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Episode 04 — Un/planned Transitions        

Martha Kriley & Hideyo Kameda

Episode Transcript

In March 2020, students across the United States were sent home as the country went into lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Over the course of 24 hours, graduate students at UCLA’s department of architecture and urban design went from working in a bustling, collaborative studio space, to finishing the last months of our graduate careers in isolation.

We adapted our homes and apartments to serve as makeshift work spaces, and we found ways to maintain our collective, even when apart.

Our circumstances afforded us the ability to work remotely, and in relative safety. But the sudden change in environment created unexpected challenges for each of us.

Graduating in June was part of a journey that began years before, but its ending was nothing like any of us had imagined.

This is a sonic continuation of a visually-driven study that examined our work-from-home spaces to understand the remote-work experience. We invite you to join us as we share and reflect on the past year.

Headphones are recommended for this immersive sonic experience.


Martha Kriley is an architectural designer at Aero Collective and 2020 graduate of the master’s degree program and Urban Humanities Initiative at UCLA. She studied mathematics and pre-architecture at CWRU, where she began developing a holistic approach to design. Martha works to foster more equitable communities through work with The Architecture Lobby and the UCLA’s AEDI Commission. She has participated in award-winning collaborative projects focused on sustainable ADU design and the adaptation of existing buildings to address the impacts of climate change.

Hideyo Kameda graduated from UCLA AUD in 2020 and is co-founder of architectural design practice ZAKA Design Studio, which focuses on the intersection of contemporary vernacular and highly custom residential design. Hideyo previously studied illustration and architecture/landscape/interiors at OTIS College of Art & Design. He has exhibited work in shows around Los Angeles as an illustrator, which informs his multidisciplinary and graphic approach to architectural design.


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