COLUMBIA, SC - June 18, 2013 - Quackenbush Architects + Planners is proud to welcome Kyle Fant to the firm as intern architect.
A graduate of Washington University, where he received his Master of Architecture, Fant received the Alpha Rho Chi Medal for graduate architecture, a recognition that honors an outstanding student for studio work and academic leadership; he was also a recipient of the Christner Inc. Endowed Scholarship.
In 2011 Fant was the member of a design-winning digital fabrication team in St. Louis. The team’s “Saltworks,” a 20-by-3-foot helix-shaped structure, was constructed and installed outside the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. A twisted form made of baltic birch, Saltworks features polypropylene nesting space made to mimic salt weathering rock. Depressions in the reticulated form create opportunities for public use. The sculpture was recognized by Evolo, Archello, SuckerPunchDaily, and +Mood design and architecture blogs for its innovative revelation of design as an interactive, practical, technical, and artistic enterprise.
Prior to graduate school, Fant interned in New Orleans at Brian Gille Architects Ltd, where he worked with a design team to rebuild the Community Church Unitarian Universalist to replace the former building, which was destroyed in Hurricane Katrina. The 4,200-square foot structure features solar panels and sensor lighting. Fant also worked on residences in the French Quarter.
During his undergraduate study at Clemson University’s architecture program, Fant spent a semester at the Charles E. Daniel Center for Architecture and Urban Studies in Genoa, Italy. Later, while completing his graduate studies, he also worked as a studio teacher and program coordinator with The Alberti Program-Architecture for Young People, a St. Louis project focused on at-risk high school youth interested in architecture, engineering, and the sciences. In 2011, Fant returned to St. Louis as an invited Alberti lecturer on his photography exhibit, “Genoa, Through Light and Shadow.” He received the Rudolph E. Lee Award for undergraduate architecture.
Fant’s work at Quackenbush will focus on a redesign of the University of South Carolina Tennis Facility, and on the construction of a new middle school for District 5 of Lexington-Richland Counties. These projects continue the firm’s long-standing tradition of providing innovative architectural design and exceptional client service.
“We’re thrilled to have Kyle join our team,” says Doug Quackenbush, President of Quackenbush Architects + Planners. “His design sensitivity and values complement our ideas about designing people-oriented spaces.”
Originally published at www.midlandsbiz.com/articles/14359/