This lecture will highlight ways of practicing through research, activism, design and fabrication.  For each project, questions of public awareness, public space and the policies that shape them become starting points that highlight injustice or discrepancies between intentions and execution.


AGENCY is an interdisciplinary practice engaging contemporary culture through architecture, urbanism, and advocacy, directed by Ersela Kripa and Stephen Mueller. Their projects range from media environments and material assemblies, to guerrilla infrastructures, architectural projects, and speculative urban research. Seeking productive anomalies in the overlooked, the under-represented, and the everyday, the practice identifies, synthesizes, and transforms emerging urban paradigms. AGENCY’s upcoming book, entitled FRONTS: Security and the Developing World, will be published in 2017 by ORO Editions.

Partners Ersela Kripa and Stephen Mueller are the recipients of the 2010-2011 Rome Prize in Architecture from the American Academy in Rome, and are fellows of The MacDowell Colony and the New York Foundation for the Arts. Kripa and Mueller were identified recently as Emerging Talent by ARCHITECT Magazine. AGENCY’s work has been exhibited internationally, through invited participation at the Venice Biennale, Storefront for Art and Architecture, the Hong Kong-Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale on Architecture and Urbanism, Sofia Architecture Week, Eme3 International Architectural Market in Barcelona, and others.

AGENCY recently moved to the US-Mexico border, where it is actively working on pressing bi-national issues.



We are located between Harwood and St. Paul on the Woodall Rodgers westbound service road. Parking will be available in the garage under the building after 5:30pm.  Parking is also available in the surface level lot behind the former credit union accessible from Harwood Street in the spaces marked "Reserved DCFA". The parking garage at 17Seventeen McKinney is a short walk and is free for the first hour and a nominal charge thereafter.

Dart Train: A short walk from Victory Station and St. Paul Station. Visit for more information.

MAC Trolley: Take M-Line Trolley. Visit for more information.