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About Virginia Ellyn Melnyk : Virginia Melnyk received her Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Urban Planning in 2007, and her Masters in Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania School of Design 2010. She has worked at leading architecture firms in LA, London, New York City, and Beijing. Currently she is a lecturer at Clemson University, and a PhD student in the DigtialFutures international PhD program at Tongji University.
Her research is focused around architectural space and textiles. Exploring soft architecture and transformable place. She bridged the highly feminine field of textiles with the mostly male dominated architectural field. Engaging textile crafts from dressmaking and sewing, knitting, weaving and more with the architecture methods of making.
STATEMENT OF ART:
Virginia’s work is deeply embedded in the explorations of playfulness in design. Her projects often bring in color and bits of whimsy. She explores these ideas through conceptual design projects and art installations. These works are all designed with computers and engage parametric and other digital modeling techniques. The physical manifestations are studied through relationships of hand craft and digital design. The process engages a feedback loop between the digital and the real world material constraints. Often working with off the shelf or uncommon materials such as textiles. Most of the work is meant to be tactile and engaged with.

ORGANIZATION:
Virginia Melnyk Designs

EDUCATION:
2007, Bachelor of Architecture, University at Buffalo
2010, Masters of Architecture, University at Pennsylvania
Current, PhD in Design, Tongji University

EXPERIENCE:
2011-2014 Lead Designer, Studio Pei Zhu
2014 - 2019 Adjunct instructor, University at Buffalo
2019-current Lecturer, Clemson University

PRIVATE EXHIBITIONS:
2019, "Glow Globs", Blink Art Festival, Cincinnati OH
2019, "Fairy Stars" Art Park Fairy Festival, Lewiston NY
2018, "Color Constellation" Play/Ground, Medina NY
2018, "Glissando" Music is Art + Green Window City, Buffalo NY
2018, "window web" Green Window City, Buffalo NY
2017, "Sparks", Nuit Blanche, Aga Khan Museum Toronto
2016, "Purple", Echo Art Fair Buffalo NY

EVENTS:
Event Organizer, DigitalFUTURES World 2020

AWARDS:
2020, CAADRIA Young Award
2019, Top Shortlisted, Tactile Competition Hosted by A4A on Uni.xyz
2018, Finalist, Creative industries award Pittsburgh
2017, 3rd place runner up peoples choice award, Echo Art Fair

PRESS APPEARANCES:
2019, “Summer Igloo” Francis, Sharon. Bubbletecture : Inflatable Architecture and Design. Phaidon Press.
2018, “Oh Christmas Tree: Toy Story.” In Better homes and Gardens. December
2018, Etsy Video Christmas Advertisement
Places of Spirt Coffee Table Magazine, November 2013
Song Ya Feng That’s Art Magazine, issue No.8
FLAIR: Arab-International Luxury Living Magazine, Summer Issue
Work 2009/2010. University of Pennsylvania School of Design, Dept. of Architecture

ACADEMIC PUBLICATIONS:
Meander Variegating Architecture, Exton, PA., Bentley Press

BOOKS:
2020, Melnyk, Virginia, “Stitching Details: Digitizing Textile Crafts for Architectural Designs”. DCA Confrence Proceeding
2020, Melnyk, Virginia, “Sewing Complex Forms and Texture: Based on Bodies”. CAADRIA Confrence Proceeding
2020, Melnyk, Virginia, “Engagement Through Art”. Farhana Ferdous and Bryan Bell (Ed.) All In: All-Inclusive Engagement in Architecture. Routledge Publication.
2018, Melnyk, Virginia, “Where the Computer Ends and The Making Begins”. Shundana Yusaf and Ole W. Fischer (ed.) Dialectic VI : CRAFT, University of Utah Journal, ORO Editions.

LANGUAGE SKILLS:
English Native

COMPUTER LITERACY:
Adobe Illustrator, Advance
Adobe Photosho, Advanced
Adobe, indesign, Advanced
Rhinocerous, Advanced
Grasshopper, Advanced

COURSES, SEMINARS AND WORKSHOPS::
DigitalFUTURES World

SYMPOSIUMS AND ACADEMIC CONFERENCES::
2020, CAADRIA
2020, Divergence in Architectural Research

MEMBERSHIPS & ASSOCIATIONS:
ACADIA
CAADRIA
Textile Society
Popular Culture Association

JURY MEMBERSHIPS:
2020 CAADRIA Peer Reviewer

HOBBIES:
Hiking, Yoga, Quilting

CLIENTELE:
2019, Resource Art Buffalo
2020, Artworks Cincinnati

WEB SITE:
virginiamelnykdesigns.com

PORTFOLIO URL:
http://virginiamelnykdesigns.com/

RSS URL:
http://virginiamelnykdesigns.com/

REGISTRATION DATE:
2020-09-24 00:09:27

COUNTRY:
United States of America

ACCOUNT TYPE:
Professional

Awards received by Virginia Ellyn Melnyk


Glow Globs Lighting Installation

Bronze A' Design Award Winner for Lighting Products and Lighting Projects Design Category in 2020
Virginia Melnyk for Virginia Melnyk Designs

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