GSAPP Incubator at NEW INC

Fri, Nov 3    1pm

GSAPP Incubator at NEW INC

Current and former members of the GSAPP Incubator discuss the work that they have undertaken within the school's initiative to support recent alumni developing experimental new work. Functioning as a platform for entrepreneurship and expanded modes of practice, the GSAPP Incubator located at NEW INC is a launch pad for new ideas and projects about architecture, culture, and the city.

Liz McEnaney '04 MSHP, Executive Director, SS Columbia Project
Alejandra Navarrete '11 MSAAD, Curator
QSPACE '16 M.Arch
Bika Rebek '15 MSCCCP, Principal, Studio SibilaSoon, and Adjunct Assistant Professor, GSAPP

In conversation with
Amale Andraos, Dean, Columbia GSAPP
David Benjamin, Assistant Professor and Director, GSAPP Incubator
Karen Wong, Deputy Director, New Museum, and Adjunct Professor, GSAPP


Liz McEnaney is an architectural historian and preservationist who works with not-for-profit organizations, foundations and private corporations to curate exhibitions and spearhead large-scale projects focused on urban issues. Her projects range in location from the Hudson River to the Red Fort in New Delhi, India to Maputo, Mozambique. She has collaborated with institutions and clients including the Kress Foundation, the World Monuments Fund, the Leon Levy Foundation, the Museum of the City of New York, the Hudson River Foundation, Cultural Resource Conservation Initiative, and Pentagram Design. She was a co-founder of BLDG BLOK, a collaborative of artists, historians and programmers focusing on urban history. Prior to this she was the Executive Director of the James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation and worked for artist Maya Lin’s What is Missing? Foundation. McEnaney is an Adjunct Professor at NYU's Tandon School of Engineering. She earned an MS in Historic Preservation from Columbia University, and graduated from Wellesley College.

QSPACE makes questions of gender and sexuality visible to a field that has traditionally subverted such questions. In the absence of a centralized voice, QSPACE is a hub for students, professionals, and academics to connect and collaborate. QSPACE produces research and outputs on topics such as gender inclusive bathroom design, LGBTQ homelessness and housing, and queer histories in architecture. QSPACE is a platform for research projects by students and professionals working on queerness in the built environment. We push for organized action through exhibitions, publications, digital archiving, design guidelines, and events on queer topics. QSPACE was born out of Queer Students of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (QSAPP), an LGBTQ group from Columbia University.

Bika Rebek’s work at the GSAPP Incubator questions the relationship between museums and technology using the Incubator as a testing ground for collaborative models between institutional structures and communities engaged in the research of novel digital technique. Projects range from streamlining exhibition design processes to fostering discourse and publishing on the use and display of computing in museum practice. She is an architect practicing within heterogeneous formats–as an integral part of her work performances, installations and writing act as catalysts for open ended thinking about architectural production. She is an adjunct assistant professor at Columbia GSAPP and a principal at Studio SibilaSoon. Her work has been featured in the New York Times and Fast Company and her writing published in The Architect’s Newspaper, Bartlett’s Lobby magazine, and the Estonian architectural newspaper Maja. Rebek has worked at The Met as an Exhibition Designer with special focus on the Met Breuer. Previously she has worked for Asymptote Architecture in New York as well as a number of architecture offices internationally.

Free and open to the public.
Organized by Columbia GSAPP.