Participants will work directly with a diverse group of international architects to design and build exploratory projects and installations that reveal, harness, and amplify elemental potentials of site. Daily workshops will take place with artists and designers to explore experimental methodologies that engage in collaborative design processes, including sculpture, music, and performance.
MILLIØNS is a Los Angeles-based architectural practice, founded by John May and Zeina Koreitem. MILLIØNS conceives of architecture as a speculative medium for exploring the central categories of contemporary life: technology, politics, energy, media, and information.
Zeina Koreitem is a registered architect in Beirut, Lebanon, a Design Critic in Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and Design Faculty at SCI-Arc. John May is Assistant Professor of Architecture and Director of the Master in Design Studies Program at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.
Andrew Kovacs is a lecturer at UCLA Architecture & Urban Design. Kovacs studied architecture at Syracuse University, the Architecture Association in London, and Princeton University. From 2012 to 2013, Kovacs was the inaugural UCLA Teaching Fellow for which he produced GOODS USED: AN ARCHITECTURAL YARD SALE at Jai and Jai Gallery in Los Angeles. Kovacs’ work on architecture and urbanism has been published widely in publications such as Pidgin, Project, Perspecta, Manifest, Metropolis, Clog, Domus, and Fulcrum. Kovacs is the creator and curator of Archive of Affinities, a website devoted to the collection and display of architectural b sides. His recent design work includes a proposal for a dog park in downtown Los Angeles and the renovation of an Airstream trailer into a mobile retail store that travels the Pacific Coast Highway.
Noémie Despland-Lichtert is an urban and architectural historian, curator and educator. She currently teaches at Otis School of Art and Design and at the Woodbury’s School of Architecture. Brendan Sullivan Shea is an architect and designer whose work spans architecture, technology, and collaborative practice. Currently, he teaches architecture at the University of Southern California with a focus on design, research and representation.
In 2015, Despland-Lichtert and Shea founded Roundhouse, a curatorial platform for public engagement with urban history, archival material and contemporary architecture. It aims to investigate urban change by facilitating engagement with site-specific histories through creative site exploration, archival research, publication, film series and exhibition making.
Alex Braidwood is a sound artist, media designer & design educator. He maintains a practice centered around a process of play, experimentation and research through making. His work explores methods for transforming the relationship between people and the sounds in their environment. Alex has been an artist in residence in an Australian National Park, on an Iowa farm and at a mid-western biological field research station. Alex has exhibited work, led creative technology workshops, lectured on his research process, and performed live at a variety of events throughout the US, Europe and Asia. He is currently Associate Professor in the Graphic Design, Masters of Sustainable Design and Human Computer Interaction PhD programs at Iowa State University and is director of the Artist-in-Residence program at the Iowa Lakeside Laboratory biological field research station.
Alex Coetzee is a registered architect and architectural educator living and working in Cape Town, South Africa. He practices as an architect at Wolff Architects and is an adjunct lecturer at the University of Cape Town School of Architecture. He holds a M.Arch with distinction from the University of Cape Town and a Post Graduate Diploma in Printmaking from the Michaelis School of Fine Art.
Since 2017, he has been practicing an ongoing representational project that is concerned with the mediation between lived spatial experience and image. His working process involves chance encounters with the outside world — walking, running and driving through natural landscapes — which are mediated through the lens of everyday contemporary technology. Through this he asks questions about perception, representation and spatial presence.
the2vvo is an artist duo formed in 2014 in Almaty, Kazakhstan. The artists have worked together since 2010. The duo is comprised of sound artist Eldar Tagi and artist Lena Pozdnyakova, who together perform experimental audio-visual sets, create art projects in the form of collaborative and improvised events that involve chance-based investigations, and work on installation and sound art projects that blur the lines between various disciplines. They have traveled extensively and practiced in various locations, exploring local culture for several months to several years. Previously they have lived in Berlin, Leipzig, Nairobi, and Goa. Currently they reside in Los Angeles.
Leah Wulfman is an architect, media artist and occasional writer based in Los Angeles. Using analog materials and emerging technologies, she works to co-opt internets and architectures of proprietary things to tell more experiential stories, and is interested in new immersive platforms and collaborative project-based practices. Trained as an architect, Leah has been assembling hybrid virtual and physical spaces in order to prototype new relationships to technology and nature.
Presently a candidate in the Masters of Arts in Fiction and Entertainment program and the Masters of Science in Design Theory and Pedagogy program at SCI-Arc, she is currently developing a series of live photogrammetry models pulling from imagery uploaded on social media feeds (“instagrammetry”); mixed-reality puppet plays; as well as a fully immersive virtual reality experience that examines one’s internet presence in a physical bathing ritual.
Maxime is a born and raised Montrealer now residing in Los Angeles. A recent graduate of the SCI-Arc EDGE post-professional degree in Architectural Technologies, he previously studied at McGill University, the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and the Ecole Nationale Superieure de Grenoble. He currently works as a Researcher and Assistant Teacher at SCI-Arc and as a Project Designer at Eric Owen Moss Architect.
i/thee is a family and friends design-build studio celebrating the co-sentience of everything in the environment; living and nonliving; past and present; I and thee. Our growing oeuvre includes a list of participatory investigations and architectural experiments including, but not limited to, building a multi-purpose cathedral in the Hungarian countryside, hosting and curating an experimental design-build camp on a farm in Illinois, and designing/constructing a vast habitable sculpture garden in the Southern Californian desert.
Rebecca Looringh-van Beeck is an architect and artist from South Africa. Her work, which crosses between architecture, installation art and theatre, questions the relationship between space and performance, with the notion of performance ranging from daily patterns of use to theatrical patterns on stage. She is interested in the potential for "performance architecture" as both an idiosyncratic tool as well as collective experience which engages the audience as active participants. She continues to explore these interrelated fields through theory and research, as well as through the physical fabrication of interactive structures and events. She has worked in Cape Town, London, Stockholm and Zurich, and is currently an Adjunct Professor at the International Program in Design and Architecture (INDA) at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok.