Luke Louchheim ’22: Gracing the Cutting Edges of Architecture
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Luke Louchheim ’22 of Sagaponack, NY chose Hotchkiss specifically for the architecture course offerings that have helped broaden his academic experience. “I have been interested in architecture since a very young age, and I wanted a more formal way to learn about the field. This program was one of the main reasons I came to Hotchkiss,” says Louchheim, a recent graduate who studied under Brad Faus, the Marie S. Tinker chair, program director of studio art and art history, and instructor in art and design. Louchheim also played varsity tennis and served as a peer listener, a dorm proctor, and as a member of the Committee of Residential Life. In the fall, he will continue his studies at Yale. 

“Luke is an incredibly motivated, self-directed, and accomplished design student, and during his career here, he has assembled an impressive portfolio,” observes Faus, who also describes his relationship with Louchheim a collaborative one as they work together to build content and meaning into his architecture and studio art endeavors. “This kind of relationship is why I continue to be excited to work closely with students at Hotchkiss.”

This year’s Solar Decathlon project is an example of the program’s focus on experiential learning. Each student was asked to design a 1,000 square-foot structure anywhere in the world that relies only on renewable energy. Students conducted research on different kinds of green energy, then chose what they believed to be the best solution for their chosen location. “After working through many different iterations and ideas, factors like building materials, predominant wind direction, and the angle of sunlight all played into the final result,” Louchheim explains. 

Students learned how to use SketchUp and other design software to create renderings of their designs. Next they worked in the Engineering, Fabrication, & Exploration (EFX) Lab with Mike Boone, director of the EFX Lab and instructor in physics and engineering, using a laser printer to create components for scaled models. Louchheim shares, “It was incredibly fun to see our designs evolve from start to finish. Turning elevations and floor plans into a real, physical model will always be one of my favorite Hotchkiss memories.”

Hotchkiss has many alumni who are studying architecture at the highest levels and are also exceedingly successful in their careers. Last year, without the ability to bring guest speakers to campus, students benefited from several virtual visits with alumni, including Nader Tehrani ’81, an award-winning architect, dean of the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at The Cooper Union in New York, and 2021 recipient of the Hotchkiss Alumni Award; Tyler Hinckley ’99, a senior associate in the Boston studio of Perkins & Will and an adjunct instructor at Boston Architectural College; and Charlotte Leib ’09, a landscape architect with a focus on modernist urban landscape design who is currently a doctoral student at Yale.

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