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  • Jeremy Edmiston

    Skin Deep
    Thursday, February 5, 2015

    Jeremy Edmiston’s focus on complex geometry in architecture produces striking design, but he is also a leader in digital technology to construct prefab structures, which allow precision and innovation in materials and budgets, high speed in construction, and minimal environmental impact. These technological advances are especially relevant to contemporary cities, another focus of Edmiston, whose projects in the urban landscape range from urban farming and homelessness to reducing the environmental load of high-rise buildings and creating contemporary design in the context of historic neighborhoods.

    Principal at SYSTEMarchitects, Edmiston is also an associate professor at the City College of New York School of Architecture. SYSTEM’s work has won the AIA Wilkinson Award, the AIA New Housing New York Competition, an Australian Timber Design Award, the Bank of America Design Award, the McGraw Hill Best Construction Award, and an Architzer A+ Award for Architecture + Materials. Perhaps his most influential work is BURST*008, a prefab house commissioned and fully constructed by the Museum of Modern Art, where it was displayed it for three months and viewed by 750,000 visitors.

    Edmiston is the recipient of the Harkness, Fulbright, Lindbergh, and Beyra Hadley Fellowships, and the Department of Energy’s Center of Excellence Fellowship.  His work has been featured in Domus, Abitare, Bauwelt, Log, Architectural Record, LeFigaro, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Financial Times, The New York Review of Books, Vanity Fair, and Time Magazine.

  • Elisabetta Terragni

    Mind the Gaps
    Thursday, February 19, 2015

    Elisabetta Terragni, a graduate of the Milan Polytechnic, is principal of her studio in Como (Italy) and a recently tenured faculty member at CCNY. She has taught studios and seminars at universities in Germany, Italy, Switzerland, and the U.S. Her studio seeks sensitive solutions for everyday situations and inventive transformations of industrial and obsolete sites. Her work is included in major international exhibitions, museum collections, and widely published in architecture journals.

    Her research and development process involves multiple domains of expertise that come together to address pressing needs. She has crafted a number of exhibition sites from abandoned infrastructures or industrial venues. Her team’s international character and experience in devising innovative solutions to unconventional problems place it at the forefront of contemporary work in emerging domains of transdisciplinary design practice.


    Economies in Post-Packaging
    Thursday, February 26, 2015

    Born in Madrid, Spain, Julio Salcedo holds a B.A. in architecture and sculpture from Rice University, and a Master of Architecture from Harvard University. He is an Associate Professor of Architecture at The City College of New York and the principal of Scalar Architecture—an award-winning design firm based in New York City.  Professor Salcedo has taught at Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, Syracuse University, and Cornell University. In addition to his 2011 book Generic Specific Continuum, Professor Salcedo’s work has been exhibited at the Farnsworth Museum and has been widely published.

    Professor Salcedo is a registered architect in the EU and the US and has won major design awards such as the Architectural League Prize and the Europan Prize. Prior to funding Scalar Architecture, Salcedo worked for some of the most recognized firms in the field such as Machado Silvetti, SOM, the sustainability leader Cook and Fox, and Pritzker Prize winner Rafael Moneo. As the term indicates, Salcedo’s practice—scalar Architecture—operates at a variety of scales collaborating with key allied experts. The fruits of these collaborations are all-embracing projects that garner accolades for their transformative solutions such as its recently completed master plan for Hamar, Norway.

  • june williamson

    Malls, Metros and the Elusive Middle
    Thursday, March 5, 2015

    June Williamson, R.A., is associate professor in the Spitzer School of Architecture at The City College of New York, teaching in the architecture and urban design programs. She is author of Designing Suburban Futures: New Models from Build a Better Burb (Island Press, 2013) and co-author, with Ellen Dunham-Jones, of Retrofitting Suburbia: Urban Design Solution for Redesigning Suburbs (Wiley, 2009; Updated Edition, 2011), winner of the PROSE Award for architecture and planning from the Association of American Publishers. In 2013-14 she conceived the ParkingPLUS Design Challenge, inviting architects to rethink parking in Long Island’s suburban downtowns, a follow up to the 2010 Build a Better Burb urban ideas competition showcased in Designing Suburban Futures. Both projects were sponsored by the Long Island Index, a project of the Rauch Foundation. Williamson received her BA from Yale University, MArch from MIT, and MUD from the City College of New York. She has practiced architecture and urban design in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Salt Lake City, Boston and New York and has held previous teaching appointments at Columbia University, Georgia Tech, the University of Utah, and the Boston Architectural College.  

  • Christian Volkmann

    About Some thing
    Thursday, March 12, 2015

    Christian Volkmann has been teaching at the City College of New York since 2005. He became a Full-time Professor in 2008. He currently coordinates the 3rd Year Undergraduate Design Studio and the Technology curriculum for both Undergraduate and Graduate programs.

    Christian graduated with a Master’s degree in Architecture from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH). Before that, he studied at the Technical University Berlin (TU). He established his own firm aardvarchitecture in New York City in 1998. Before, he worked for architects including Josef Paul Kleihues (Berlin/Germany), Mario Campi & Franco Pessina (Lugano/Switzerland) and Annabelle Selldorf (New York). He has worked on multiple projects in Switzerland, Germany, Austria and the United States.

    Christian was an Adjunct Professor at the Rhode Island School of Design from 2001-2008. His main pedagogic focus is on the integration of technical and environmental topics and skills into the design process. He has taught and developed several pedagogic concepts, which draw particularly upon the implementation of design-build processes and comprehensive design strategies within the curriculum and practice.

    He is the Program Director and Architect of Record of City College’s Solar Roofpod, which returned to our school’s roof in 2014. This Net-Zero-Energy house was part of the Department of Energy’s 2011 Solar Decathlon. It was exhibited on the National Mall in the fall of 2011 and will now be used as classroom, learning lab and event space for our College.

    Through his teaching, practice and research in the area of integrated design, he has engaged in several interdisciplinary collaborations for energy-efficient buildings, building systems and renewables integration. He is a member of the Society of Building Science Educators (SBSE) and the Building Technology Educators’ Society (BTES). He is a registered architect in New York State and practices in New York City.

  • Michael Meredith

    MOS, Recent Work
    Thursday, March 19, 2015

    Michael Meredith is co-founder of MOS, along with Hilary Sample. Located in New York City, MOS is an architecture practice known to produce work that challenges the boundaries between architecture, art, and technology. MOS has received numerous awards, including a Holcim Award and 2013 AIA New York State Citation for Design for the Lali Gurans Orphanage in Kathmandu, Nepal, the Architecture Award given annually by the American Academy of Arts and Letters; was named one of North America’s “Emerging Voices” by the Architectural League of New York as well as “Avant Guardian” by Surface Magazine. The firm has been featured by The Creator’s Project and in exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, the Venice Architectural Biennale, the Wexner Center, the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, the Shenzen Architectural Biennale, Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, and the Art Institute in Chicago. The firm’s first monograph, Everything All at Once: The Software, Video, and Architecture of MOS, is published by Princeton Architectural Press.

  • Claire Weisz

    Crossing Architecture
    Thursday, March 26, 2015

    Claire Weisz is an architect and urbanist, and a founding principal of WXY architecture + urban design, an award-winning practice based in New York City. With her partners Mark Yoes, Layng Pew, and Adam Lubinsky, Claire focuses on innovative approaches to public space, structures, and cities. WXY has received the League Prize from the Architectural League of New York, as well as being selected as one of the League’s Emerging Voices practices in 2011, in addition to numerous awards from AIA National, AIANY, and the APA.

    Recent and ongoing work in New York City includes the redesign of Astor Place, the Spring Street Sanitation Garage, the redesign of the Rockaway Boardwalks, Battery Park’s SeaGlass Carousel, a design to better accommodate both pedestrians and elevated trains in Harlem, a study of Brooklyn’s growing commercial tech sector (The Brooklyn Tech Triangle), The East River Blueway Plan, and a pilot project for the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Rebuild by Design initiative. With Andrea Woodner, Claire co-founded The Design Trust for Public Space, and is currently on faculty as a Visiting Critic of Urban Design at Cornell’s College of Architecture, Art and Planning in NYC. Claire received her professional degree from The University of Toronto with Honors and her Master’s in Architecture from Yale University.