HouMinn Evolution, Please join us Monday April 27 at 6 p.m. in the auditorium for a presentation by Marc Swackhamer (University of Minnesota) and Blair Satterfield (University of British Columbia) on the occasion of the opening of an exhibition of the work of their firm, HouMinn.
For nearly two decades, HouMinn Practice has explored an alternative approach to design agency. HouMinn's founding partners Marc Swackhamer and Blair Satterfield purposely decentralize design control in every project. They believe that by allowing outside experts and forces to influence their work, they foster contextual suitability, project diversity, and novelty.
In their early work, outside agency comes from multi-disciplinary collaborators who contribute new ways of considering each project and push the work in unexpected and sometimes uncomfortable directions. HouMinn has collaborated with experts from such varied disciplines as computer science, engineering, material science, biology, digital media art, graphic design, product design, apparel design, and crowd sourcing. In this latter category, HouMinn designed open infrastructural systems to accommodate a wide range of crowd-sourced building skins, technological systems, and material finishes. Critics lauded the results for their innovation and willingness to challenge the logic of conventional team organization and construction techniques.
Most recently, HouMinn has been exploring how material behavior can unpredictably contribute to the formal characteristics of a building surface. By removing the limits manufacturing control imposes on the organic behaviors of materials, HouMinn allows the internal logic of materials to have as much influence on the design as the architects themselves.
In all three modalities, Satterfield and Swackhamer place themselves behind-the-scenes, engaging their work as front-end strategists rather than conventional designers who exert their authorial will. They believe that this way of working is more sympathetic to an ethic of connectivity in the built environment. In all its projects HouMinn seeks generate diverse, multi-disciplinary teams, shaped to specifically address messy problems in completely new and unanticipated ways.
Assistant Professor Wendy Meguro and coastal geologist Rob Walker co-presented, "Evaluating Nature-based Infrastructure for Coastal Resiliency on Oahu, Hawaii" at the April 2015 National Association of Environmental Professionals annual conference.
Assistant Professor Lauren Mitchell, Ph.D. has contributed a peer-reviewed book chapter entitled "Orlando, Florida's Ubiquitous Libidinal Boxes" to the recently published trans-disciplinary Parlor Press book Florida, (edited by Jeff Rice; Parlor Press, 2015). Among the notable contributors, Gregory Ulmer, Sid Dobrin and Charlie Hailey are also featured within Florida.
Billie Faircloth, AIA, partner, KieranTimberlake Architects, Philadelphia, will present the firm's recent design research on Monday, March 16, at 6 p.m., in the school auditorium, room 205. Prior to joining KieranTimberlake as its first director of research, Ms. Faircloth was an assistant professor at the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture, where she taught studios exploring applications for conventional and emerging material technologies and conducted seminars on emerging construction and fabrication technologies. Her articles have been published by the Journal of Architectural Education, Princeton Architectural Press, Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, and ACADIA. Her book Plastics Now: On Architecture's Relationship to a Continuously Emerging Material, is forthcoming from Routledge in Spring 2015. She lectures internationally to academic and industry audiences, including the Australian Institute of Architects, University of Nottingham, University of Washington, Harvard University, and the University of Texas at Austin. She holds degrees in architecture from North Carolina State University and Harvard.
Associate Professor Judith Stilgenbauer, ASLA will present a blind peer-reviewed paper titled "Designing for the Inevitable // Amphibious Honolulu Waterfronts" in the Urban Design track of the March 2015 Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) annual academic conference.
Assistant professor Lauren Mitchell, Ph.D. to Speak at National Convention:
Mitchell will be presenting her research as part of a panel entitled "Cultural Politics of Space: From Swamps to Sprawl," this March at The Conference on College Composition and Communication.
Assistant Professor Sara Jensen Carr, Ph.D. be part of a panel on Design + Health at the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) conference in Toronto, March 19-21
Assistant Professor Sara Jensen Carr, Ph.D. presents two papers at the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) conference at Kansas State University, March 24-27
Recently, Associate Professor Judith Stilgenbauer's invited, peer-reviewed book chapter "Processcapes: Dynamic Placemaking" appeared in Routledge's new book Now Urbanism: the Future City is Here (edited by Jeffrey Hou, Benjamin Spencer, Thaisa Way, Ken Yocom; Routledge, 2015).
Recently, Assistant Professor Sara Jensen Carr, Ph.D. co-authored a paper for Preventive Medicine titled, Moving toward implementation: The potential for accountable care organizations and private–public partnerships to advance active neighborhood design.
Professor Martin Despang has received his 6th national ACSA Faculty Design Award recognition since 2007, this year for his "Academic Kindergarten" to be received at the 103rd Annual ACSA Meeting in Toronto