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Colin Roth

Meet Colin Roth, summer scholar

By Anna Brooks

For Colin Roth, inspiration for his architecture studies came from a termite.

"Roberto the Insect Architect," a book his aunt gave him when he was young, sparked an
interest for Roth in architecture that he pursued through the 2015 Summer Scholars and Artists program.

Roth, in a project titled "Social Values as Defined by the Architecture of Stadiums," researched how the architecture of stadiums built for sporting events demonstrates unique cultural and sociological effects.

Roth's project focused on the differences between soccer stadiums in the United Kingdom vs. those in the United States. He concentrated on the Northeast, as both have similar weather conditions. Roth explored how severe the differences are between the different countries and highlighted the sociological differences in play with the architecture.

Another focus was how each stadium's architecture, and the differences between architectural patterns, affect the fan experience. Architectural features such as the separation between fan and field, exposure to the elements, and size of the stadiums themselves say much about the sociologic advances of the countries they are built in.

As an addendum to his research, Roth also looked at more contemporary problems regarding stadiums, such as labor, and how they tie into the architecture. "Stadiums in general are architectural marvels," said Roth, a junior from Canandaigua, N.Y., majoring in art history and architecture. "How countries put people to work to build them says a lot about them."

Roth worked with Julia Walker, an associate professor in the Art History Department, who he has taken multiple classes with.

"I wanted to do research in with my favorite professor," Roth said. "Summer Scholars was a great way to get my foot in the door with that."

Over the summer, Roth visited stadiums across the Northeast United States, from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., to PPL Park near Philadelphia, as well as soccer specific stadiums in London. Roth's research will contribute to existing research as well as open new ideas about the architecture and architectural history of stadiums.

"I've never had something I've been so passionately excited for," he said.


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Last Updated: 11/16/17