Art Omi: Architecture 2024

Ximena Ocampo Aguilar

Mexico

Ximena Ocampo Aguilar (she/her) is an architect and urban designer based in Mexico. She believes in a liberating architecture whose tools and methodologies can help us explore and understand cities as spaces full of ambiguity and contradiction, which can give rise to unexpected encounters, chance discovery, and change. Against the premise of master planning, Ocampo Aguilar utilizes walking as an artistic practice and ethnographic research tool within both her professional and teaching practice. With dérive lab, a multidisciplinary laboratory she co-founded in 2013, she works on projects at various scales and outputs, such as [other] ways to occupy public space, a worldwide inventory of objects, elements, and actions of appropriation of public space.

Leen Katrib

U.S.

Leen Katrib (she/her) is an architectural designer and Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of Kentucky. Informed by her upbringing as a Syrian-Lebanese-Palestinian immigrant, her work investigates architecture’s materiality and historiography and designs new frameworks for marginalized histories and material culture. Her work has been supported by MacDowell/NEA, Harry der Boghosian, and Paul & Daisy Soros fellowships, and Howard Crosby Butler, William & Neoma Timme, and George H. Mayr travel grants; published in Future Anterior, Pidgin, Room One Thousand, and Bracket; exhibited at Lexington Art League, Syracuse University, Van Der Plas Gallery, the Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism, and A+D Museum.

Pablo Kobayashi

Mexico

Pablo Kobayashi (he/him) is a researcher and manipulator of material behaviors and their morphological expressions. He has developed his practice around the notion of emergence, where the whole is not the sum of its parts and complex behaviors emerge from the interaction of simple agents following a simple set of rules. His work extends to a wide array of material explorations, specializing particularly on pneumatic structures and the non-standard use of concrete. His pedagogical methodology focuses on learning by doing and emergent knowledge derived from the understanding and discovery of material logics. He is Head of the “Exogenous protocols, endogenous properties” studio at the School of Architecture at Universidad Iberoamericana.

Moon Joo Lee

South Korea/U.S.

Moon Joo Lee (he/him) is a registered architect in the state of Michigan and in South Korea. He is an Adjunct Professor of Architecture at Hongik University and the founding principal at OO Architecture, a design practice that explores ways to expand architecture’s critical capacity through the act of drawing and making. Lee is interested in the latent potential of generative drawings in the architectural design process. His works have won Ken Roberts Memorial Delineation Competitions and have been exhibited and published internationally. He received an M.Arch degree from the University of Michigan and a B.Arch from Hongik University. 

Onnis Luque

Mexico

Onnis Luque (he/him) is a visual artist and a self-taught photographer trained as an architect. His work reflects critically on the processes of nature’s production, dwelling, and architectural creation within the modern capitalist system. Author of the books DOMINIO. Este es un libro de Arquitectura (Gatonegro, 2023), (H) Arquitectura, Estado y Militarización (self-published, 2023), UNDERCOVER (The Velvet Cell, 2021), and USF/DF Tácticas de Apropiación (CONACULTA, 2014), Luque is a member of the National Creators System (SNCA), Production Award in the XIX National Biennial of Photography at the Centro de la Imagen in 2022, and grantee of the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts in 2019.

Immanuel Oni

U.S.

Immanuel Oni (he/him) is a first-generation Nigerian-American space doula living in New York City, originally from Houston. He believes architecture is not about what he is making, but who he is making it for. His work explores loss, liberation, and its deep connection with place. He has received awards from the Laundromat Project, Design Trust for Public Space, Culture Push, More Art, Institute for Public Architecture, Architectural League, New York State Council of the Arts, and he is the commissioned artist for the New York City Chrystie Street African Burial Ground Memorial. He is a former Director of Community Design at the New York City’s Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice and Adjunct Professor at Parsons the New School for Design. He is the co-founder and Creative Director of Liminal, a non-profit that works at the intersection of art, unity, and space.

Cyrus Peñarroyo

U.S.

Cyrus Peñarroyo (he/him) is a Filipino-American architect and educator whose work examines the urbanity of the Internet, namely the social, political, and material relations cultivated by networked technologies. He is an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning and a partner in the design practice EXTENTS, with McLain Clutter. Peñarroyo was awarded the Architectural League Prize, two ACSA Faculty Design Awards, and a residency fellowship at the Akademie Schloss Solitude, among other honors. Peñarroyo received a BS in Architecture from the University of Illinois at Chicago and an M.Arch from Princeton University.

Sam Schuermann

U.S.

Sam Schuermann (she/her) is an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Architecture and Urban Planning where she served as the 2022–23 Architectural Activism Fellow. She holds an M.Arch from Rice University and a BS.Arch from the University of Cincinnati. Prior to joining UWM, Schuermann practiced at LEVER Architecture in Portland, Oregon. Schuermann is a designer, maker, and researcher whose work explores the objects, conventions, and material implications of domestic labor. By leveraging the aesthetics of domesticity, she exploits and subverts gender and labor constructs through textile manipulation, color and material play, and joyful form-making. Her work has been published in Wisconsin Architect Magazine, NCBDS, PLAT 7.5, and STOA; has been exhibited at the Oslo Architecture Triennale and through Sculpture Milwaukee; and she has served on numerous juries.

Sebastián Trujillo-Torres

India

Sebastián Trujillo-Torres (he/him) is an architectural designer, researcher, and lecturer with extensive professional experience in Colombia and India. His field of practice ranges from the engineering of design methodologies and constructive processes, to the elaboration of adaptive objects and spatialities. He co-founded Chaal.Chaal.Agency, a design-research collaborative project that investigates issues and potentialities particular to Global South urbanisms as templates for global imaginations, with the aim of triggering larger transformations through small-scale interventions.

Lily Chishan Wong

U.S./Hong Kong

Lily Chishan Wong (she/her) is a registered architect in New York and Assistant Professor at the University of Miami in Florida. Her research and practice are devoted to visualizing coloniality and designing new human-plant relationships through architecture and ecological thinking. She was awarded the Harry der Boghosian Fellowship at Syracuse University in 2022–23. In addition to an M.Arch from Columbia University GSAPP, Lily received a BFA from Parsons School of Design and a BA in Philosophy from the New School.