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11.19.18 – Visual Studies and Architectural Studies graduate Rachel McKenna-Marshall on getting the most of your U of T experience

Thirty students from the Daniels Faculty graduated this month during the University of Toronto’s Fall convocation ceremonies. U of T News profiled “five impressive graduating students who got the most of their U of T experience,” and U of T News reporter Angela Gu included the Daniels Faculty’s Rachel McKenna-Marshall in the mix:
 
When Rachel McKenna-Marshall ran the Toronto Waterfront 10K, she got to see a display of the fruits of her labour from the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design.
 
Marshall, who came to U of T to study architecture two years ago, will be graduating this fall with a double major in architectural studies and visual studies.
 
This summer, McKenna-Marshall took an intensive course where the class designed and built a meditation pavilion for athletic apparel firm Lululemon, with groups working on different aspects of the final product.
 
She and a few classmates “were the most excited about it, so we got a lot done” – including building meditation chairs by hand. 
 
The pavilion was displayed at the Toronto Waterfront 10k. “It was really incredible,” she says, of seeing the pavilion in use, post-race.
 
McKenna-Marshall also did an independent study this summer involving her artwork. She took underwater photos of friends in a pool, which served as the source images for her paintings.
 
Her project was conducted under the supervision of Associate Professor Sue Lloyd, who praises McKenna-Marshall’s productive and self-led efforts and says the course allows students to do work at the master's level.
 
Looking back, McKenna-Marshall is grateful for the opportunities she’s had, especially working closely with faculty members. “They care about the individual students.
 
“I think that it’s really good to have a lot of creative people in the same space," she says. "I think it helps your work, I think it helps what you produce."