Nataly Gattegno and Jason Kelly Johnson: Experiments
Department of Architecture Fall 2013 Lecture Series
Future Cities Lab is an experimental design and collaborative research office operating globally out of San Francisco. Since 2002, design principals Jason Kelly Johnson and Nataly Gattegno have completed a range of award-winning projects exploring the intersection of architectural design with advanced fabrication technologies, robotics, responsive building systems, and public space. Future Cities Lab is at the forefront of exploring how advanced technologies, social media, and the internet of things will profoundly affect how we live, work, communicate, and play in the future. Their approach to design and making, which has been described as “high performance craft,” is also deeply experiential, interactive, and materially rich.
Their work has been published and exhibited worldwide. In 2011 Future Cities Lab was awarded the New York Architectural League of Prize for Young Architects. Most recently they were the 2008–09 Muschenheim and Oberdick Fellows at the University of Michigan TCAUP, and the 2009 New York Prize Fellows at the Van Alen Institute in New York City. Exhibitions of their work have taken place at the SFMOMA (The Utopian Impulse Show), 2012 Zero1 Art + Technology Biennale, 2009–10 Hong Kong + Shenzhen Biennale, the Extension Gallery in Chicago, and the Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco. Johnson and Gattegno currently hold academic research positions at the California College of the Arts and University of California‒Berkeley respectively, as well as the Architectural Association’s Global Summer Program Biodynamic Structures and Hydra-Cities Lab in Athens, Greece.
Johnson received his bachelor of science from the University of Virginia and his master of architecture from Princeton University. Gattegno received her master of architecture from Princeton University, and a master of arts from Cambridge University, St. John’s College.
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