Art Omi: Architecture 2022


Ryan Tyler Martinez is an architectural designer, curator, painter, and educator based in Los Angeles. He is a faculty member at USC School of Architecture. He has taught internationally in India, China, and the United States and has held faculty positions at UC Berkeley, SCI-Arc, and Woodbury School of Architecture. Before teaching, Martinez worked for Gehry Partners, LLP. He was the director of the Wedge Gallery from 2018-2021, part of the Guest Curator Program at the A+D Museum in Los Angeles, and the co-founder and chief curator of a One-Night Stand for Art & Architecture.

Daniel Luis Martinez is an architectural designer, educator, and co-founder of LAA Office: a multi-disciplinary design studio and think-tank that explores the intersection of landscape, art, and architecture. His research and creative work investigates the transformation of undervalued sites through a synthesis of public art and public space design. He is currently an assistant professor at Indiana University’s J. Irwin Miller Architecture Program and is a faculty affiliate of the Center for Rural Engagement. He was named an Exhibit Columbus University Design Research Fellow in 2019 and was the recipient of an AIA Henry Adams Medal in 2012. Daniel has worked at leading architectural firms, including Allied Works and Weiss/Manfredi, and his writing has been published in notable architectural journals, including MAS Context, San Rocco, and CLOG.

Hyojin Kwon is a lecturer in architecture and research associate at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, teaching and researching the reciprocal relationship of digital media and physical artifacts to perception, representation, and materialization. More recently, she held the Irving Innovation Fellowship at the GSD. In the context of post-digital, her recent research, teaching, and projects have focused on how digital media alters the internal working methods of the design fields but also larger cultural conditions. Kwon founded the design practice Pre- and Post-, and has completed installation projects for the Museum of Brisbane in Australia, Tokyo Designers Week in Japan, and Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture in Korea.

Liz Gálvez is Mexican-American. She is a registered architect, directs Office e.g., and teaches as a visiting critic at the Rice School of Architecture. She received a Master of Architecture from Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a concentration in history, theory, and criticism of architecture and a bachelor’s degree in architectural and philosophical studies from Arizona State University. Her work focuses on the interface between architecture, theory, and environmentalism through an examination of building technologies. In 2021, she was awarded the Architectural League Prize.

Zahra Safaverdi is an architecture practitioner and educator. With her ongoing design research, she looks for ways to use architecture as a proxy for collective cultural memories, to bring distant and varied points in history and geography to close proximity, and spatialize human forces at often unperceivable scale. Zahra is the recipient of the AIA design award, Harvard Graduate School of Design’s James Templeton Kelley thesis prize, and Cal Poly’s thesis prize and president’s medal. She has been a Dean's Merit Scholar at Harvard University, an Irving Innovation Fellow at Harvard GSD, and a Schidlowski Fellow at KSU. Recipient of numerous grants, her work has been exhibited in Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Cambridge, Kent, London, Madrid, and Locarno.

Roberto Núñez is the principal of Estudio Núñez-Zapata, an architecture studio based in Monterrey, Mexico. Since 2009, Roberto has designed award winning private residences, art installations, master plans, exhibitions, and public spaces such as sports venues, cultural centers, and community centers for local and state governments. His work has been exhibited at the Mexican Pavilion of the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2016 and 2021, the National Architecture Museum in Mexico City, and at the UIA2021Rio Contemporary Latin American exhibition. His project, Casa Ocho Vigas was a finalist for the Oscar Niemeyer Latin American Architecture Award.

Nina Cooke John is the founding principal of Studio Cooke John Architecture and Design, a multidisciplinary design studio that values placemaking as a way to transform relationships between people and the built environment. Studio Cooke John was recently selected to design the Harriet Tubman Monument in Newark, NJ. The studio was awarded a 2021 AIA Merit Award for the public art installation, Point of Action, commissioned for the Flatiron public plaza in 2020 and currently on view at the Wassaic Project. Nina was named a 2022 United States Artists Fellow. Her work has also been featured in Architectural Record, Madame Architect, the Center for Architecture’s 2018 exhibition, Close to the Edge: The Birth of Hip-Hop Architecture and PBS NewsHour Weekend.

Nina earned her Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell University and a Masters in Architecture from Columbia University. She now teaches at Columbia University.

Leticia Pardo is a Mexican-American architect and artist whose practice lies in the boundaries between architecture, research, and art. She has focused most of her career on designing exhibitions, working at diverse cultural institutions such as the Art Institute of Chicago, where she is currently the creative director of Exhibition Design. Through her individual work, Leticia explores matters about migration, placemaking, and citizenship across borders, and how these manifest visually in architecture and in the city. Her project “Greetings from Chicagoacán” documents neighborhoods in which Mexican communities have established in Chicago, depicting different aspects about immigrants’ ways of placemaking within the (segregated) city.

Mariana Meneguetti, Rio de Janeiro (1989), is an architect based in Rio de Janeiro. Brazil. She co-founded Entre, a collective of architects with whom she researches architecture and its urban transformations through verbal reports, having co-authored the publication 8 Reactions for Afterwards, Rio Books (2019) and Entre Interviews with Architects, Vianna and Mosley (2013). She participated in “Walls of Air,” the Brazilian Pavilion for the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale, the X São Paulo Architecture Biennial, and the XIII Buenos Aires Architecture Biennial. Through an interdisciplinary approach, she maintains an ambivalent practice between research and building.

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