Valerie Reynolds

Student
i am an architect/designer/student/ and idealist. i completed my undergraduate degree in los angeles in 2007 and worked in a young, small, design firm in la until 2009. i came to new york to earn a degree in advanced architectural design, and am currently utilizing my time as a student to further refine my goals and carve my path in the world. i believe firmly that any work that I do should benefit a greater good and have a deep rooted sense of social responsibility; this is at the heart of all my work and influences the projects i choose to pursue and the way in which i design. i hold onto the notion that architecture can have a positive, and visible influence or at the very least that every design should have greater intent. oh yeah - i was born and raised in oregon and it is to this that i attribute my liberal hippie leanings. portlandia is real.

Recent posts

03/28/2012

although this is a video that is incredibly personal to me, i’ve recently realized the validity that this story has for innovative conceptions of motion. the movie follows the the story of my father and his cycling over the last couple of years of his life. through illness that first attacked his sacrum and eventually cost him a lung, through the rebuilding of his lower back with titanium rods and the task of learning to walk again, his body basically adapted itself to his bike. his love of cycling and his determination to stay in motion essentially allowed for his extended survival in the face of a disease whose treatment was predicted by doctors to leave him crippled and without the ability to walk.

of course i am biased, but this in some ways this stands as an exceptional example of an experiment of the body in motion. if you have an hour to watch, it’s a pretty incredibly story about a pretty incredible guy.

 
03/19/2012
 
03/19/2012
 
02/25/2012

photography has helped me explore nyc much more extensively this semester. this week i was lucky enough to capture a few different moments of motion in the city. because we are consistently surrounded by motion/noise/activity i think we can lose awareness of the dynamism that a specific movement gives to a moment. freezing the moment can highlight the impact of an environment that is constantly flowing.

 
02/16/2012
 
02/16/2012

walking

 
02/16/2012

moving through the city

 
02/16/2012

bikes!

 
02/16/2012

Worksman Cycles

 
02/03/2012

drive-in, walk-by advertising. taken from the highline.