Art Omi: Architecture 2018


Bárbara Barreda, Chile
Bárbara Barreda is an architect and holds a Master's Degree in Architecture from the Architectural Association. Her architectural research is focused on the design of innovative geometries using unconventional and sustainable construction materials. Her main interest is to create expressive complex systems from generative and systemic logics but manufactured with low technology.

After collaborating with architectural offices in Santiago and London (working on projects for Chile, Mexico, USA, Europe and Asia), Bárbara co-founded BASE studio, an architectural systems design research platform. Currently, besides leading BASE, she is part of the board of directors at Ciudad Emergente, a tactical urbanism laboratory. Also, she is an architectural design professor at UDD and Diego Portales Universities teaching courses focused on complex geometries, materiality and generative design. In 2017, Bárbara and her studio BASE were finalists at YAP_Constructo, from the MoMA ́s Young Architects Program.

Christopher Berg, USA
Christopher Berg is an architect and partner at Berg + Moss Architects, based in Beacon, New York. Berg received his Bachelors of Architecture at Syracuse University (1993) and his Masters at the Architectural Association, London (1995). He explores his architectural work through several avenues of mixed media and has exhibited in New York and Europe. He serves on the Board of Common Ground Farm, a non-profit that advocates for food justice and farm-based education.

Doel Fresse, Puerto Rico
Doel Fresse is an architectural and industrial designer currently based in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Architecture from the University of Puerto Rico in 2000 and completed his Master's Degree in Architecture at Parson's School of Design in 2003. From 2004 to 201, Fresse worked on architecture projects from studios in New York, Mexico City and San Juan, gaining significant experience in design at different scales and contexts. In 2012 he founded Doel Fresse | Design Studio, from which he developed self-initiated projects exploring Caribbean aesthetics while blurring the lines between art, architecture and industrial design. In 2014 he co-founded Tropical Works, a design-build company specialized on urban furniture and architectural products.

In 2015 Fresse won First Prize at The Future of Shade international design competition, with a proposal for a fabric envelope for buildings with curtain walls in the Caribbean. In 2016 he received the Premio Urbe award from his peers, a distinction for his practice in the architectural realm in Puerto Rico. Fresse's work has been showcased in international design events like Wanted Design, NYC, and the Ibero-American Design Biennial in Madrid. He currently teaches at the Industrial Design Department of the School of Plastic Arts in San Juan and regularly participates as guest critic and lecturer at architecture and industrial design schools in Puerto Rico and abroad.

Mitsue Kido, Chile/Japan
Mitsue Kido is a Chilean architect, graduated from Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. After worked in architecture, she started her own design studio. Since 2012 she is dedicated to making installations, objects and products made related with Japanese traditions. The significance behind responds to a personal interest in her Japanese heritage, an aesthetic related and in the interpretation of a tradition putting in a different context.

Jesús López, Mexico
Jesús López was born in Mexico in 1983.
 He graduated from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico (UNAM) in 2009. With a Bachelor of Architecture Jesús began travelling and engaging with artistic communities across the USA, including in cities such as Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, and Boston. In 2011, back in Mexico City, he established ATEA - an Independent Art Space which investigates and promotes multidisciplinary artistic practices and cultural community development with architects and artists across the globe. One aspect of his practice is designing architectural projects as a part of DEA (Diseño Exterior y Arquitectura) firm where he became partner in 2013, the other is the art and the design of bicycles through his brand Básica Studio. Jesús ́ work has been featured in many journals and magazines including Domus and Art in America. In 2013, he was invited to the 5th edition of the Bi City Biennale in Shenzhen China. As well as developing his personal practice as an artist and architect, he delivers workshops and design courses in different universities in Mexico and the USA. Jesús focuses his practice on 4 principal topics: Cities, Architecture, Bicycles and Art through which he develops diverse design strategies and approaches to architecture and its relation to the city.

Gregory Melitonov, USA
Gregory Melitonov is a partner of Taller KEN. Founded in 2013 with Ines Guzman, Taller KEN is a New York and Guatemala based architecture practice focused on playful design with social and cultural relevance. Works of the studio have been widely published and range from mixed-use development, commercial and residential projects, to exhibition and installation design.

The firm recently received the New York, New Practices Award from the AIA, which "recognizes and promotes new, innovative and emerging architecture firms" and was recently named as a 'firm to watch' by Architecture Record and Architizer.

Gregory previously worked for Pritzker Prize laureate Renzo Piano as part of the design team for the Whitney Museum of American Art and the headquarters building for the High Line park in New York City.

Jennifer Newsom and Tom Carruthers, USA
Dream The Combine is the creative practice of architects and artists Jennifer Newsom and Tom Carruthers, based in Minneapolis, MN. Partners in work and life, we create site-specific installations exploring metaphor, imaginary environments, and perceptual uncertainties that cast doubt on our known understanding of the world.

Our work is deeply collaborative, and our studio name speaks to this process. Working with engineer Clayton Binkley and a trusted group of fabricators, we investigate the conceptual overlaps in art, architecture, and cultural theory through structures that disrupt assumed dichotomies and manipulate the boundary between real and illusory space. We are intrigued by forgotten places, sites of transportation, and unpredictable audiences. We consistently seek out spaces on the margins in our work.

Our projects have been featured in The New York Times, Huffington Post, Vancouver Sun, FoxNews, Metropolis Magazine, Modern Midwest, The Architects Newspaper, and Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African-American Experience. Most recently, we are finalists in the 2018 Young Architects Program at MoMA PS1, recipients of the second annual Architect-in-Residence fellowship at Art Omi in Ghent, NY, and winners of a project grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board for an upcoming project, titled Barricade.

Maurice Pefura, France/Italy
Maurice Pefura lives and works in Milano. His work has been exhibited in several solo and group shows around the world, including: Afrique Capitales, La Villette, Paris, France (2017); The White Hunter, FM Centro per lʼarte contemporanea, Milan, Italy; The City in the Blue Daylight Dakar Biennal 2016, Dakar, Senegal; Heaven, Hell, Purgatory. The Divine Comedy from the perspective of contemporary African Artists, MMK Museum, Frankfurt, Germany (2014); Smithsonian Museum, Washington D.C, USA (2015); Nos Voyages immobile, Skoto Gallery, New York, USA (2015).

Jason Vigneri-Beane, USA
Jason Vigneri-Beane is an architect and industrial designer as well as a faculty member of the Graduate Architecture and Urban Design program at Pratt Institute where he coordinates the MS ARCH degree and has taught a variety of courses including theory seminars, design studios, media courses and the Graduate Architecture and Urban Design in Rome program. Jason is the Founding Principal of Split Studio and was a Founding Partner of Planetary ONE. Both of these Brooklyn-based practices are interested in multi-disciplinary approaches to design with a concentration on working across scales and media that include graphics, video, industrial design, architecture, urbanism and ecology. His individual and collaborative projects include architectural robots, information-harvesting drones, jacked structures, amphibious buildings, future cities, swarming infrastructures, prefabricated landscapes, cyborg ecologies and near-future scenarios. His recent publications include projects for aquatic settlements and robotic infrastructures as well as texts on sci-fi design, floating buildings and swarming tectonic systems. He has taught, lectured and exhibited in North America, Europe and Asia and recently received Pratt Institute’s Distinguished Teacher Award, the Instituest teaching honor.

Guest Architecture Critic

Julie V. Iovine is the architecture critic for The Wall Street Journal. From 2007 – 2012, she was executive editor of The Architect's Newspaper, an award-winning newspaper and web source cherished by the profession. Iovine spent over a decade at The New York Times writing on design and architecture. Her books include New York in Fifty Design Icons (Octopus Publishing/London Design Museum, 2015); Civic Action (The Noguchi Museum, 2012); Modern Americana with Todd Merrrill, (Rizzoli, 2008); Louis I. Kahn’s Esherick House (Wright, 2008); Michael Graves: Compact Design Portfolio (Chronicle Books, 2002); Guggenheim: New York/Bilbao (Princeton Architectural Press).


Stella Betts is a partner at LEVENBETTS, an award winning New York City–based architecture practice. LEVENBETTS was founded by David Leven and Stella Betts in 1997. Betts received her bachelor of arts from Connecticut College and her master of architecture from Harvard GSD. She has taught at Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation; Parsons The New School for Design; The Cooper Union; and Syracuse University School of Architecture. Betts currently serves on the board of the Architectural League of New York.

LEVENBETTS's work has been recognized nationally and internationally through awards, exhibitions, and publications. The office has won eight New York City AIA awards, two New York State AIA Awards, six Society of American Registered Architects Awards, and three International Podium Awards, most notably for its renovation of the third floor of the historic Sibley Hall at Cornell University's College of Art, Architecture, and Planning. The office is currently working on three branch libraries for the Brooklyn Public Library, the renovation of Weill Hall at Cornell University, and several single family houses in upstate New York.

Beatrice Galilee is a British curator, writer, critic, consultant and lecturer of contemporary art, architecture and design who has made her mark on both sides of the Atlantic. In 2014, she was appointed Daniel Brodsky Associate Curator of Architecture and Design at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.  In her short time at The Met she has curated site-specific installations by Cornelia Parker, Wolfgang Tillmans and Adrian Villar Rojas, as well as building the museum’s collection of architectural objects, photographs and films and initiating major new public programs. Before The Met, Galilee was Chief Curator of the 2013 Lisbon Architecture Triennale, co-curator at 2011 Gwangju Design Biennale and co-curator of the 2009 Shenzhen Hong Kong Biennale of Architecture.  She founded The Gopher Hole, an exhibition space in London; has worked as a writer and editor for international architecture and art magazines and was associate lecturer at London’s Central St Martins School of Art and Desgin. She was a nominator in the 2018−2019 Rolex Arts Initiative.

Meta Brunzema is an architect/urban designer and educator who develops cutting-edge approaches to spatial, environmental and socio-political challenges at the scale of buildings, cities, and territories. She is the principal of Meta Brunzema Architect P.C. and a member of the Collective for Community, Culture and Environment LLC, a women-owned consultancy and professional network that focuses on urban planning, architecture, landscape architecture and urban design, environmental sustainability, economic and community development, public art and placemaking, energy and public health. Ms. Brunzema is an Adjunct Assistant Professor and the Departmental Sustainability Coordinator of the Graduate Architecture and Urban Design Program at Pratt.

Art Omi: Architecture Program Director Warren James is an architect and urban designer 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. Photo Credit: Mónica Felix.

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