Art Omi: Architecture 2019


Charlotte Algie, USA
Charlotte Algie is a designer and principal of NNNY, a creative practice based in New York City. She holds a BArch from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, and a MArch II from Yale University and has taught design studios and seminars on history/theory at both of schools institutions as well as at the UdK Berlin University of the Arts. At Yale, she was a H.I.Feldman Prize Nominee and winner of the 2015 KPF Travelling Fellowship for research in East Africa. She edits Perspecta 52, the Yale Architectural Journal.

Sarosh Anklesaria, India/USA
Sarosh Anklesaria runs an independent design practice based in New York and Ahmedabad. He is currently a Visiting Critic at Cornell University’s Department of Architecture and has taught at Pratt Institute and Syracuse University. He has worked extensively as an architect with Diller Scofidio + Renfro, New York City, Herzog & de Meuron, Basel, and Sangath, the office of Balkrishna Doshi in Ahmedabad. His writing, work and research has been published in a variety of media including The Architectural Review, Domus, Architect’s Newspaper, and Design Today among others.

Amira Baraka, Egypt
Amira Baraka is a multi-disciplinary designer currently based in Cairo, Egypt. Amira’s study has involved Architecture and Interior Design. In 2016, she has received her MA in Interior and Spatial Design from Chelsea College of Arts, University of the Arts London, after receiving her Bachelor degree from the Department of Architecture, Ain Shams University in 2010. A unique focus on analysis, mapping and visualization has been experienced during her master’s degree study. With her passion to have a project with a socio-spatial agenda her research concern has been about “Thresholds and boundaries” observing how boundaries affect human behavior and the spatial experience as well. Amira has a great interest in public and installation art which is aligned with her concern of architecture as a social intervention. This interest has driven an exploration and participation in making art Installations for various causes during her master’s degree study. Through her own practice, she aspires to create spaces and art that we can relate to and that help us see our worlds from new perspectives.

Chris Cornelius, USA
Chris Cornelius focuses his work on rendering visible indigenous culture. A citizen of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, Corneilius is the founding principal of studio:indigenous, a design and consulting practice serving indigenous clients. Chris is an Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Cornelius received a Master of Architecture from The University of Virginia. Chris is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the inaugural J. Irwin and Xenia S. Miller Prize. Chris’ work has been exhibited widely, including the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale.

Matei Denes, Romania/USA
Matei Denes works at the intersection of architecture, culture, and building, who endeavors to bring together the practical, poetic, physical, and political through a wide practice of architecture. Working with his partner, William Haskas, they run three practices; OD Office, an design build studio looking at ways to maximize design and agency within and beyond traditional client projects; plusFarm, an experimental material and spatial design practice that runs design build workshops with students to produce full scale prototypes, and Access for the Arts, a non-profit that runs the Adams, a new cultural space housed in an old church in Western New York.

Alicia Escamilla, México
Alicia Escamilla is a Mexican architect and artist. She received a BArch from BUAP, and a MA in Landscape Architecture by the UAM Azcapotzalco. She completed her doctorate studies in Urban Studies with a thesis on soundscapes in public spaces. Her professional practice is focused on the exploration of problems about the space, landscape and city through artistic platforms such as installation art, conceptual art, audiovisual, drawing, and sound art. Escamilla has taught and lectured at universities including as UAM, UNAM, UDLA and Iberoamericana. In 2018, she founded AMA (Arquitectura Multidisciplinar Atelier), a study that operates in synergy with philosophy, design and art to produce rhetoric, poiesis and praxis of architectural and landscape phenomenal projects.

Mauro Gil-Fournier, Spain
Mauro Gil-Fournier Esquerra is co-director of the research based office Vivero de Iniciativas Ciudadanas. VIC works in a radical inclusion of the multilateral and collaborative process in the architectural and urban fields. His work is focused on the progress of architecture, city and territory from urban co-production and citizen innovation. His work has been exhibited in international forums such as the Venice Architecture Biennale (2018, Oslo Architecture Triennale (2016), and others. Gil-Fournier has lectured and written extensively, with publications in digital magazines as The Living City, The Mental State, Cadena Ser, and El Pais.

Aviva Rubin, USA
Aviva Rubin works in multiple realms of architecture, including design, curation, education, and research. In all of her work, she aims to merge the social and the architectural. Her most recent work as an exhibition designer at the Guggenheim Museum included designing exhibitions such as Giacometti, Hilma af Klint, and many more. Previously, Rubin practiced architecture at Lynch/Eisinger/Design, and worked in curation at SFMOMA. She sits on the advisory board of the Octavia Project, teaching girls and non-binary youth STEAM principles through the subject of science fiction. She is a registered architect in the state of New York.

Felipe Sepúlveda, Chile
Felipe Sepúlveda is a Chilean architect with a MA in Architecture and Urbanism from the Architectural Association, London, UK. He co-founded BASE studio, a design research platform that explores non-conventional geometrical, material, and spatial formulations. BASE studio was finalist at the 2017 YAP_Constructo competition for the MoMA’s Young Architects Program in Santiago, Chile; and most recently they have been awarded Honorable Mention as part of the Young Architects in Latin America competition and exhibition at the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale, 2018. Sepúlveda is also a professor and researcher at Universidad del Desarrollo’s Architecture Faculty in Santiago, Chile; and Co-director of the International Architectural Association's Visiting School Program.

Johan Voordouw, The Netherlands/Canada

Johan is an assistant professor at the Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. He has worked in a number of professional offices in the Netherlands, Canada, and England. His most notable office was Foster + Partners where he worked on projects in Malaysia and China. Voordouw, with a team of academic and professional collaborators, has recently been shortlisted to curate the Canada Pavilion at the 2020 Venice Architecture Biennale. His previous work has been extensively published and exhibited including: Magazin Gallery Vienna (2018), the Academy of Fine Art, Vienna (2015), International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (2014), and others.

Guest Architecture Critic

Justin Davidson is the author of Magnetic City: A Walking Companion to New York, which paints a portrait of the city through its architecture, history, literature, art, music, and urbanism. He has been the architecture and classical music critic at New York magazine since 2007, writing about a broad range of urban, civic, and design issues. Before that, he spent twelve years as classical music critic at Newsday, where he also wrote about architecture and other cultural issues, ranging from gun ownership to television. He won a Pulitzer Prize for criticism in 2002.

A native of Rome, Davidson graduated from Harvard and later earned a doctoral degree in music composition at Columbia. His TED Talk has been viewed more than 1.5 million times. He has appeared frequently on WNYC and NPR and written for many publications, including The New Yorker, Smithsonian, New York Times Book Review, Slate, Los Angeles Times, Departures, Condé Nast Traveler, W, Pursuits, and Travel and Leisure. Davidson has taught at Columbia University, the School of Visual Arts, and the Goldring Arts Journalism Program of Syracuse University.


Jing Liu cofounded SO–IL with Florian Idenburg in 2008, emphasizing mission-driven cultural projects as an integral part of the urban fabric. Through building practice and interdisciplinary research projects, Liu has led SO–IL to explore new fabrication methods — as in the Kukje gallery and CTF Museum — and engage with the sociopolitical issues of contemporary cities — in projects like the Artists Loft North Omaha and Frieze Art Fair. Her perspective extends outside the conventional architectural platform, with artist collaborations including Janaina Tschape and Kota Yamada; curatorial partnership at the London Design Museum, the Guggenheim, and Canadian Center for Architecture; and book projects such as Solid Objectives: Order, Edge, Aura published by Lars Müller.

A native of China, Liu received her education in China, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Liu is Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at Columbia University, and has been a frequent lecturer and visiting chair at academic institutions around the world.

Liu extends her interest in the future of cities as an active board member of the Van Alen Institute, a New York City nonprofit that applies design research to the most pressing social, cultural, and ecological challenges of tomorrow.

Juliet Kinchin joined MoMA in 2008 as Curator of Modern Design in the Department of Architecture and Design, where she organized the 2012 exhibition Century of the Child: Growing by Design 1900-2000 (2012), and other exhibitions including 'What Was Good Design? MoMA's Message 1939-55 (2009), Counter Space: Design and the Modern Kitchen (2010), Designing Modern Women 1900-2000 (2013), Making Music Modern: Design for Ear and Eye (2015), How Should We Live? Propositions for the Modern Interior (2016). She has held faculty positions at the Glasgow School of Art, the Bard Graduate Center in New York, and the University of Glasgow, Scotland, where she was the Founding Director of the graduate program in Design History. She holds MA degrees from Cambridge University, and the University of London, and a DLitt from the University of Glasgow.

Educated and trained as an architect, John Cleater received his masters from Columbia University. He worked with Asymptote Architecture, off and on, from 1989 – 2003 where he led projects for clients such as the Guggenheim Museum, Venice Biennale 2000, Documenta XI, NYSE, and others. Cleater is also a founding member of The Builders Association, with whom he has created designs for the stage since 1994; From Master Builder to House/Divided. Most recently he designed the augmented reality layer to their newest project Elements of OZ.

After being introduced to Augmented Reality in the fall of 2010, his AR work has been shown at Screen City Biennial 2017 Norway, Corcoran Gallery 31 in DC, ICA Boston, Venice Biennale 2011, Devotion Gallery, NY, Kasa Gallery in Istanbul, Turkey, DUMBO Arts Festival 2011, FACT UK, Singapore Biennale and others. In the summer of 2011, Cleater curated and participated in a geo-locative AR exhibition in the Architecture Fields at Art Omi in Ghent, NY. Participants of this exhibition included such architects as Libeskind Studio, SHoP, Asymptote, Acconci Studio and other high profile New York studios. In 2015 Cleater created four AR apps available on the Apple app store including Elements of Oz, Olana, Widow Jane Mine and AR Tornado.

Cleater shows his drawings, sculpture, and photomontages at Thompson Giroux Gallery in Chatham, NY.

Architect, urban designer, and Art Omi: Architecture Program Director 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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