Seniors present their final architectural designs in college gallery

Published 05.14.2024

Photos by Jennifer Cline, writer/magazine editor

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In The Gallery at Penn College, visitors peruse students’ work, including that, on left, of Evynn A. Johnston. On right is a project by Michael T. Draves.

On the eve of their Saturday commencement ceremony, 12 students completing their bachelor’s degrees in architecture & sustainable design presented their culminating works in The Gallery at Penn College.

The reception included family members, faculty, classmates, alumni and industry professionals.

Each graduating senior was tasked with the design and development of a significant building in a location of their choice.

Students showcasing their work, along with their project titles:

•    Gavin M. Burrows, of Herndon: Natural Unification in DuBois, Wyoming
•    Ryan P. Cramer, of Hershey: Hershey West End: Natural Coalescence in Hershey, Pennsylvania
•    Michael T. Draves, of Gilbertsville: St. Frances Cabrini: Religious Sanctuary
•    Diana M. Gaglione, of Scranton: Visual Arts Institute of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
•    Sandra M. Gallick, of Linden: Horticulture Center of Health and Well-Being in Long Island City, New York
•    Zachery A. Heigley, of Kittanning: Higley Brewing Co. in Gilbert, Ariz.
•    Evynn A. Johnston, of Sayre: Resort Dracula Mountain Resort
•    Zachary E. Johnston, of Derry: Last Frontier Community Center in Anchorage, Alaska
•    Elaina M. Lawson, of Girard: Maplewood Manor Senior Living Continuum of Care Facility, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
•    Sadie S.E. Niedermyer, of Spring Mills: Geiranger (Norway) Architecture Research Institute
•    Tyler T. Weimert, of Yardley: Liv-Simultaneously Resort & Casino, Las Vegas
•    Aidan J. Weissenberger, of Hightstown, New Jersey: Susquehanna Hall Living-Learning Environment, Williamsport

Addressing the group with words of congratulation were architecture faculty Daniel L. Brooks (instructor), Dorothy J. Gerring (associate professor), Tuna Saka (associate professor) and Naim N. Jabbour (associate professor), who taught the group’s Capstone Studio class.

“We want to thank you for allowing us to be a footnote in the book you are writing,” Jabbour told the students.

Also congratulating the graduates were Ellyn A. Lester, assistant dean of construction and architectural technologies; Joanna K. Flynn, vice president for academic affairs/provost; and President Michael J. Reed.

More information on Penn College's architecture degrees is available on the webpage

The exhibit was held for three days, and The Gallery at Penn College is currently closed. It will reopen May 30 for a summer exhibition: "Books Undone 2: The Art of Altered Books."

Zachary E. Johnston (right) shows his project book to family, including his mom.
The capstone exhibit is well-attended.
Ryan P. Cramer’s “Hershey: West End”
Sadie S.E. Niedermyer explains details of her architecture research institute in Norway.
Tuna Saka, associate professor of architecture, congratulates the students on their journey of growth.
The architecture & sustainable design Class of 2024.
Draves discusses his work on a St. Frances Cabrini Religious Sanctuary.
Aidan J. Weissenberger’s vision for a living-learning community near Penn College’s Klump Academic Center.
Diana M. Gaglione shares her project in the glorious space that is The Gallery at Penn College.