School has begun again. I am beginning to get in the swing of things. This is the first semester I have had a steady job + school, so we'll see how it goes. So far, so good. I actually like all of my classes (physics, structures, studio & arch. theory). Studio this semester is focused on House+Housing, and to give credit where credit is due, John Southern so far has impressed me as a studio coordinator. LA is a veritable architectural housing mecca and the world's greatest lab for an architectural student. The first project is a great ease-back-into-studio / explore LA project. We have to go on a "House Hunt" in groups. Each group has 15 houses to find, photograph, sketch and study. We will then compile our findings and each create a book of sketches/photographs/essays. Today we made it to 6 of our houses. I had previously visited about half of them and had seen the rest in photographs. As an architecture student in 2006 it is kind of easy to discount Frank Lloyd Wright, I'm not sure why, it just seems it is. But holy fuck, seeing the Sturges house (the cantilevered one) will smack that discount right out of your head. I haven't scanned sketches yet, but here below are a few images. Architects (in no order) are Frank Lloyd Wright, Lorcan O'Herlihy, Frank Gehry, John Lautner (not the original color), Antoine Predock and Eric Owen Moss.