Jeffrey Inaba: Architecture and the Nice Economy

Department of Architecture Fall 2010 Lecture Series

Architect Jeffrey Inaba is principal of INABA, a firm that specializes in content development and design for a wide range of clients including urban planning advising for Al Ghurair Development, University of Miami, the City of Miami, and the Urban Design Institute of Korea; editorial development and media design for the Public Art Fund and the Pacific Foundation; and creative development for Axe Body Spray, Microsoft, Coca Cola, and Nissan Infiniti. The firm’s creative process involves a method of analysis to first define a project’s objectives and then to oversee all aspects of its production. This stems from the practice’s broader philosophy to grasp the depths of a problem and once it is appraised, to provide clients with findings that assist in making better-informed decisions during planning, design, and realization phases. Inaba is the director of C-Lab, a think tank at Columbia University‘s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation which studies urbanism and architecture and makes policy recommendations. These ideas are broadcast through Volume Magazine, where Inaba is the features editor. Previously, Rem Koolhaas and he codirected the Harvard Project on the City, a research program investigating contemporary urbanism worldwide. Before starting INABA, he was a principal of AMO, the research consultancy founded by Koolhaas’s Office for Metropolitan Architecture. Inaba received a master of architecture and a master of arts in philosophy of architecture degrees from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.

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