Please join us for the Fall 2016 Architecture Lecture Series. All lectures are open to the public and take place in 112 Wurster Hall on Wednesday nights at 6:30pm, unless otherwise noted.
Wednesday, September 7
Anna Puigjaner is a PhD, architect, researcher and editor. Puigjaner is a co-founder of MAIO, an architectural office that works on flexible systems where notions such as variation, ephemeral or ad hoc, permit theoretical positions materialize and a member of the research group Habitar at ETSAB – UPC. Her PhD research is focused on New York’s kitchenless apartments with collective housekeeping services and related urban utopias. She is currently in charge of running the magazine Quaderns d’Arquitectura i Urbanisme and teaching at the Barcelona School of Architecture ETSAB/ETSAV - UPC and Massana School of Design. She has also lectured in GSAPP, Columbia University, Madrid School of Architecture ETSAM-UPM and Brussels School of Architecture UCL-LOCI, among other univeristies. Puigjaner was recently awarded the 2016 Wheelwright Prize for her proposal Kitchenless City: Architectural Systems for Social Welfare. MAIO’s work has been published in magazines such as Domus, AIT, Volume, Blueprint, A10 and Detail; and awarded several times, among which stands out: FAD Award 2013, XII BEAU, Arquia/Proxima Award 2012 and 2010, and New Working Fields Award CSCAE 2009.
Artadi Architects, Lima
Wednesday, September 14
Javier Artadi is principal and founder of Artadi Architects. Artadi graduated Ricardo Palma University of Architecture and Urbanismin Lima, Peru. Since 2000, Adtadi has taught architectural design studios at Peruvian University for Applied Sciences (UPC). Artadi’s work highlights the relationship between modern architecture and the depsert coast of Peru. Artadi has lectured and been published internationally.
Presented with the Master of Urban Design program.
"emerging design territories: production, performance, the hypernatural in mass timber"
Wednesday, September 21
Susan Jones, FAIA, founded atelierjones in 2003. atelierjones seeks out sites, buildings and materials with inherent, but underutilized value—to harvest their embodied energy, their catalytic power for owners and communities, their beauty. Her work creates delight and wonder in leftover, dirty, forgotten places and spaces, and materials, creating new uses in innovative and beautiful ways. atelierjones has forged this crossdisciplinary approach through embracing methodologies mined from sustainability and materials research, from historic preservation and adaptive reuse movements, real estate development as well as community activism. The firm’s work has been recognized by numerous national, regional and local design awards, and been published nationally and internationally. Susan and her staff leverage their design talents, leading and collaborating with multiple arts non-profit organizations across the Pacific Northwest, including space.city, Architects without Borders, Suyama Space, Arcade and Alley Cat Acres, among others. Licensed in over 15 states, Susan has taught at the University of Washington since 1991, been a visiting design critic at numerous national universities, and is currently an Affiliate Associate Professor of Architecture in the College of the Built Environments, University of Washington and is LEED BD+C accredited.
Wednesday, September 28
Ana Miljački is a critic, curator and Associate Professor of Architecture at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she teaches history, theory and design. She has previously taught studios and seminars at Columbia University, City College in New York and Harvard University Graduate School of Design. She holds a Ph.D. (2007) in history and theory of architecture from Harvard University, an M.Arch. from Rice University and a B.A. from Bennington College. Her research interests range from the role of architecture and architects in the Cold War era Eastern Europe, through the theories of postmodernism in late socialism to politics of contemporary architectural production. Miljački was part of the three member curatorial team, with Eva Frank i Gilabert and Ashley Schafer, of the US Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, where their Biennale project, titled OfficeUS, critically examined the last century of US architectural offices; their professionalization and their concomitant global contribution. On top of editing OfficeUS Agenda (June 2014) and OfficeUS Atlas (February 2015), Miljački has recently edited together the proceedings of Under the Influence conference she had organized at MIT in 2013, guest edited Praxis 14: True Stories, and curated and produced an exhibit on the role of copying and originality in architecture, Fair Use with her students at MIT. Its latest instantiation, UnFair Use, co-curated with Sarah Hirschman was on the view at the Center for Architecture in New York from September 2015 through January 2016. Her book The Optimum Imperative: Czech Architecture for the Socialist Lifestyle 1938-1968 will be published with Routledge’s Architext series in January 2017 and she is currently preparing The Terms of Appropriation collection of historical essays with Amanda Reeser Lawrence, also with Routeldge.
This lecture is being presented in conjunction with the exhibit, Un/Fair Use, on display in Wurster Hall from Sept. 6-Oct. 6, 2016.
Jessica Rosenkrantz & Jesse Louis Rosenberg
Nervous System, Boston
Wednesday, October 5
Founded in 2007, Nervous System has pioneered the application of new technologies in design, including generative systems, 3D printing, and webGL. Nervous System releases online design applications that enable customers to co-create products in an effort to make design more accessible. These tools allow for endless design variation and customization. Nervous System's designs have been featured in a wide range of publications, including WIRED, the New York Times, the Guardian, Metropolis, and Forbes. Jesse and Jessica have given talks on their generative design process in many forums, including MIT, Harvard, SIGGRAPH, and the Eyeo Festival. Their work is a part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art and the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Jessica Rosenkrantz graduated from MIT in 2005 and holds degrees in architecture and biology. Afterwards, she studied architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Jesse Louis-Rosenberg also attended MIT, majoring in mathematics. He previously worked as a consultant for Gehry Technologies in building modeling and design automation
Presented with support from “Design Innovation from Nature”, The Institute of International Studies and their Interdisciplinary Faculty Program
Andrew Zago and Laura Bouwman
Zago Architecs, Los Angeles
Wednesday, October 26
Zago Architecture brings open-ended, creative inquiry to disciplinary concerns in architecture. Noted for its prescient articulation of emerging sensibilities, the practice weds quasi-autonomous aesthetic studies to the art of making buildings and cities. In doing so, Zago Architecture reaffirms the substantial and productive link amongst art, architecture and urbanism. Zago Architecture, Inc is based in Los Angeles. The firm has completed projects in the US and Korea and its work has appeared internationally in books, professional journals and reviews. Notable among the firm’s projects are the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, the Fine Venture Office Tower, completed in association with Yamasaki Associates, Korea and a design studio facility for Cornell University’s Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. In 2005 a book on the firm’s work, Zago Architecture and Office dA : Two Installations was published by the SCI-Arc press. In 2011 Zago Architecture was selected to participate in a workshop and exhibition at MoMA titled “Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream.” Andrew Zago and Laura Bouwman are the Fall 2016 Howard Friedman Visiting Professors of Practice.
Presented with support from the The Howard Friedman Visiting Professorship Fund
LADG, Los Angeles
Wednesday, November 2
Andrew Holder is an educator, occasional author, and co-Principal of the The LADG. His research interests include the construction of architecture as an inanimate subject as well as novel methods of engaging historical precedent and the production of complex form in a post-digital discipline. Andrew’s recent work has been published in Young Architects 16, Log, Pidgin, and Project. He is a frequent lecturer and guest critic at institutions across the United States and has held teaching appointments at the University of Michigan, the University of Queensland, the University of California, Los Angeles, Sci-Arc, and Otis College of Art and design. His design work has received numerous awards including the 2014 League Prize from the Architectural League of New York, multiple citations from the American Institute of Architects Los Angeles Chapter, and the Boston Society of Architects Unbuilt Architecture award. Andrew is a Harry S. Truman Scholar, an Oberdick Fellow at the University of Michigan, and a Robert B. Pamplin Jr. Fellow at Lewis & Clark College. He received a Master of Architecture with distinction from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Lewis & Clark College.
This lecture is the first in a series titled “The Architecture Assignment” curated by Andrew Atwood and supported by The Joan E. Draper Architectural History Research Endowment Fund.
Yasmin Vobis & Aaron Forrest
Wednesday, November 9
Ultramoderne is an award-winning architecture and design firm located in Providence, RI. Led by co-principals Aaron Forrest and Yasmin Vobis, the office is committed to creating architecture and public spaces that are at once modern, playful, and generous. The principals are driven by an experimental approach that leads to conceptually rigorous and well-executed designs. The office has experience working at a wide variety of scales, from single-family residences to urban-scale planning. Clients include the Van Alen Institute, National Parks Service, Chicago Parks District, and the Boston Society of Architects.
Yasmin Vobis received her Bachelor's Degree from the University of California, Berkeley and her Master's Degree from Princeton University, where she was awarded the Butler Traveling Fellowship and the Suzanne Kolarik Underwood Thesis Prize. She has practiced in San Francisco and New York in the offices of Ogrydziak / Prillinger Architects, Guy Nordenson and Associates, and Steven Holl Architects, and she was a resident at MoMA PS1 for the Rising Currents charrette and exhibition. She has taught at Princeton University and currently teaches at the Rhode Island School of Design. She is a recipient of the Rome Prize in Architecture 2016-17.
Aaron Forrest (AIA, NCARB) is a licensed architect who teaches at the Rhode Island School of Design. He received both his Bachelor's Degree and Masters in Architecture from Princeton University. Prior to RISD, Aaron taught studios at the University of Pennsylvania and Princeton University. He has extensive professional experience, having practiced in New York with Bernheimer Architecture and Guy Nordenson and Associates Structural Engineers, and in Madrid with Ábalos & Herreros Arquitectos. He was also a designer-in-residence at MoMA/PS1 for the Rising Currents exhibition.
IwamotoScott, San Francisco
Wednesday, November 16
Craig Scott is co-founder of IwamotoScott Architecture, an award winning architecture and design firm he leads in partnership with Lisa Iwamoto. Based in San Francisco, California, the firm has gained national and international recognition for innovative design with projects around the country and overseas. Committed to pursuing architecture as a form of applied design research, IwamotoScott proceeds from the belief that each project can achieve a unique design synthesis. IwamotoScott's client list includes arts organizations, educational institutions, media firms, commercial developers, and private clients. Our projects consist of work at all scales including urban design, buildings, interiors, full-scale fabrications, museum installations and exhibitions, and theoretical proposals. Scott is the Fall 2016 Joseph Esherick Visiting Professor.
IwamotoScott was named Architectural Record’s Design Vanguard 2011, CA Home + Design’s Ten to Watch 2011, and The Architectural League of New York’s Emerging Voices 2007. Design awards for the work include fourteen AIA Design Awards, three Architect's Newspaper Best Of Design Awards, two honors in Interior Design magazine's Best of Year Awards, three I.D. magazine Design Awards, two Wood Design Awards, P/A and R+D Awards from Architect magazine, an Architizer A+ Award, Grand Prize in the History Channel City of the Future: SF 2108 Design Challenge, and Winner of World’s Coolest Office 2011 from Inc./Architizer for Obscura Digital HQ.
IwamotoScott’s work has been shown in over fifty exhibitions including the National Design Triennial at Smithsonian/Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, Vitra Design Museum/Art Center College of Design, the Guggenheim Museum, MoMA/PS1, Southern California Institute of Architecture, Artists Space Gallery, and the work is represented in the permanent collection at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. IwamotoScott’s work has been included in over one hundred thirty books, journals and newspapers; and Lisa and Craig have lectured on the work of the firm at over seventy professional, academic, and arts institutions worldwide.
Presented with support from the The Joseph Esherick Visiting Professorship Fund.