Laila Al-kharabsheh: Hawthorn Architectural University


Artist Statement

The building will be envisioned as a dynamic learning environment where education and nature intertwine. That is based on creating an organic fusion of the interior and the exterior spaces in Varied, flexible spaces that accommodate diverse learning styles. This will encourage a dynamic and interactive learning experience that adapts to the needs of each student. Also, the building will be envisioned as a living, breathing entity that coexists harmoniously with nature while actively nurturing the intellectual growth of its students. This project will aim to create a sustainable relationship between the earth and our built environment through the water collection system. The design is an abstract of the hawthorn flower. This native symbol is common in Missouri and is recognized in Columbia. It will enhance the aesthetic appeal and forge a profound biophilic connection rooted in cultural significance. The building's three distinct forms are an abstract of the flower's delicate petals and ingeniously house classrooms, service areas, and offices. Through the Hawthorn Architectural University, the school becomes a hub for knowledge and a nurturing space for students to flourish, innovate, and grow into the architects of the future, fostering a deep appreciation for sustainable design principles and creating a transformative learning experience.

About the Project

  • Title of Work: Hawthorn Architectural University
  • Medium: The board is 33" wide x 81" tall.
  • Student's Name: Laila Al-kharabsheh
  • Major: Architectural Studies
  • Anticipated Graduation Date: 24-Dec
  • Hometown: St.Louis, Missouri
  • Student's Mentor: Lyria Bartlett
  • Mentor's Department: Architectural Studies