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Hugh Duffy, Sitong Wang & Kalie Sigman

Author: Heather Sauer | Image: Heather Sauer

Three College of Design students and a fourth student mentored by a College of Design faculty member presented their projects at the 2023 Undergraduate Research Symposium Friday, April 21, in the Student Innovation Center.

Architecture students Hugh Duffy and Sitong Wang, mentored by architecture associate professor Chengde Wu, presented “Towards More Sustainable 3D Concrete Printed Houses.” Their research proposes waste products and bio-aggregates as alternate forms of concrete, which alone is unsustainable for the environment.

Interior design student Kalie Sigman, mentored by interior design associate professor Diane Al Shihabi, presented “Marquis de Piro and Casa Rocca Piccola: Interpreting Maltese Culture Through Architecture and Arts of Nobility.” Her research provided a basis for understanding the U.S. Ambassador’s Residence in Malta, formerly owned by the noble Maltese Bologna family.

Elizabeth Jones, senior in English and women’s and gender studies, mentored by art and visual culture professor Teresa Paschke, presented “Quilting as Art: A Feminist Narrative.” It traced the history and meaning of quiltmaking in the United States.