a friendship. You know you can trust someone if they’re willing to go that far for you...”

“I remember talking with a couple of my classmates...about making a four year commitment to this program and about seeing where this sport would take us in four years; and to see how we could help the program get faster. The way that our coach has trained us this year has been somewhat silly. I was...not sure what to do about this situation, because I didn’t think that this was good enough. And looking back at the season, it wasn’t. We’re not very fast...”

“It’s really tough you know--because the more, the more of yourself you give to a particular endeavor, the more emotional you become; the more emotional your decisions become. And emotions are certainly a good thing, but they can also cloud good judgment.”

“I think the most important thing, is that, I’ve been a good example to the people below me on the team. I think, ultimately, the relationships matter more than anything else.” - Ivan Stojanov, 2009

Š 2012 / Taylor Hewett / all rights reserved

M.Arch Admissions Portfolio  

Accepted: RISD, PennDesign, MassArt, UVA, Parsons, UW-Seattle, Maryland, NCSU.

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