I am an independent designer, artist, and curator based in Vancouver, BC and Seattle, WA
Currently I am developing artistic research practices on environmentalisms, natural histories, and architectural colonialisms in the arctic.
My work in design and theory engages the anexact relationship of architecture with urban complexity, environmental processes, and the politics of space. I am interested in how formal distributions of material structures may inflect symbiotic relationships with site ecology, construction logics, and cultural production. As climate continues to influence contemporary worldviews, global territory and geophysical earth-systems become problematized within architectural discourse and urban theory. To address scales of complexity inherent in these issues I employ novel design approaches to construct architecture’s place in a world full of uncertainty and rapid transformation. My goals are to contribute to the design of public works and cultural institutions, while increasing access to ecologically engaged urban space by integrating spatially exciting physical environments in all projects I am involved in.
I hold a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Michigan where I was a Taubman Scholar from 2012 to 2015. Expertise in teaching and research gives me a technical and multi-disciplinary conceptual range beyond the discipline of architecture, yet constantly informs my ambition to engage with and improve designed environments. During the Winter 2015 Semester I was appointed a Graduate Student Instructor for Arch 315: Sustainable Systems I. In 2014 I was a member of a team that was awarded a graduate Architecture Student Research Grants from the University of Michigan, culminating in an exhibition of design research and fabrication on robotic processing of sand cast aluminum. In the summer of 2013 I was a design researcher in Architecture+Adaptation's INUNDATION2 studio in Bangkok and Jakarta, working on issues of flooding, spatial justice, and urban hypercomplexity.
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