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Music at the UUSA

Published January 28, 2015 in Community, KRA Extracurricular, Staff, Chris Farley

The community room at UUSA hosted Salt People last weekend, a band from New York city that mixes jazz, funk, pop, and cacophony. The band features a long-time friend of KRA's Chris Farley, and Chris reports that the show was great!

We’re on Instagram (sort of)

Published December 12, 2014 in KRA Extracurricular

Though we don't have an official Instagram account, some of us do tag photos for Kuhn Riddle. So, just search for #kuhnriddle and you'll see even more about what we do!

Top: a consultation with Chris Farley; Bottom: Convocation of blue shirts (Jonathan Salvon, Andrew Bagge, Chris Farley)

WMAIA “Architecture Through Film” series

Published October 10, 2014 in Education, KRA Extracurricular, Film, Staff, Andy Grogan, Teaching

This semester's "Architecture Through Film" series is happening, and as usual, KRA's Andy Grogan will be there!

Ando Field Trip

Published October 1, 2014 in KRA Extracurricular, Staff, Chris Farley, Charles Roberts, Liv Wyatt

Last night, a few of us attended a tour of the new Tadao Ando buildings at the Clark Art Museum in Williamstown, MA. It was a great event, organized by the Western Massachusetts AIA.

Modernist Heaven

Published April 14, 2014 in KRA Extracurricular, Staff, Brad Hutchison, Travel

While KRA's Chris Farley was driving through Iowa cornfields, Brad Hutchison was basking in the sun in Palm Springs. Recognize these?

Pilgrimage to Grinnell, Iowa

Published April 14, 2014 in KRA Extracurricular, Staff, Chris Farley, Travel

If you're ever in Grinnell, Iowa, stop by the bank. KRA's Chris Farley did, and he took some photographs of this late-period Louis Sullivan gem.

We Will Rock You

Published March 4, 2014 in KRA Extracurricular, Staff, Andrew Bagge, Andy Grogan

There are quite a few musicians in our office, and two of them recently took on this year's RPM Challenge. Started in 2006 by The Wire, a magazine in New Hampshire, the challenge is to write and record 10 songs (or 35 minutes of music) in the month of February.  Musicians from all over the world participate, and the results are always interesting.

Andrew Bagge, recording as Red Barn, decided to wait until February 27 to record his ten songs. He's confident like that.

RED BARN's player:


Andy Grogan records with three other musicians as Math in Soldier. With members spread out all over the country, they record individually and assemble the tracks after innumerable emails.

Posts from Guinea

Published January 20, 2014 in KRA Extracurricular, Staff, Aelan Tierney, Travel

Aelan Tierney is in Guinea right now with the WOFA Drum & Dance Company from PVPA - Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School . She's posting about their trip on the WOFA blog.

WMAIA Film Series

Published March 22, 2013 in Education, KRA Extracurricular, Film, Staff, Andy Grogan

The WMAIA "Architecture Through Film" Series continues over the next two weeks with documentaries on The Highline, Lincoln Center, and Art Historian Vincent Scully.

Village Health Works

Published July 26, 2012 in KRA Extracurricular, Pro Bono, Social Equity, Staff, Travel

Rachael Chase describes her upcoming trip to Burundi.

Last August, my brother David became the executive director of an amazing organization called Village Health Works, which is based between NYC and Kigutu, Burundi, Africa.

Burundi's Location

VHW’s mission is “to provide quality, compassionate health care in a dignified environment while treating the social determinants of illness, disease, violence and neglect in collaboration with those we serve.”  VHW was co-founded by Deo Niyizonkiza and Dziwe Ntaba, both of whom are doctors and have extraordinary connections to Africa and to Kigutu.  As the medical program in Burundi has grown, the need for a house for donors and visiting doctors to stay in while serving at the health clinic has grown.

For the last six months, I have been working with David and Deo to develop ideas for what this house could be.  This week, I have been given the amazing opportunity to go to Burundi to see the site and experience the culture, the people, and the VHW program.  This experience will shape the design of the house in every way - from the siting of the building, the connection and path to and from the health center, the slope of the land, the light and views, surrounding trees, materials, means of construction, how it will be used, and what the house will mean to so many different people.

Burundian Landscape

I am incredibly grateful to have the opportunity to engage, to contribute, and to have this experience and adventure.  I will be sharing my process through photographs, sketches, drawings, and writing as the house emerges and evolves.

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