UMA hosts architecture alumni show in downtown Augusta

AUGUSTA — The University of Maine at Augusta will hold its First Annual Architecture Alumni Show through Sept. 30, at Richmond Gallery, 331 Water St.
The show will run through Sept. 30, and highlights the works of UMA architecture alumni from various years. A reception, free and open to the public, will be held from 5 to 7 p.m.Thursday, Sept. 12.
This year’s exhibiting architects are Ben Bailey, Nathaniel Boggs, Sarah Fortin, Lydia Mather, Jesse Patkus, and Abbey Slinker. All those featured in the exhibition received a bachelor of architecture degree from UMA. The Architecture Alumni show provides the graduates an opportunity to showcase their work, provide a glimpse into their creative process, and showcase their most recent designs.
Bailey, Class of 2017, works with Kaplan Thompson Architects in Portland has given him a new perspective on energy-efficient designs and the responsibility that architects have in preserving the natural environment. The unique vernacular of coastal Maine architecture has also influenced Bailey’s design approach, and he places a high value on contextually crafted buildings.
Boggs, Class of 2018, says a sailing excursion from March Harbour, Bahamas, to Vinalhaven, was the inspirational prologue to his year-long thesis focused on the relationship between water and the built environment. As an architectural designer with CambridgeSeven in Cambridge, Mass., Boggs has joined a team tasked with the schematic design of Gumbo Limbo Nature Center. This project encompasses the renovation of an existing aquatics facility focused on sea turtle rehabilitation in Boca Raton, FL, and the design of a new Aquarium and Education Center that will be able to endure changing weather conditions for years to come.
Fortin, Class of 2016, has travelled to 11 countries and practiced in both residential and commercial architecture since graduating. She is now part of the team at Lavallee Brensinger Architects in Portland, as well as a health care architect. Working with the local hospital Maine Medical Center and other numerous projects around New England has inspired Fortin to strive to make a difference in the lives of people when they need it the most.
Mather, Class of 2017, took her foundational skills and love of architecture with her from her days as a UMA Architecture student into her professional career with the Caleb Johnson Studio in Portland. The diversity of projects she has worked on has helped her hone her expression and application of design concepts. From a small porch addition, to an entire retail store, residential and commercial architecture have challenged and engaged Mather in a variety of ways.
Patkus, Class of 2017, spent a year following graduation working with a residential construction company and gained valuable experience in creating and tracking a project’s budget, estimates, and source materials. In June 2018, Patkus joined the office of Whitten Architects in Portland as a designer. Here he has continued his professional experience working with a Project Architect and is focusing on interior construction, presentation graphics, and the coordination of design and millwork.
Slinker, Class of 2018, at Canal 5 Studio in Portland, has been applying her skills to a wide variety of project types, including healthcare, offices, residential and institutional. This has facilitated learning about different building types, programs, and construction techniques. Slinker is on the path to licensure, and is grateful to have found a firm that actively supports her and has provided opportunities to gain experience in all aspects of the design and construction process.
The bachelor of architecture program at UMA is the only five-year professionally accredited architecture degree program in northern New England, and provides students with a path towards architectural licensure. The program faculty teach architecture through engagement, educating, and empowering students to explore, investigate, and analyze the built environment. Engagement brings students into active contact with each other, their coursework and community partners across Maine.

PHOTO: The UMA Architecture Alumni exhibitionn is at Richmond Hall, 331 Water St., Augusta, right. (Maureen Milliken photo)