David Austen Photography Exhibition Catalogue

polytekton was hired by the Valparaiso University Brauer Museum of Art to design the exhibition catalogue for David Robert Austen. The resulting book, Being Australian Under A Southern Sun: All I Really Know Is What I See was published by the Brauer Museum of Art at Valparaiso University on September 17. 2018. The exhibition at […]

Cover Design for Naegele’s Guide to the Only Good Architecture in Iowa

Naegele book cover

We just completed the final version of the cover and interior (with some prior design work by Ruixue Jia) for architect and scholar Daniel Naegele’s Guide to the Only Good Architecture in Iowa, a book Professor of Architecture Mary McLeod calls “a pure delight [that shows] not only Naegele’s deep knowledge of the architecture and […]

ISU Percussion Ensemble

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Four minutes and three seconds of practice by members of the Iowa State University Percussion Wind Ensemble recorded BEFORE the actual concert on 26 October, 2016 in Martha-Ellen Tye Recital Hall. I love the randomness of each musician going through their lines as they do a last-minute practice session in public. No composer can write […]

Walking from Studio to Car

File under Observation From my fourth-year architecture studio, located currently in the Communications building north of the Armory on the Iowa State University campus, I’m walking at the end of the day past the construction site of the Student Innovation Center which is going up north of Hoover and south of Sweeney (for more info […]

St. Miriam in Her Study

After rotating Miriam’s house organ in the Maison de la Musique, and viewing the scene from the west looking east, I recalled Antonello da Messina’s St. Jerome in His Study as I saw Miriam play the organ for the first time in its new position. Since the wall behind the organ was somewhat plain (not […]

Percussion Wind Ensemble BEFORE The Concert

The randomness of beauty…Here is a recording of the combined Iowa State University Percussion Wind Ensemble getting ready for their concert in Martha Ellen Tye Hall on October 26, 2016. I love the randomness of each musician going through their lines as they do a last-minute practice session in public. No composer can write this […]