lecture series

Carson Chan and Matthew Shaw: In Conversation

Thursday, March 23, 2023


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Carson Chan, Exhibiting Architecture at Full Scale: An Inventory of Strategies

At art exhibitions we see artworks, but at architecture exhibitions we see representations of buildings. How do we exhibit architecture? Curator and writer Carson Chan will discuss strategies throughout his curating career.

Carson Chan is an architecture writer and curator. He is the inaugural director of the Emilio Ambasz Institute for the Joint Study of the Built and Natural Environment at the Museum of Modern Art (New York), where he is also a curator in the Architecture and Design Department. He is co-founder of both Current: Collective for Architecture History and Environment, and PROGRAM: Initiative for Art and Architecture Collaborations in Berlin. With Nadim Samman, he curated the 4th Marrakech Biennale (2012), and was executive curator for the Biennial of the Americas in Denver (2013). His writing is widely published in periodicals like Avery Review, Frieze, PIN-UP, Texte zur Kunst, and 032c, where he was formerly editor-at-large. He holds degrees from Cornell and Harvard Universities. His doctoral research at Princeton University tracks the architecture of public aquariums in the US against the rise of environmentalism as a popular and political movement. He is currently preparing a large-scale survey exhibition on American environmental architecture at MoMA, set to open in the fall of 2023.

Matthew Shaw will discuss writing and criticism as a practice as well as his latest book American Modern

Matt Shaw is a New York–based author, editor, and columnist, whose work focuses on architecture as an instrument of political, social, and cultural shifts. He has been published in The New York Times, The Guardian, PIN-UP, Artforum, The Architectural Review, and Domus. His forthcoming book with Iwan Baan about Columbus, Indiana will be published by Monacelli Press in 2023. Shaw is also the co-founder of the experimental project space Hot Air in downtown New York. He has previously served as Executive Editor of The Architect’s Newspaper, where the online publication won an International Committee of Architectural Critics (CICA) honorable mention. He also teaches critical writing at UPenn, Indiana University, NJIT, and the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), and has served on a number of advisory boards, awards committees, and built project juries.

Please join us at 6PM on Thursday, March 23, at our Cosanti campus in Scottsdale, AZ for what promises to be a fascinating conversation.

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The Built and Unbuilt Stories A Lecture by Jimenez Lai, The Bureau Spectacular

Friday, February 24, 2023

6:00 PM

Jimenez Lai was born in Taiwan, grew up in Canada, and lives in Los Angeles. Before establishing Bureau Spectacular, Lai lived in a desert shelter at Taliesin and resided in a shipping container at Atelier Van Lieshout on the piers of Rotterdam. Lai’s first book, Citizens of No Place: An Architectural Graphic Novel, was published by Princeton Architectural Press with a grant from the Graham Foundation. Lai has won various awards, including the Architectural League Prize for Young Architects, the Debut Award at the Lisbon Triennale, and the Designer of the Future at Art Basel. Lai represented Taiwan at the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale. Lai’s work is in the permanent collection of MoMA, SFMOMA, Art Institute of Chicago, and LACMA.

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A Lecture by Behnaz Assadi and Nima Javidi Ja Architecture Studio

Thursday, February 23, 2023

6:00 PM

Ja Architecture Studio is a Canadian practice based in Toronto and led by an Iranian-Canadian duo, an architect and a landscape designer, that combine the rootedness of a local architecture firm with the broad interests of an international design studio. From small to medium sized buildings that confront detail-level building constraints to ambitious international competitions that draw upon the collective repertoire of the discipline, the trajectory of the practice is based on a method of simultaneously working at the opposing ends of the professional spectrum. Taken as a whole, the studio’s work invests in larger questions of the discipline–namely how iconographic, geometric, formal, and tectonic pursuits relate to broader contexts such as contemporary art, politics, construction, landscape, and urbanism.

By engaging in thoughtful design conversations ranging from the role of public art internationally with curators, to the wood joinery of a three legged chair with local furniture makers, and the virtues of renaturalizing urban plots with neighbours, the studio aims to investigate the core of architecture by operating at numerous points around its periphery, connecting the themes and interests within the studio with those of the world at large. This approach was not chosen for its assurance of success but as a means for investigating the merit and relevance of Ja’s ideas across a wide variety of scales and contexts. Ja’s work has been published widely and exhibited both nationally and internationally.

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Get Out: A Lecture by Dong-Ping Wong, Food New York

Monday, November 21, 2022

On Monday, November 21, Food New York will kick off their visit at TSOA, beginning with a lecture by Dong-Ping Wong presenting recent work from the practice.

Dong-Ping Wong is the founder and Director of Food New York. Ongoing projects include a garden spa in the Cayman Islands, the 18,000sf New York headquarters for Hypebeast, and + POOL, the world’s first floating, water filtering pool. Before starting Food New York, Dong-Ping was a founding partner of Family New York with Oana Stanescu, which led the designs of contemporary art museums in Mantaa, Finland and Maribor, Slovenia, stand-alone stores for Off-White c/o Virgil Abloh in New York, Tokyo, Singapore and Hong Kong, the stage design for Kanye West’s Yeezus Tour, and residential projects for him and his family in Paris and Los Angeles. Dong-Ping earned his Master of Architecture from Columbia University and his Bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley.              

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Four Corners Studio: A lecture by Théodora Barat

Thursday, October 20, 2022

On October 20, 2022, visual artist Théodora Barat presented a new examination of industrial-scientific-military constructions, questioning their possible documentation and representation. She presented the outcomes of a workshop with TSOA students during her stay that reflects on the interaction between architecture and sculpture within the very particular staging of desert space.

Théodora Barat’s artistic approach combines film, sculpture and installation, and frequently incorporates architectural and site-specific contexts. She examines modernity figures and dissects its chimeras in order to question our future(s). She is currently a PhD candidate at RADIAN, developing a multidisciplinary project on the imprint of nuclear research on the Four Corners area.

Barat was a fellow at Villa Medici – French Academy in Rome in 2021-22. Her work has been shown at Sunken Plaza – K11 MUSEA, The Emily Harvey Foundation, The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, Cneai=, Nuit Blanche, La Friche la Belle de Mai, Vilnius Contemporary Art Center, Palais de Tokyo, The Centre Pompidou, The Boston Fine Arts Museum, as well as in several international film festivals.

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Thamarit Suchart, AIA: Preoccupations

Thursday, September 22, 2022

On September 22, 2022 Thamarit Suchart of Chen + Suchart Studio presented the studio’s recent projects at The School of Architecture’s Cosanti campus.

Thamarit Suchart is a principal and co-founder of Chen + Suchart Studio.  He graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design (Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Architecture 1997) and Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design (Master of Architecture in Urban Design 1999).  After working for numerous award winning architecture firms in both Boston and Phoenix, Thamarit officially established his own architecture firm in 2010 with his wife, Patricia Chen Suchart.  

Chen + Suchart Studio works at a variety of scales ranging from small well crafted projects and single family residences to larger scale urban design.  The practice is not interested in style.  The common thread between all projects undertaken in our studio is the integrity of design that transcends style.  The work of the studio is focused on the reinvention of known ideas, spatial experience, and the quality and craft of construction in all of our projects.

Since 2015, the firm has been the recipient of a total of nine AIA design awards, from both the AIA Arizona Chapter as well as from the AIA Western Mountain Region Chapter.  2015 also included an award from Residential Architect Magazine, where The Staab Residence was awarded the Design Award for a Custom Home over 3,000 SF.  In 2012, the firm was identified as “15 Young Firms to Watch: Chen + Suchart Studio” by Residential Architect Magazine.  Thamarit is a registered architect in the State of Arizona.

Thamarit has also served as a faculty associate and adjunct lecturer, teaching undergraduate and graduate design studios at both Arizona State University and the University of Arizona since 2010.  He is committed to sharing his knowledge with the future generations of architects.

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LANZA Atelier - 7 Years

Friday, April 1, 2022

The architecture studio LANZA Atelier was founded by Isabel Abascal and Alessandro Arienzo and is based in Mexico City and Madrid. LANZA understands the architectural project as a constantly fluctuating process which is subject to various forces, and as a malleable element.

Their April 1, 2022, lecture and workshop at TSOA presented an overhaul of LANZA’s work, aims, challenges and experiences from their foundation in 2015.

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Joseph Becker: RAD/PED (Expanded Discourse)

Friday, March 4, 2022

March 4th, Joseph Becker, Associate Curator of Architecture and Design at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, conducted a workshop on radical pedagogy, exploring new ideas while engaging histories of aberrant modes of teaching, learning, and making.

Participants tested multiple formats and techniques of RAD/PED including flying an Aerocene tetra sculpture by artist Tomás Saraceno during this interactive and collectively driven workshop.

Joseph Becker is a curator, writer, and educator in San Francisco. He is the Associate Curator of Architecture and Design at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, where his curatorial approach focuses on creating an access point to tools, ideas, and issues surrounding the intersection of design and art, and the shifts between conceptual and production practice that blur these boundaries.

Becker has organized dozens of exhibitions at SFMOMA and has arranged important acquisitions and donations to the museum’s collection. He has regularly moderated and served on art and design panels, been an invited juror at many national architecture programs, led workshops on exhibition and experiential design, lectured internationally, been an invited consultant to public art and design projects, and contributed writings on art, architecture, and design to numerous publications. He received both his Bachelor of Architecture and his Master of Advanced Architectural Design in Design Theory and Critical Practice from the California College of the Arts, where he has taught interdisciplinary seminars on art and architecture.

His current exhibitions are Drawing the Line: Rael San Fratello at the U.S.-Mexico Border, which reimagines the architectural conditions of the border to bridge the cultures and communities it divides, and Tauba Auerbach: S v Z, a survey exhibition of 17 years of the artist’s multivalent and interdisciplinary work that connects ideas of structure, pattern, and gesture at intricate and vast scales.

Civic Callings: Restoring the Past, Claiming Rights in the Present

Thursday, February 17, 2022

This lecture, under the theme of “Global Narratives”, featured the CEO & Executive Director of The Cosanti Foundation, Elizabeth Martin-Malikian. Gathering knowledge from the postwar cities in the Levant, Martin-Malikian, who is also a tenured Professor and Chair of Thesis for the Department of Architecture at Kennesaw State University, explored the notion of “otherness” in her lecture at The School of Architecture.

By examining an oft-hidden issue concerning an overlapping aspect of the “Oneness” of the “Other” and the object over the philosophical explanatory power of alterity, Martin-Malikian has focused her research on the hybridity of the Levant (the area encompassing present-day Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel, and Palestine).

Her unique background encompasses art, architecture, and academics, a rare combination that aligns fully with the unique mission of The Cosanti Foundation. Originally from New York, she has more than 30 cumulative years of experience as a practicing and principal architectural designer and more than 15 years of experience as an academic-practitioner teaching domestically and internationally as a professor of architecture and urban design.

Her lifelong commitment to her profession and to the creative community is evident in her service as part of dozens of commissions, committees, and councils, including the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Women’s Leadership Initiative, Metropolitan Public Art Coalition (MPAC), and AIACC Monterey Design Conference committee.

She has been awarded numerous grants, including, most recently, a NEA Challenge America Grant. Liz has also received a variety of honors, such as the AIA/ACSA Practice and Leadership Award (2019), AIAS Educator of the Year Award (2020), the ULI Atlanta “The Leaders” 2021 cohort, and most recently, an Journal of Architecture Education (JAE) writing award.

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Pluriverse Rising: Indigenous Design with Wanda Dalla Costa

Thursday, February 10, 2022

Dalla Costa, AIA, LEED A.P. is a member of the Saddle Lake Cree Nation. She is an architect and an Institute professor and a YBCA 100 2019 honoree, an award which celebrates people, organizations, and movements shifting culture through ideas, their art, and their activism. At Arizona State University, she is the director and founder of the Indigenous Design Collaborative, a community-driven design and construction program, which brings together tribal community members, industry and a multidisciplinary team of ASU students and faculty to co-design solutions for tribal communities. Dalla Costa was part of Unceded at the 2018 Venice Biennale where she joined 18 Indigenous architects from across Turtle Island to share an Indigenous vision of the future. Her firm, Tawaw Architecture Collective (www.tawarc.com) is based in Phoenix.

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In Conversation: Terrol Dew Johnson and Alexandra Cunningham Cameron

Thursday, December 2, 2021

TSOA is pleased to host discussions across artistic, design, and curatorial practices in our Expanded Discourse series this Fall and Spring.

Terrol Dew Johnson is a nationally-recognized, award-winning Tohono O’odham basket weaver, community activist and museum consultant. His baskets have won major awards at the Santa Fe Indian Market, Heard Museum Fair, Phoenix, and Southwest Indian Art Fair, Tucson.

Alexandra Cunningham Cameron is the Curator of Contemporary Design and the first Hintz Secretarial Scholar at Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.

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Sean Canty: Atypical Houses

Friday, October 8, 2021

Sean Canty is the founder of SSC, an architecture practice based in Cambridge, MA. The studio is interested in choreographing unconventional relationships between spaces of contemplation and collective gathering. The work of the studio engages formal combination and juxtaposition at a variety of scales—from objects to interiors—and explores a range of programmatic types—from domestic environments to cultural spaces. Canty is also one of the founding principals of Office III (OIII), an experimental architectural collective that spans New York, San Francisco, and Cambridge. Selected as a finalist for the 2017 MoMA PS1 Young Architects competition, OIII has completed a Welcome Center for Governors Island and exhibited work at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Prior to founding these studios, Canty was a Project Designer at IwamotoScott Architecture in San Francisco. Canty’s work and writing has been published in domus, Harvard Design Magazine, MAS Context, and the forthcoming publications BLANK: Speculations on CLT and Inscriptions: Architecture Before Speech. Canty is the recipient of the 2020 Richard Rogers Fellowship. Canty is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. Prior to joining the faculty at the GSD, Canty held teaching positions at the Cooper Union, University California Berkeley, and California College of the Arts. In addition to architectural design, Canty has taught classes on descriptive geometry and design media. Canty received an M.Arch from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and a B.Arch from California College of the Arts.

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Eddie Jones: Portable Regionalism

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Eddie Jones of Jones Studio discusses the relationship of local climates, cultures and vernacular design, with and applied to other regions. Jones will present Sonoran responses in his studio’s work as explorations of  “Portable Regionalism: The Understanding of Common Denominators“.

For forty plus years, Eddie’s persistence and innovation have expanded the palette of materials and methods available throughout Arizona. His long-standing implementation of sustainability and environmental design, matched with an extraordinary sensitivity to the factors that create space, have made better human experiences and better architecture.

Under Eddie Jones’ leadership, Jones Studio has received 222 design awards including a National AIA and a GSA Design Excellence Honor for the Mariposa Land Port of Entry in Nogales, Arizona. In 2018 Eddie was awarded the AIA Arizona’s Architects Medal, the highest honor an individual practitioner of architecture can receive in the state. In 2021 Eddie was elevated to The College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects.

Eddie is a 2004 recipient of the Melvin R. Lohmann Medal (for career achievement in architecture) from his alma mater, Oklahoma State University. The Lohmann Medal is the highest honor bestowed on a graduate of the College of Engineering, Architecture, and Technology. Soon after, Eddie also became an inductee of the College of Engineering, Architecture, and Technology Hall of Fame. Although state rivals, the University of Oklahoma College of Architecture named Eddie the Bruce Goff Chair in 1999. For the fiftieth anniversary of the iconic Progressive Architecture Awards, he was specially selected to be a member of the esteemed jury.

Eddie was appointed in 2007 to the GSA Design Excellence Peer Review. He was named a Founding Board of Governors member by The School of Architecture at Taliesin in 2017. He is very active in Arizona Forward, Arizona’s premier organization for promoting sustainable design. Eddie also hosts many community events at the new office building, completed in 2016 to serve as a model of sustainability in desert environments.

There are currently 40 books, 227 magazines and journals, 29 TV shows, various radio programs, one Hollywood movie and one documentary film including the Studio’s works.

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