About vmcreynolds

Victoria McReynolds is a California licensed architect and a Visiting Assistant Professor at College of Architecture Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX. She completed her Master of Architecture in 2010 at Cranbrook Academy of Art having focused on site based installations and the Nameless Landscape of Detroit. Her Bachelor of Architecture thesis for California Polytechnic State University situated a water park in the dry arroyo of Lompoc Valley dealing with conditions of natural and social cycles. A year studying architecture in Copenhagen, Denmark complimented her undergraduate studies and seasoned her understanding of Western focused architecture. She has worked professionally for 5 years in Los Angeles, California and Detroit, Michigan, most memorably with Michael Rotondi and Ari Bhod on the Traditional Tibetan Buddhist Temple project. In the summer of 2009, with Linda Taalman, she co-taught a summer design-build architecture studio at Woodbury University. In June 2011 with Chris Taylor, she led a two month study abroad architecture studio in Valparaiso, Chile. Currently she is in Lubbock, Texas teaching and investigating the unique environment of West Texas.

stellar places


A series of images looking at the near and far of place by including star patterns typically washed out by the sunlight.





hair line drawings

I’ve been told the cross section of my hair is in the shape of an ellipse.  In 2009, after witnessing how often I shed, a friend pointed out each cluster could be a drawing found in my hand. Five years and a camera with a large aperture later I’ve discovered the means for framing these seemingly random convergence of lines.  Each cluster made from a single habitual gesture of running one’s fingers through their hair yet the resulting organization is vast and many.


light on forms

140426_LightFormStudiesD 140426_LightFormStudiesD2A quick desktop study of light acting upon and within primary forms of an accordion canopy, asymmetrical shed, and modified cones for Loop 289 proposal.  Documented from below captures the varying shadows casted from the shifting light illuminating the form as it contrasts against the dark binding walls of the sliver space.
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Interesting to note the various light results within the cones as orientation, stacking, and compression differ across the series and each study.
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light cannon play

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Documentation from a recent model based on Le Corbusier’s light cannon as seen in his 1960’s Convent of La Tourette project.  This playful light cone is made of paper and two nested conical forms adding variation to how light tracks along its surfaces.  The double layer paper translucency reveals shadow and light contrast created by the simple wrap assembly while the added cylinder aperture introduced a spatial joint slightly shifting the passing light.