Art Omi: Architecture 2020


Jeffrey Halstead, Canada/USA
Jeff Halstead teaches at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan. Prior to teaching, Jeff practiced professionally at Gehry Partners LLP in Los Angeles, CA. During his time at Gehry, he worked on two large scale private residences and international competition projects. Jeff received his M.Arch from the Southern California Institute of Architecture where he graduated with distinction, received the Alpha Rho Chi Medal and was awarded the annual SCI-Arc Gehry prize for the best graduate thesis project. He has previously worked for Hernan Diaz Alonso’s Xefirotarch and as a teaching assistant at SCI-Arc. Jeff’s work has been internationally featured and published in print and online for AD Architecture Design Magazine, Architect Magazine, B-1 Magazine, Architecture & Culture Korea, and Designboom. His work has been exhibited in Los Angeles at Woodbury’s Wedge Gallery, A One Night Stand LA, A+D Architecture and Design Museum, and the SCi-Arc Gallery.

Diego Larrain, Chile
Diego Larrain is an architect and constructor from the Chilean countryside. Recently, Larrain has been interested in collective architecture regarding the public realm with a particular interest in environmental impact. Larrain has developed housing projects, public infrastructure, and has participated in collaborations with artists. His practice is based in the self-building possibilities of architecture and the way this can involve communities to actively participate in the process. Theoretically his work explores the repetition and the experimentation with local materials. Larrain’s main interest is the integration of the society though architecture and its forms.

Stephanie Lin, Canada/USA
Stephanie Lin is a designer and educator based in New York and is the founder of Present Forms and Office III. Her work aims to uncover the spatial complexities of materials and geometries such as surface relief, optics, and fuzzy boundaries that can produce new forms of perception and participation. Stephanie is a graduate of UC Berkeley and the Harvard Graduate School of Design and is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor at The Cooper Union School of Architecture. Her work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, Storefront for Art and Architecture, A+D Architecture and Design Museum, and cneai=.

Felipe Orensanz, Argentina/Mexico
Felipe Orensanz is a Mexico City-based architect and urbanist. His writings and projects have been published in journals such as CLOG (New York), MONU (Rotterdam), Displacements (Madrid), Ground Up (Berkeley University), Horizonte (Weimar), LUNCH (University of Virginia), Pidgin (Princeton University), STUDIO (Milan) and Bracket, and in books including Mexibility: We Are in the City, We Cannot Leave (RM + Goethe Institute Mexico), Apuntes sobre la Vivienda social (Arquine + Infonavit), and Apan Laboratory (MOS Architects + Infonavit). In addition, his work has been exhibited at the Museum of the City of New York, The Architectural League N.Y. and the Storefront for Art and Architecture. He won the Alfonso Caso Medal in 2010 and has been a fellow at the HKW (Berlin, 2015), The People’s Forum (New York, 2018) and New School’s Institute for Critical Social Inquiry (New York, 2019).

Elsa Ponce, Mexico/USA
Elsa Ponce is a Mexican architect. She studied architecture and urbanism at the Universidad Iberoamericana, where she received her degree with honors and was awarded the best architecture thesis of the year. Elsa holds a master’s degree in Design Management from Pratt Institute in New York and practices with an emphasis on interdisciplinary work. Elsa has worked at TEN Arquitectos and 2x4, collaborating on residential, cultural, institutional, and exhibition projects in North America and Asia. She works on self-initiated proposals exploring societal and environmental concerns and volunteers as a Co-Managing Director at The Open Architecture Collaborative in New York.

Jeffery Roberson, USA
Jeff Roberson is an educator, practitioner, and co-founder of OFFICE ONTIC, a Brooklyn-based architecture practice that works within the Rationalist tradition. Jeff’s two primary areas of research, as explored through teaching, practice and scholarship, are: (1) the relationship between form and representation, and (2) the relationship between form and ideas. Taken together, these concerns aim towards explaining the sources of architectural form, unveiling reality beyond appearance, and are reflective of a commitment to the radical, emancipatory potential of architecture as conceived through a liberal-arts educational framework.

Camille Sherrod, USA
Camille Sherrod is founding principle of Subterranean Architects in New York and faculty member in the Michael Graves College, School of Public Architecture where she teaches in both the undergraduate and graduate programs in New Jersey, Rome, and China. Camille is a graduate of the Architectural Association in London and holds degrees in Architecture, Urbanism, and Construction Management. Her practice focuses on using a multimedia approach to storytelling through architectural and landscape design, and curates topics related to community engagement, culture, and the built environment. Camille serves on the New York chapter executive board of the National Organization of Minority Architects, which received the 2019 chapter of the year award.

Monica Torres Viera, Puerto Rico/USA (teamed with Norberto Figueroa)
Monica Torres Viera is a Puerto Rican architect based in New York. She holds a BA in environmental design and a MArch from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras campus. Her practice focuses on interior, lighting, and furniture design. She subscribes to a phenomenological approach to architecture, and is interested in exploring the sculptural capabilities of the architectural object. She works as a freelancer collaborating with various architecture and design firms. In recent years she partnered with Norberto Figueroa due to their common interest and complementary practices. Currently, they are developing various medium to small size projects in Puerto Rico, New York, and Africa, in collaboration with local architects.

Norberto Figueroa, Puerto Rico (teamed with Monica Torres)
Norberto Figueroa is a Puerto Rican architect with a BA in Environmental Design and a MArch from the University of Puerto Rico. His approach to design attempts to integrate fluidly and organically the architectural object with its environment - not only physically, but also anthropologically. He has worked on several local and international projects, ranging from small scale interventions to elaborate master plans, with firms like Sin.thesis, Berg Vidal Architecture, and Studio V Architecture. In recent years, he's shifted his focus from the traditional architectural setting to a location independent practice that explores more closely the reciprocal relationship between cultural influences and architectural languages from around the world.

Hans Tursack, USA
Hans Tursack is a designer from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He received a BFA in studio art from the Cooper Union School of Art, and an M.Arch from the Princeton University School of Architecture where he was the recipient of the Underwood Thesis Prize. He has worked in the offices of LEVENBETTS Architects, SAA/Stan Allen Architecture, and Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects. His writing and scholarly work have appeared in Perspecta, Pidgin, Thresholds, Log, Dimensions, Archinect, and the Architects Newspaper. He recently received the Willard A. Oberdick teaching/design fellowship from the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture, A MacDowell Colony Research Fellowship, and with Viola Ago, a University Design Research Fellowship from Exhibit Columbus. He is currently serving as the 2018-2020 Pietro Belluschi Research Fellow at the MIT School of Architecture + Planning.

Critic in Residence

Cathleen McGuigan, Architectural Record/BNP Media
Cathleen McGuigan is editor-in-chief of Architectural Record, the nation’s leading architecture publication for 125 years. Under her leadership, Record has won the Grand Neal award, the top American Business Media award for overall excellence, among numerous other editorial awards.

A former architecture critic and arts editor of Newsweek, McGuigan has a BA from Brown University and was awarded a Loeb Fellowship at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard. She has taught at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and has been a Poynter Fellow at Yale. Besides Newsweek and Record, her articles have appeared in such publications as The New York Times Magazine, Smithsonian, and Rolling Stone. She sits on the board of trustees of the Skyscraper Museum and the Center for Architecture in New York and is on the advisory council of the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation.


Christina de León, Cooper-Hewitt Museum
Christina L. De León is Associate Curator of Latino Design at Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian, Design Museum. From 2010-2016 she was Associate Curator at Americas Society where she worked on exhibitions and publications focused on modern and contemporary Latin American art. She also held previous positions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Cloisters. De León is also a doctoral candidate at the Bard Graduate Center, where her research focuses on the design and decorative arts of the Americas.

Galia Solomonoff, Solomonoff Architecture Studio
Galia Solomonoff is the founding principal of Solomonoff Architecture Studio, a design firm established in Chelsea in 2004. Since its inception, the firm has been dedicated to the integration of contemporary art and architecture. With artist Robert Irwin, Solomonoff and her previous firm, OpenOffice, converted a 1929 Nabisco box-printing factory into Dia:Beacon, a daylight-only minimal art museum in Beacon, New York. Solomonoff currently teaches at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) at Columbia University and lectures on topics of Art, Public Housing and Latin American Architecture. Solomonoff has worked with over 40 artists, designing site specific, multi-media, permanent and temporary art exhibitions. Her architectural practice seeks to make art accessible to all publics. As a member of Studio X and Columbia’s Global Centers, Solomonoff travels regularly with students and engages in discussions of art, architecture and how to further their public democratic mission in the cultural and political sphere. Solomonoff is married to artist Fabian Marcaccio, and lives with her family in New York City.

Allan Wexler, Art Omi: Architecture Program Board
Allan Wexler’s career resists easy classification. In the late1960’s he was an early member of the group of architects and artists who questioned the perceived divide between art and the design disciplines. They called themselves non-architects or paper architects.

He investigates eating, bathing, sitting, and socializing, and turns these everyday activities into ritual and theater

Wexler is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship (2016), is a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, and a winner of both a Chrysler Award for Design Innovation and the Henry J. Leir Prize from the Jewish Museum. He has had numerous national and international solo exhibitions, has lectured on his work internationally, and has been reviewed by major art and architecture publications. Wexler currently teaches at Parsons School of Design in New York City.

Warren James, Director, Art Omi: Architecture
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.

Explore Further