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  • Andrés Jaque

    Daily Life of Archipolitics
    Thursday, September 17, 2015
    Introduction: Bradley Horn

    Andrés Jaque, architect by the ETSAM and Alfred Toepfer Stiftung’s Tessenow Stipendiat, is Professor of Advanced Architectural Design at the Columbia University GSAPP and Visiting Professor at Princeton University SoA. He is the founder of the Office for Political Innovation. They are authors of awarded projects including ‘Plasencia Clergy House’, ‘House in Never Never Land’, ‘TUPPER HOME’ or ‘ESCARAVOX’. Their project ‘IKEA Disobedients’ is the first architectural performance ever included in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and it is part of a series of architectural experiments intended to explore design from the perspective of post-foundational politics; ‘Sweet Urbanism’ (MAK Vienna, 2013); ‘SUPERPOWERS OF TEN’(Lisbon Architecture Triennale, 2013); ‘Different Kinds of Water Pouring into a Swimming Pool’ (RED CAT CalArts Center for Contemporary Arts, Los Angeles 2013); ‘Hänsel & Gretel’s Arenas’ (La Casa Encendida, Madrid, 2012); ‘PHANTOM. Mies as Rendered Society’ (Mies van der Rohe Pavilion, Barcelona, 2012); ‘SWEET PARLIAMENT HOME’ (Gwangju Biennale, South Korea, 2010); ‘Skin Gardens’ (BAC Barcelona, 2009); or ‘FRAY HOME HOME’ (Biennale di Venezia, 2010). They have been awarded the SILVER LION for the Best Research Project at the 14th Venice Biennale,with the MoMA PS1 YAP 2015 for their project “COSMO. Give me a pipe and I will move the world” (now under construction) and selected as one of the ten design offices of the year by Architectural Record.

  • Marie Law Adams + Dan Adams

    Landing Industry
    Thursday, September 24, 2015
    Introduction: Catherine Seavitt Nordenson

    Dan and Marie Law Adams are the founding partners of Landing Studio, an architecture, design, and research practice whose work negotiates the intersection of large scale global infrastructure with urban environments. Since 2005, Landing Studio has developed projects with port facilities and transit infrastructure entities in Boston and New York by designing shared industrial and public access landscapes, light installations, festivals, exhibitions, tours, and industrial/community operations agreements. Landing Studio received a Progressive Architecture award for the Rock Chapel Marine project in 2013, the Architectural League Prize in 2015, and they were a winner of the Design Biennial Boston in 2015.

    Dan Adams holds a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the University of Michigan, and a Master’s degree in Architecture from Harvard University, where he received the AIA Medal and Kelly Thesis Prize, as well as the Druker Research Fellowship for ongoing research in the global production and transport of salt.

    Marie Law Adams is a licensed architect and received a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the University of Michigan and a Master’s degree in Architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she was a Presidential Fellow and recipient of the AIA Medal.

  • Maria Hurtado de Mendoza

    fuzzy bounded
    Thursday, October 1, 2015
    Introduction: Jeremy Edmiston

    International, award winning architect and principal of estudio.entresitio, (, Maria Hurtado de Mendoza is an associate professor in the School of Architecture at New Jersey Institute of Technology. Prior to NJIT, she was a faculty member at the Polytechnic University of Madrid (ETSAM) for 15 years, and visiting critic at Cornell University AAP. She was granted the Rome Prize in 1996.

    estudio.entresitio is a Madrid-NY based practice that is invested in the material actualization of the architectural concept. The practice has extensive building experience with an emphasis on public work that utilizes novel solutions to the functional and necessary without sacrificing the creative or exploratory.

    In 2007, Architectural Record selected the firm as Design Vanguard, helping its work to be published and seen in many countries. Its built work has received more than 30 awards and honourable mentions, as the ArchDaily “Building of the Year 2012” (healthcare) for the trilogy San Blas+Usera+Villaverde, Madrid.

    #house#1.130 has already been awarded Premio Coam 2014, Wan house of the year 2014, Azure Top 10 Houses, BSA’s 2014 Housing Design Awards y ACSA 2014–2015 Design Faculty Award.

    Hurtado de Mendoza is an International Associate AIA and AIANY housing committee member.

  • Shawn Rickenbacker

    Agile Trajectories
    Thursday, October 15, 2015
    Introduction: Toni Griffin

    Born and raised in New York City, Shawn Rickenbacker holds a bachelor of Architecture from Syracuse University, a Master of Architecture from the University of Virginia and a Certificate in Interaction Design from NYU. He is a partner at the design firm Rickenbacker + Leung llc founded in 2005, notable for such projects as Re: Vision Dallas and the Renaissance Ballroom redevelopment in New York. He also is cofounder of the technology, data and design consultancy Urban Data + Design, currently working on the design and implementation of ambient and embedded technologies in the physical environment intended to enhance spatial awareness and cognition.

    He has lectured throughout the US, Canada, London, Helsinki, Barcelona and Havana on his research and professional work which has also received numerous awards, exhibited and appeared in The New York Times, CNN International, Global Architecture and Fast Company. He’s taught in London at the AA, Ohio State, Syracuse University and is currently a faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Design where he teaches design studios and spatial physical computing. There he also heads the Futures Interaction Lab, a Motorola funded design research lab, conducting research on the convergence of digital and physical space. In April 2015, he was the organizer of the Motorola / PennDesign symposium Non-Discrete Architectures: Digital Prosthetics, Connectivity, and Augmentation, which explored the evolution of new spatial design paradigms addressing the multi-dimensional world and the culture of technology, including coding, data, spatial networks, robotics and augmented space.

  • Ivan Rupnick

    Opening Works and Un-finishing Figures
    Thursday, October 22, 2015
    Introduction: Sean Weiss

    Ivan Rupnik is a Tenured Associate Professor at Northeastern University’s School of Architecture in Boston. He has held academic positions at Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Syracuse University, Harvard University and the Rhode Island School of Design. Rupnik holds a B.Arch from LSU and an M.Arch and Ph. D. from Harvard University. His scholarly work has focused on the relationship between moments of instability and transition and the formation of innovative architectural and urban design methods, particularly those that evolve from exceptions to standard practice and regulatory framework. He is the coauthor of Project Zagreb: Transition as Condition, Strategy, Practice (Actar, 2007), and author of A Peripheral Moment: Experiments in Architectural Agency (Birkhauser-Actar, 2010) and the forthcoming Projecting in Space-time: The Laboratory Method, Modern Architecture and Settlement-building. His design work has been exhibited at Harvard University, the Venice Biennale, Arch Moscow and the Zagreb Biennale, among other venues. Most recently, his design work has included collaboration on a strategic spatial development plan for the University of Zagreb and a design for a new public space for that city, partially completed in 2013. Since 2014, Rupnik has served as the Associate Editor of the Journal of Architectural Education.

  • Judith LeClerc + Jamie Coll

    COLL-LECLERC, A Barcelona Contemporary Practice
    Thursday, October 29, 2015
    Introduction: Fabian Llonch

    Judith LECLERC (Montreal, Canada 1967) is a B.Arch. Mc Gill University, Montréal (1992), Architect ETSABarcelona (2002). Teaches architectural design at ETSABarcelona since 2010 and previously at ESARQ and several Canadian universities: Mc Gill, Montréal and Calgary.

    Jaime COLL (Palma Mallorca 1964) is a Ph. D. Architect, ETSABarcelona (1994), Extraordinary Doctorate Award (1996), Fellow of the LeCorbusier Foundation in Paris (1993) and Fulbright Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Columbia University (1994- 96). Senior Lecturer of Architectural Design at the ETSABarcelona since 1998.

    Their office, founded in Barcelona in 1996, has become expert in three areas: Public space with the TMB Park, a pioneer manmade park on the roof of the bus station. Public housing, with several pilot projects including the Londres- Villarroel complex and Public facilities with namely Sant Gregori School.

    Their work has appeared in more than 300 articles and been exhibited at several Venice and Spanish Biennials as well as in Frankfurt, Stockholm, Bordeaux, Basel, Paris, Phoenix, Genève and Mendrizio.

    In 2007 they received the awards: City of Barcelona of Architecture, IX Spanish Biennial and the Housing National Award and were selected by Herzog&De Meuron-Ai Weiwei for the Ordos 100 project in China. In 2014 they received the 2nd prize in the competition for the renewal of the Montreal Biodôme.