LIMINAL PRACTICES

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.

PRESENTERS:

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 Romeand 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.

Ersela Kripa

Ersela is the recipient of the Founders Rome Prize in Architecture from the American Academy in Rome. She is a board member of SUPERFRONT, a not-for-profit organization for architectural experimentation and creative interdisciplinary exchange. Ersela is currently an Assistant Professor at Texas Tech University El Paso College of Architecture.

Ersela has taught in graduate and undergraduate university programs across the United States and abroad, and has been an invited guest critic at several leading universities, including Columbia University in the City of New York, Washington University in St. Louis, Pratt Institute, City College of New York, Cornell University, University of Waterloo, Tulane University, and the University of Kansas, among others.

Prior to founding AGENCY, Ersela held leadership positions in internationally renowned offices, designing and managing projects through all stages of design and construction, investigating and implementing innovative use of materials and sustainable construction methods in the generation of several award-winning projects.

Ersela holds a Bachelor of Architecture with honors from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University, where she was the recipient of the Kinne Travel Fellowship for sponsored research in architecture and urbanism

Stephen Mueller

Stephen is the recipient of the Founders Rome Prize in Architecture from the American Academy in Rome and recognized as one of ARCHITECT Magazine’s Emerging Talents in 2011.

Prior to founding AGENCY, Stephen held leadership positions in internationally renowned offices, designing and managing projects through all stages of design and construction, investigating and implementing innovative design technologies in the generation, exploration, and representation of several award-winning projects.

Stephen is currently an Instructor at Texas Tech University El Paso College of Architecture. Stephen has taught a variety of subjects in graduate and undergraduate university programs across the United States and abroad, and has been an invited guest critic at several leading universities and university programs, including Columbia University, Rice University, Pratt Institute, Cal Poly, NYU, Washington University, and Tulane, among others.

Stephen holds a Bachelor of Architecture with Distinction from the University of Kansas, and a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University, where he was the recipient of the Lucille Smyser Lowenfish Memorial Prize for best design solution in final semester studio, and a Kinne Travel Fellowship for sponsored research in architecture and urbanism.

 

Parking at the DCFA:  We are located between Harwood and St. Paul on the Woodall Rodgers westbound service road. Parking is available in the surface level lot behind the former credit union accessible from Harwood Street. 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 www.dart.org for more information.

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