Architecture of Disbelief

This exhibit is in conjunction with the Department of Architecture's prestigious Preston H. Thomas Memorial Lecture Series as a symposium titled, Architecture of Disbelief organized by graduate programs coordinators Mark Morris and Jim Williamson. The exhibition features the work of the symposium speakers.

  • Neil Spiller, vice dean and professor of architecture and digital theory at London’s Bartlett School, is noted author of Visionary Architecture, Maverick Deviations, Lost Architectures, and editor of Cyber Reader. His work is characterized as techno- or cyber-Gothic. 
  • Lebbeus Woods, cofounder of the Research Institute for Experimental Architecture, is a professor at Cooper Union. His designs for provocative, politically charged, edgy urban interventions have inspired scenes in films such as Twelve Monkeys and Alien 3
  • Jeffrey Kipnis is well known for his collaborations with Peter Eisenman and the late philosopher Jacques Derrida. He has organized groundbreaking exhibitions including Perfect Acts of Architecture and Mood River and directed the film A Constructive Madness about Frank Gehry.
  • Evan Douglis is chairperson of undergraduate architecture at Pratt and principal of Evan Douglis Studio dealing with self-generative systems, membrane technology, and emerging techniques in fabrication. Douglis’s projects are aggressively interdisciplinary and multi-media. He has exhibited at the ARCHILAB International Conference and received the 2006 ACADIA Award for Emerging Digital Practice.
  • Dagmar Richter is a professor in the UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design. She has established her own practice, DR_D Studio, in Los Angeles and Berlin. Richter applies several themes of the symposium at an urban scale. Her two monographs are XYZ: The Architecture of Dagmar Richter and Armed Surfaces: Architecture and Urbanism 5.
  • Karl Chu teaches at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at Columbia University. He is codirector of the Genetic Architecture Program and the director of the Metaphysics of Architecture and Computation at ESARQ, Universitat Internacional de Cataluyna, Barcelona. He has pursued a radical agenda involving principles of Monadology which involves the convergence of computation and genetics.
  • Ben Langlands and Nikki Bell are two artists recently nominated for the prestigious Turner Prize. Their work deals with architecture, often taking the form of plans, models, and reliefs and was featured in Charles Saatchi’s Sensation exhibition. They were appointed official British war artists for the invasion of Afghanistan and subsequently created the critically acclaimed interactive computer animation, The House of Osama bin Laden.
  • Neri Oxman is a young architect and researcher associated with the Smart Cities Group at the Media Lab and the MIT Design Lab where she is a Presidential Fellow. Differentiated material organizations and performative environments represent the core of her work which involves computation and fabrication using new parametric software she has helped develop. Her work merges the organic and digital in unexpected and innovative ways. Oxman’s projects have been exhibited at both the Venice and Beijing biennale shows.

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