On our last field trip we visited Sage and Coombes Architects. We sat at a conference table and were met by Sam Lee, one of the Art Ready Mentors who works for the firm. Sam gave us an inside look at projects he has worked on such as the Noguchi Museum, Rockaway Beach, Parks, Universities, and other public services. It was really exciting to see how much work is put into something we take for granted like public bathrooms, and the effort put into buildings we see everyday. It was impressive to be able to see what Sage and Coombe has achieved through their years of working.
Sage and Coombe is decorated with wooden architecture models, which allowed us to get a closer look at the detail that goes into building a structure. We were also able to experience a VR simulation of a university made for the clients to give them a better feel of the end product, the simulations were full of computer generated people walking around, speaking with each other and interacting with the building so the experience was realistic and the client can see all of the functions being used. Being able to learn about the work they put into satisfying a client was insightful.
Towards the end Sam Lee explains that none of the work done is done by one person, and that everyone works together to get the end product and how they all make sure the client gets what they want by collaborating with each other. The advice is important to us as a group of young artists because we were able to see a perfect example of what collaboration really means and see the outcome of working together firsthand.