Leighton Beaman – BEDA ’98, B.Arch ’99

I remember my first year in foundations studios where we were asked to make orthographic drawings of polyhedra, axonometric drawings of polydehdra, diagrams or polydehra, castings or polyhedra, mathmatical descriptions of polyhedra, stencils of polyhedra, polyhedra out of wood, polyhedra out of metal, polyhedra out of plastic, and polyhedra out of cloth. Despite the deceptively simple nature of these assignments, I learned more about what one must consider when making design decisions, communicating information, and fabricating objects than in any other class I ever took at NCSU or later in graduate school. I still have most of these objects. I have no idea what to do with them, but I’ll never get rid of them.