Farzin Lotfi-Jam is the director of Farzin Farzin, a multidisciplinary design studio working across architecture, urbanism, computation, and media. His work explores the political implications of technology and computation through exhibition practice. From modeling the control matrices of smart cities to spatializing the cultural logics of social media, his individual and collaborative projects are research-based and multimediatic. Lotfi-Jam's work has been collected by The Centre Pompidou and the Sharjah Art Foundation, and he is a recipient of recent grants and support for his research from the Alexander S. Onassis Foundation, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, M+/Design Trust, and The Shed where he was an inaugural Open Call Artist. He has been exhibited at Storefront for Art and Architecture, MAXXI, the Venice Architecture Biennale, the Oslo Architecture Triennale, the Istanbul Design Biennial, the Seoul Architecture Biennial, the Sharjah Architecture Triennial, and elsewhere. His co-authored book Modern Management Methods: Architecture, Historical Value, and the Electromagnetic Image was published by Columbia University Press. He holds graduate degrees in architecture from RMIT University in Melbourne, and Columbia University in New York.
Academic Research/Specialty Areas
- Digital media
- Technology and art
- Exhibition Practice
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Awards, Grants, and Fellowships (Selected)
- Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, for "The Machine at the Heart of Man: Doxiadis' Informational Modernism" with M. Wasiuta (2021)
- Onassis Foundation Grant, for "The Machine at the Heart of Man: Doxiadis’ Informational Modernism" with M. Wasiuta (2019)
- M+/Design Trust Research Fellowship, for "Auto Pilot Cities: Computational Urbanism in Southeast Asia" with M. Wasiuta (2019)
- Epic MegaGrant, for "Dynamic Constraints: Architecture Curriculum and Tools" (2019)
- Inaugural Open Call Artist, The Shed (2018)
Exhibitions and Presentations (Selected)
- Media Habitat, c. 1975. In Sharjah Architecture Triennial, curated by Adrian Lahoud. Fall 2019. Co-author with Felicity D. Scott and Mark Wasiuta (2019)
- Modern Management Methods: United Nations Headquarters. In Open Call, curated by Emma Enderby. The Shed, New York. Co-curator and co-designer with Caitlin Blanchfield (2019)
- No-Stop Classroom: Audio-Visual Education in America. In A School of Schools: Travelling Exhibition, curated by Jan Boelen with Vera Sachetti and Nadine Botha. Luma Foundation, Arles, France. Co-author with Mark Wasiuta (2019)
- "Modern Management Methods: Architecture, Historical Value, and the Electromagnetic Image." New York: Columbia Books on Architecture and the City, 2019. Co-author with Caitlin Blanchfield.
- "Unstable Control." In Barber, D, et al., Eds. Structural Instability. E-Flux Architecture. Fall 2018. Co-author with Mark Wasiuta.
- "The Bedroom of Things." In Kolb, Jaffer, Ed. Guest Edited Section. Queer Log. Log 41. Fall 2017. Co-author with Caitlin Blanchfield.