By: Amy Pozezinski

Super Bowl 50 happened last night and a lot of pre-game talk circulated around the idea of whether or not this was going to be Peyton Manning’s last rodeo.  Well, as everyone is surely aware, the Bronco’s pulled out the upset and it only took all of the first reporter to ask the highly anticipated question;  “Peyton, is this your final game for your career?”  As he carefully answered the question keeping us all in suspense, the commentators shared that in a previous interview he stated that if this were his last game, win or lose, he’d want to be remembered as a positive role model on and off the field and someone who loved the game of football.

So you’re probably asking yourself what does this have to do with the heading of this page.  Well, just this.  It got me thinking last night, that all the little boys or even girls who look up to Peyton Manning just saw their idol on the field for possibly the last time and captain his team to a win in the biggest game of his sport.  How lucky for them, couldn’t script it any better.  I’m getting to my point, trust me.  Just like those little boys or girls, I have idols too.  Sure especially in the sports I play(ed) but also in my career.

I was in my third year design class at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale where my professor introduced to us systems theory and cybernetics.  Way over my head at the time and really still is.  But it was that semester that sparked my interest and brought upon a new influence/idol for me.  Buckminster “Bucky” Fuller used to teach at SIU and his legacy is still intact there these days.  Every morning walking into the architecture building I walked by a replica of his geodesic dome, we had one in our courtyard.

In the Fall of 2009, my design class spent a week in Montreal, Canada, experiencing the film expo.  We were to do research and come back to class where the rest of the semester was based around designing a street infrastructure.  Revisiting what I had just learned in studio  the previous 5 months and my recent infatuation of Bucky’s work, there was no way I was leaving without seeing his great dome, The Montreal Biosphere.  It was tensile and light, a synergetic structure that was virtually not there.  Just like the replica on campus, yet non-design students knew all about it.

Just as Peyton was in the spotlight last night, Bucky Fuller was in my spotlight 7 years ago.  His work influence on me exceeded the architectural profession’s boundaries.  To this day, I find his theories and designs more and more inspirational, especially for the freedom of his research.  To bad I attended SIU 36 years to late or else I too could have been that girl in class looking up to my idol.