Art Omi: Architecture 2017


Craig Konyk, USA
Craig Konyk is an Assistant Professor of Architecture in the School of Public Architecture in the Michael Graves College at Kean University in Union NJ. He was formerly Adjunct Assistant Professor of Architecture in the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (GSAPP) at Columbia University and GAUD at Pratt Institute. Craig has been named Emerging Voice by the Architectural League of New York and was a finalist for the Rome Prize in Urban Design by the American Academy in Rome. He has served on the Boards of Artists Space, the Architectural League of New York and The Architect's Newspaper.

Valle Medina, Spain
Valle Medina is a Spanish architect. She is a recent Geisendorf fellow of ETH Zürich D-ARCH, and graduated summa cum laude from its Computer Aided Architectural Design department. She is currently leading a design studio at the Department of Architecture Theory and Philosophy of Technology at the Vienna Technical University. She was most lately a fellow of the Danish Arts Foundation. Medina is a cofounder of PA/LAC/E with Benjamin Reynolds. They have been fellows at the Van Eyck Academie (Maastricht) and at the Koneen Säätiö Foundation (Helsinki/Saari). PA/LAC/E recently won the 50th Central Glass Award (Tokyo). Their work has been shown at the CCCB (Barcelona), the BCA (Boston), BAK (Utrecht), and the Architecture Foundation (London), amongst others. They have also contributed to printed and online publications including EP (Sternberg Press), the Guardian, ECOCORE (London) and Spéciale'Z (Paris). Their first major monograph—Paris Hermitage—is slated for publication in early 2017 with Cooperative Editions (New York). PA/LA/CE is currently based in Basel and London.

Benjamin Reynolds, Australia
Benjamin Reynolds received a diploma with honors from the Architectural Association, London, where, since 2014 he has been teaching Diploma 5. He has been awarded Villa Sträuli's tenth anniversary residency for 2016. Reynolds is a cofounder of PA/LAC/E with Valle Medina. They have been fellows at the Van Eyck Academie (Maastricht) and at the Koneen Säätiö Foundation (Helsinki/Saari). PA/LAC/E recently won the 50th Central Glass Award (Tokyo). Their work has been shown at the CCCB (Barcelona), the BCA (Boston), BAK (Utrecht), and the Architecture Foundation (London), amongst others. They have also contributed to printed and online publications including EP (Sternberg Press), the Guardian, ECOCORE (London) and Spéciale'Z (Paris). Their first major monograph—Paris Hermitage—is slated for publication in early 2017 with Cooperative Editions (New York). PA/LA/CE is currently based in Basel and London.

Éric Omar Camarena, Mexico
Éric Omar Camarena is an architect. He grew up in a suburb in western Mexico, earned his Bachelor degree in 2009 (ITESO) and his Master's in 2014 (University of Southern California). Some of his interests lie in the intersection of architecture, media and landscape, and in the relationship between technology and storytelling in the construction of reality. He has lectured and exhibited work surrounding these topics in Mexico and the United States. He currently teaches Architectural Design, History and Theory at the University of the Americas Puebla.

Janine Soper, USA
Janine Soper is a Brooklyn-based architectural designer. She received her Master of Architecture degree from Rhode Island School of Design where she was awarded the AIA Henry Adams Gold Medal. In New York City, Janine has worked on design competitions, residential, cultural, and institutional projects at the architecture offices of Deborah Berke Partners, Della Valle Bernheimer and Freecell. She has taught an architecture design studio at RISD and has served as a guest architecture critic at RISD, Parsons, Pratt, NYIT, and the University of Pennsylvania. Janine volunteers in Brooklyn for the Center for Urban Pedagogy and New York Cares and is currently working on architectural projects in Brooklyn and upstate New York.

Wolfgang Novak, Austria
Wolfgang Novak was born in Salzburg, Austria in 1974. He graduated in Architecture from the TU Graz in 1999 and holds a MAS degree in Landscape Architecture from the ETH Zurich. After collaborating with different offices such as NOX in Rotterdam, he established his own office in Salzburg in 2007. He is a licensed architect in the Austrian Chamber of Architects and Engineers. His work has been featured in many journals and magazines. Wolfgang has a broad experience in teaching. He held teaching positions in Germany and in Austria and he regularly speaks at universities. As a founding member of Anah, he initiates both the practical and theoretical work in the fields of architecture, urbanism and landscape. Wolfgang´s agenda focuses on political, economical and space-related matters from an architect's perspective.

Daniela Oberauer, Austria
Daniela Oberaur was born in Salzburg, Austria, in 1983. She received both her Bachelor and her Master of Arts in from the University of Arts in Linz, Austria. Prior to co-founding Anah in 2014, she gained extended professional experience in collaborating with fashion labels, theaters and in art and design productions in Vienna and Salzburg. Her work focuses on artistic, social and critical aspects of our environment. As a founding member she heads the research and publishing of Anah by being dedicated to improving the understanding of architecture, art and design in our society. Daniela develops the transdisciplinary approach of Anah. Her agenda focuses on the human interaction in the urban landscape.

James Jarzyniecki, USA
James Jarzyniecki received a master of architecture degree from the Wentworth Institute of Technology (Boston 2012). He co-directs the spatial practice Jarzyniecki Johnson founded in 2012. He is the co-owner of outside, a new contemporary art gallery dedicated to emerging artists in North Adams, Massachusetts.

Beate Kirsch, Germany
Beate Kirsh is a freelance architect with a studio establishment in Hamburg. She studied architecture and urbanism at the University of Fine Arts in Hamburg, with an emphasis in interdisciplinary works between architecture and art. She received a teaching scholarship at the University of Fine Arts Hamburg, and a scholarship at the German Academy Villa Massimo, Rome in 2008. Kirsh is a founding member of Women In Architecture, Hamburg and has served as a lecturer and jury member for architectural competitions. Her Hamburg office works on projects between architecture and art in all phases of the project, from design to execution in urban space, buildings and exhibitions.

Ana Peñalba, Spain
Ana Peñalba holds a Master's Degree in Architecture and a Masters in Environmental Studies from the Polytechnic School of Madrid (ETSAM). In 2005 she co-founded the Architecture Collective Leon11, from where she cultivated her interests in collective learning methodologies and collaborative practices. Since 2012 she works mostly in research projects and self-initiated proposals exploring concerns about Waste and Identity; questioning the limits between Reality and Fiction by breaking down the links that associate our cultural legacy to what we see. She has worked as an Architect Designer with Architects such as Thomas Leeser, Dominique Perrault, Andres Perea, Andres Jaque and Michael Sorkin. She is currently an Adjunct Professor in the School of Art and Design at NJIT and Barnard-Columbia College of Architecture and, a Visiting Lecturer at AAP NYC Architecture Art Planning Cornell University. She just got invited to be part of the "AIM Program 2016" at the Bronx Museum for the Arts and, at the Program "Open Sessions 2016-17" at the Drawing Center in NYC. You can check out her work here.

Guest Architecture Critic

Alexandra Lange is the architecture critic for Curbed and an Opinion columnist at Dezeen. Her essays, reviews, and features have appeared in Architect, Domus, Dwell, Medium, MAS Context, Metropolis, New York Magazine the New Yorker online, and The New York Times. She has been a featured writer at Design Observer. She has taught architecture criticism in the Design Criticism Program at the School of Visual Arts and the Urban Design & Architecture Studies Program at New York University. During academic year 2013–2014 she was a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.


Sean Anderson is Associate Curator in the Department of Architecture and Design at The Museum of Modern Art, New York. A Fellow of the American Academy in Rome and the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, he has degrees in architectural design and architectural history from Cornell University, an M. Arch from Princeton University and a Ph.D in art history from the University of California, Los Angeles. He has practiced as an architect and taught in Afghanistan, Australia, India, Italy, Morocco, Sri Lanka and the U.A.E. His book, Modern Architecture and its Representation in Colonial Eritrea was published in 2015 and has been nominated for the AIFC Bridge Book Award for Non-Fiction.

David Leven is a partner at LEVENBETTS, an award winning New York City based architecture practice, and an Associate Professor at Parsons School of Constructed Environments. David holds a Bachelor of Arts from Colgate University, a Master of Architecture degree from Yale University and attended the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies. LEVENBETTS was founded by David with Stella Betts in 1997 and focuses on projects at all scales of urban design, public buildings, houses and housing, workspaces, exhibitions and furniture. The office employs a variety of methods to arrive at innovative solutions that involve incisive observation, interrogate programmatic and site givens and approach building systems as creative opportunities. LEVENBETTS has won several NYC AIA awards (2011, 2008, 2005, 2004, 2003), the Architectural League’s Young Architects Forum and Emerging Voices Awards (2009), Architectural Record’s Design Vanguard (2007) award, I.D. Annual Design Review Award (2004) and been exhibited widely. The work of LEVENBETTS has been published in various design magazines and books, and Princeton Architectural Press published a monograph on the firm’s work in 2008, called Pattern Recognition. David has lectured widely and has an been invited jurors at Columbia, Yale, Princeton, Harvard and University of Pennsylvania. David has served on advisory panels at the Architectural League of New York, committees at the New School, and holds architectural registration in New York and New Jersey.

Lee H. Skolnick, FAIA, is Founder and Design Principal of Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership. He has served on advisory and grant evaluation panels for both the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts, among others. Lee Skolnick sits on the boards of various arts and design organizations, is Chairman of Art Omi: Architecture, and has served on the Editorial Advisory Boards of several design magazines. He is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Leicester in the UK, and is the author of scholarly papers and books, including What Is Exhibition Design? Skolnick has served as an adjunct faculty member at The Cooper Union, New York University and the Bank Street College of Education. His design work has been widely published and has received many awards of excellence, including the “AD 100 Architects” by Architectural Digest and local, state and national AIA Honor Awards.

Art Omi: Architecture Director, architect and urban designer Warren James is based in Manhattan. He is also a guest curator, published author, lecturer and visiting professor. The architecture and planning studio he founded, WAJA+P, has designed both PINTA: Modern and Contemporary Latin American Art and FLUX Art fairs in New York, and worked on exhibitions for The Museum of Modern Art, Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum, Museo del Barrio, Museum of The City of New York, and Museo de Arte de Ponce. As part of a multidisciplinary team the firm worked on the planning and development for the proposed National Latino Museum in Washington, DC. James studied architecture and urban design at Cornell and Columbia. His architectural drawings are in the permanent collection of the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, and Centre Canadien d’Architecture.

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