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Mary Carole Overholt
Mary Carole Overholt is a Staff Writer at The Stanford Daily, and mainly writes architectural critique. She is a sophomore from Knoxville, Tennessee majoring in Architectural Design and minoring in English. To contact her please email mco95 "at"

Stanford’s draws praise for its radical aesthetic

Less than a year after renovating the d.School, Cody Anderson Wasney Architects have been showered with praise. From positive student and faculty feedback about the building, to the recent Citation Award at the American Institute of Architects' 2014 Santa Clara Valley Design Awards, the building has already made a statement both on and off campus.

Top five architectural feats of 2014

While it’s easy to get excited about the soon-to-be finished buildings of 2015, it’s important to take a step back and look at the many groundbreaking steps architects have taken over the course of the past year. Many new buildings opened this year, but the most successful ones pushed the envelope of how people can…

AIA Santa Clara Valley Design Awards

Last Thursday night, architects, urbanists and interior designers gathered in the San Jose Convention Center for the biennial Santa Clara Valley Design Awards, sponsored by the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Five judges presented the fourteen awards in the categories of Architecture, Interior Architecture, Unbuilt/Small Projects and Emerging Professionals. The awards were split into three levels of prestige: Citation, Merit and Honor- the highest award. Although all of the award-winning projects set the bar high for architectural innovation in our region, the following four Honor Award winners are unparalleled examples of design excellence.

Discussion with Susan Szenasy

Editor-in-chief of Metropolis Magazine Susan Szenasy came to the on Monday October 6th for a roundtable discussion on architecture, design and culture. In honor of her recently published book “Szenasy, Design Advocate,” Szenasy led an open conversation on her writing of the last thirty years. I had the pleasure of speaking with Szenasy before…

The building that houses the Anderson Collection is worthy of the artwork within

After almost two years of construction, it’s finally happened: the Anderson Collection is open to the public. On opening day, visitors were directed by a simple, makeshift sign to the new building and met by museum staff with string quartet accompaniment. Though the procession to the building was pleasant, its understated nature did not do justice to the incredible building and collection within. But then again, I’m not sure what could.

Top 5 spaces on campus

Summer is over and campus is buzzing with frosh. Bathed in California sun, quintessential Stanford spots like Main Quad, White Plaza and Palm Drive look more beautiful than ever. But when NSO is over and the freshman dorms lose their luster (it won’t take long), you’ll likely find yourself wandering aimlessly into the depths of campus. Don’t worry—The Stanford Daily is here to provide a roadmap of the greatest hidden buildings and spaces on campus.

The SFMOMA celebrates construction progress with a topping out ceremony

Yesterday afternoon, residents of San Francisco gathered in Jessie Square to watch the first major construction milestone of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s addition: the topping out ceremony. Though attendees leisurely enjoyed food trucks, interactive building blocks and the customary spectacle of placing of the topmost metal bar in a buildings framework, the topping out ceremony brings a crucial question to the forefront: Is the SFMOMA outgrowing San Francisco?

The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts hosts Design & Architecture Films Showcase

This year, from Feb. 27 to March 30, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts will host a showcase of nine design and architecture films. While their topics range from exploring the hidden waterways of cities all over the world to in depth studies of architects like Tadao Ando and Frank Lloyd Wright, The Daily took a more detailed look at two of the showcase’s most exciting films.

A Look at San Francisco’s Newest Jazz Mecca: the SFJAZZ Center

With an expected sense of decorum, visitors took their seats in the SFJAZZ Center’s Miner Auditorium, and quietly prepared for an evening of Latin jazz. As the lights dimmed, I felt the mood of the room change. Suddenly, performer John Santos was on stage, engaging us, the audience, in casual repartee. Instead of providing a formal context for the performance, Santos informally talked about his love for Latin jazz, and joked with the audience about buying his new CD.
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