Annie Lauren Stone, the recipient of a $20,000 2012 Travel / Research Fellowship, received her Bachelor of Architecture Degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in May 2012. Annie recalls that throughout her undergraduate education, “there was a continual emphasis placed on the importance of seeing through the acts of drawing and writing” – a practice utilized during her studies abroad in Sweden, Finland and Germany with her University of Tennessee classmates. Her undergraduate thesis titled “The Garden in Exile” drew heavily on her experiences abroad, and dealt with issues of sight, physical site, narrative, and representation. The project was awarded the Tau Sigma Delta Bronze Medal and a Faculty Letter of Excellence.
Annie’s Fellowship Submission, “Cistercian_ an analysis of sight[e],” aims to build on themes in addressed in her thesis and proposes to map, re-present and interpret key Cistercian monasteries in France. The research agenda proposes an in-depth study of specified monasteries and “will privilege the acts of writing, sketching, photography, and measuring in order to obtain an honest reading of the cycles existing within a specific architectural typology and their transformation of the spaces within.” Through developing a critical method for approaching site and precedent, she hopes to “expand upon the immediacy and exactitude of the camera’s eye–capturing and translating a meaningful essence of place.”
A native of Franklin, Tennessee, Annie’s interest in architecture began initially through a fascination with historical structures in the area. It continued to grow during an experience in her high school years when she was able to volunteer time after school to work on the construction site of her church’s new sanctuary. The experience taught her that, “a high level of thoughtfulness in design could allow a building to have a profoundly positive effect on those inhabiting it.”