Art Omi: Architecture 2021


Angel Beale (Puerto Rico / USA) is a licensed architect, product designer, and amateur programmer from Puerto Rico. He studied Industrial Design at the Rhode Island School of Design and earned a Master’s Degree from the Yale School of Architecture. Operating in both San Juan and New York, his studio explores the physical scale of building enclosure by looking at the production scale of manufacturing in order to make lightweight structures that can be assembled by one person, without tools, from parts that can be mass produced. His professional experience is multifaceted and includes environmental branding for IBM, enclosure engineering for Buro Happold, and structural packaging for Budweiser.

Miguel Braceli (Venezuela / USA) is a multidisciplinary artist working at the intersection between art, architecture and education. His practice is focused on participatory projects in public space, exploring notions of borders, national identities and social-political conflicts. Most of these projects have been large scale works, developed in Latin America, Europe, and the United States. His most recent recognitions include Future Architecture Fellow, Young Artist Award of the Principality of Asturias, and AICA International Artist award. Braceli holds a MSc in Architecture from the Central University of Venezuela and a MFA from Maryland Institute college of Arts. He has led educational projects with institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art New York (MoMA), Matadero Madrid, the Embassy of United States and the Embassy of Spain in Venezuela. He has been a visiting professor in Umeå University and University of North Carolina. He is currently a Fulbright Scholar working and living in New York.

Debbie Chen (USA) is a licensed architect and educator based in New York. Her work explores issues of scale, urban systems, and infrastructure where design overlaps with extra-disciplinary fields such as civic utilities, material flows, and economic policy. Her projects attempt to leverage the power of architecture to render these otherwise invisible yet wide-reaching forces palpable, expanding our understanding of (and relationship to) the built environment. Her work is equally interested in exploring the formal and phenomenal potentials of systems design. A 1st Prize Holcim Awards Next Generation recipient and a former Project Architect at Morphosis, Ms. Chen is currently researching the spatial futures of renewable energy and carbon neutrality.

Aaron Jones (USA) is a registered architect working in Detroit, MI. Aaron runs an experimental architecture studio concerned primarily with the research and development of media structures. This work often results in pop-up theaters, performance art installations, and entertainment portals which are in collaboration with leading creative professionals and organizations around the world. The studio looks at the opportunities between content and infrastructure especially as they reveal and expand audience types.

Erika Loana (Mexico) is a multi-disciplinary architect, her explorations begin from the idea of emptiness, ruin and abandoned places and how to rescue them to rebuild and rethink the cities. She specialized as an exhibition designer and worked in some cultural centers and museums as Museo Jumex in addition to carrying out architectural projects as Master Plan Conservation of the Jardin Borda Cultural Center. She was invited to participate in collective shows as “Measure” at Storefront Art and Architecture N.Y., “Overworld” interconnection between Japan and Mexico, and “Landscapes of Care” by Future Architecture Platform. Now she’s developing MATERIA PRIMA, a critical research project born from the association between landscape and the extraction of materials from the subsoil to transform them into architecture and study a Master in Conservation of Cultural Heritage.

Ryan Ludwig (USA) is an architect, educator, and writer. His work explores how architecture can engender “co-productive” relations between the built environment, human-beings, and diverse ecologies living in the Anthropocene, an increasingly volatile and unpredictable landscape of certain change. Ludwig is a graduate of Cornell and the Harvard Graduate School of Design and is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Cincinnati. He is a 2018 MacDowell fellowship recipient and an active member of The-Architecture-Lobby where he is the co-coordinator of the Green New Deal working group. Ludwig is also the author of the book Beyond Sustainable: Architecture’s Evolving Environments of Habitation (Routledge 2021), and a co-editor of the book The Function of Form (Actar 2009, 2020).

Jieun Yang (South Korea / USA) is the founding principal of Habitat Workshop, an award-winning architecture and urban design practice based in Brooklyn, NY. Habitat Workshop creates spaces, objects, and interactions that activate human connections, build resiliency, and reveal the intrinsic value of a place. With projects ranging from arts and civic spaces to homes and interiors, the practice promotes design as an accessible framework for positive changes by exploring the extraordinary potential in the ordinary. Recent awards and honors include AN Best of Design, NYCxDESIGN Awards, Interior Design’s Best in Design, and Women in Design. As the Stewardson Keefe LeBrun Grant and SOM Prize recipient, her research explores comparative studies on urban infrastructure and housing models across continents. Jieun holds a B.A. in architecture from Yale University and an M.Arch from Columbia University GSAPP. She teaches at New York City College of Technology (CUNY) and Parsons the New School for Design. IG: @habitatwksp


Ashley Mendelsohn is an architecture curator, educator, and multidisciplinary designer focused on strengthening communities through design by demystifying the barriers to access and understanding. She previously held positions at the Guggenheim Museum in Curatorial, Exhibition Design and Visitor Experience. During her tenure, she supported the organization and design of Guggenheim Helsinki Now (2015), Åzone Futures Market (2015), Architecture Effects (2018) and Countryside, The Future (2020). Mendelsohn represented the museum during the final stages of the Frank Lloyd Wright buildings UNESCO World Heritage designation process and played a pivotal creative role as the featured voice in the 99% Invisible-produced building audio guide. She holds a master’s degree in design studies from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and a bachelor of architecture from Cornell University, and has taught at both universities. Mendelsohn serves on the advisory boards of Madame Architect, a platform celebrating women in architecture, and Impact Wrkshp, an organization that builds community through design advocacy.

After graduating with a Bachelors degree in Architecture from Cambridge University, Michael Regan came to the US to study for a Masters degree in Architecture at Princeton University. He has since lived and worked in New York City as a licensed architect, gaining considerable experience of a broad range of project types from design through construction. He worked for 10 years at Polshek Partnership on complex institutional buildings and is currently Senior Project Architect at Garrison Architects in Brooklyn, specializing in modular energy efficient projects from single houses to affordable housing and hotels. A part time resident of Columbia County, Michael has served for several years on the Board of Architecture Omi, keen to advance its mission as an international forum for young practitioners to express their ideas. Michael has also taught design studios and been a guest critic at Harvard, Columbia, Pratt Institute, Parsons School of Design, and NY Institute of Technology. This year he is honoured to have been asked to help select the successful candidates for the 2021 Architecture Omi residency program.

Jane Stageberg holds a Masters Degree in Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design and a Masters Degree in Music from Boston University. Prior to establishing Bade Stageberg Cox in 2006, Jane worked at such notable firms as David Brody Bond, Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects and Gluckman Mayner Architects. With her partners, Jane has developed BSC into an award-winning practice committed to design excellence, and has been lead architect for a wide range of projects including new construction, renovations and adaptive reuse. She is a member of the New York AIA Chapter, and serves on the programming committee of ArtTable, a professional association of women in arts management. Having led the renovation of the National Academy Museum + School, Jane joined the Academy’s Board of Directors in 2019.

Jane has taught in the graduate architecture programs at Parsons School of Design and Cornell University, and has served as guest juror at Columbia University, CUNY’s Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture, Pratt Institute, New York Institute of Technology, Syracuse University, Yale University, and University of Texas at Austin.

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