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James M. Paulius Metaproject collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RITArc-0514

Scope and Contents

The James M. Paulius Metaproject collection includes notes, preliminary drawings, 1/4-scale and full-size models, and a full-sized prototype, and final to market product named Blockitecture.

The toy is currently being produced by the company Areaware and has been produced in a number of thematic sets. These sets are included in the collection.

Also included in the collection is a scupture created by Paulius on 3 May 2018 in the Wallace Library as part of the ImagineRIT festival. The sculpture is made out of numerous sets of Blockitecture components which were hot-glued together over the course of the day. The sculpture is mounted on MDF board and is currently on display in the RIT Archives reading room.


  • Creation: 2012-2013


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Biographical / Historical

The Metaproject competition was developed by the educator Josh Owen in partnership with an industry sponsor to encourage students to produce design that "is semantically correct, and pragmatically understandable, but also visually powerful, intellectually elegant and timeless." In the case of Metaproject 03, in collaboration with Areaware, the students were given the task of using wood as a primary material to define the meaning of Universal Toy.


7 Linear Feet (2 cartons, 1 oversized box, 1 sculpture)




The James M. Paulius Metaproject Collection consists of all the process work for the development of Blockitecture by James M. Paulius, and a book which describes Metaproject 03 and all the student designs.


Process work is contained in two boxes and grouped by development stage and item type. Paper records are stored seperately.

Retail versions of Blockitecture are housed separately.

Physical Location

C.S. North, Shelf 401-402

Other Finding Aids

In addition to this finding aid, an inventory is available below. For more information, please contact the RIT Archive Collections.

James M. Paulius Metaproject collection

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated to RIT Archive Collections by James Paulius, Josh Owen, and Areaware in installments. Accession number(s): 2013:035, 2015:036, 2017:061, 2018:046


  • Metaproject 03 / Rochester Institute of Technology School of Design. Rochester, NY: Rochester Institute of Technology, 2011.

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Lisa Witt in June 2014.

James M. Paulius Metaproject collection
RIT Archives
Lisa Witt
05 June 2014
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Repository Details

Part of the RIT Archives Repository

Rochester NY 14623 USA