The 27th edition of the faculty of architecture’s Warehouse Journal was launched last Friday at the Graffiti Gallery.
Liana Thomson and Jinnette Alvaran, both architecture students, were this year’s editors, putting together the issue over the course of nine months.
The whole process was very visual for the editors.
“Everything we liked, we put on sheets of paper and printed and sat on [Thomson’s] basement floor and just kind of decided what we liked and what we didn’t like,” Alvaran said.
The issue features work from both undergrad and master’s students as well as the work of professors from the faculty of architecture.
“It’s interesting because we spend a lot of time as a faculty with our instructors and professors with the nature of our studio setup […] but we don’t really get to know a lot about them and about the work they do,” Thomson said.
The Warehouse Journal editors wanted to contrast students’ work with work from their professors.
“The focus for us in bringing staff work in is just to have a dynamic exist in general just to see what our professors are actually doing in their spare time and what they’re passionate about,” Thomson said.
Thomson and Alvaran received around 200 submissions for the 27th issue, but they reviewed the submissions differently than editors have in past years in hopes of giving every submission a fair chance.
“I think we went a little bit different with our approach,” Alvaran said.
“What we did was we stripped the names away from everybody so there was no bias.”
In addition to editing the journal, Thomson and Alvaran also managed the Instagram account @warehouseunedited, which was started by last year’s Warehouse Journal editors.
“They started it in order to put a spotlight on process work since the Warehouse Journal is a really clean, pristine showcase of final projects,” Thomson said.
Alvaran said she hopes the account is a source of inspiration to others.
“I know designers feed off of each other and we inspire each other, so to see what someone’s doing in the middle of their project could spark the beginning of your project,” Alvaran said.
Warehouse Journal recently participated in the first Prairie Art Book Fair, hosted by Plug In ICA in September.
“It made Warehouse feel like a part of a bigger community,” Alvaran said.
“Being with [the Prairie Art Book Fair] we really understood that it’s not just us, it’s Manitoba,” Alvaran said.
“We’re all out here publishing and doing these things. Print is important in the Prairies.”