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Lectures

Saturday, January 16
6:30 pm

Graphics Project Workshop Day 1

6:30 pm Flat, Deep, and in Between
Jonathan Jackson, Co-Founder, We Should Do It All

7:45 pm When Attitudes Become Form
JiEun Rim, Associate Design Director, 2x4

Sunday, January 17
6:30 pm

Graphics Project Workshop Day 2

6:30 pm Pivoting from Print to Pixel
Michael McDowell, ‘20 M.Arch, Winner of the Evans Simpson ’88 M.ARCH Prize for Excellence in Design, Portfolio

Andrew Keung, '20 M.Arch Winner of the Charles McKim Prize for Excellence in Design / Saul Kaplan Traveling Fellowship, Portfolio

7:45 pm Studio in my Bedroom, Camera in my Pocket
Joshua Jordan, Director, Making Studio
This smartphone photography workshop is a sequel to the previous photography workshop led by Jordan, Model-journalism: Making and Photography for DSLR Cameras.

Portfolio Reviews

Reviews will be done in a small group breakout setting, details to be announced.
Review FAQ

What is a portfolio review?
It is a chance to show and discuss your portfolio — as a presentation tool, as a narrative device, as a graphic document, as a cohesive compilation of works — with designers that have all gone through the process of compiling their own bodies of work and presenting them in various forms.

What should I expect?
Reviewers can offer editorial, technical and visual advice on your academic portfolios. They will not advise on how to get a job or what an employer is looking for. Our concern is to help you conceptually and visually think through the task of presenting ideas.

Can anyone sign up?
Only if you’re graduating in 2021 from the M.Arch, MS.AAD and MS.AUD programs. You submit your files ahead of time. Spots may be limited.

How much time do I have?
Each group (of 4 students) will have 50 minutes to briefly present and receive feedback. How the 50 minutes are spent is up to the reviewers and the group.

What should I bring?
Bring PDFs of your WIP portfolios (as well as relevant reference materials if you wish). Export them for ideal viewing on screen. Technical requirements TBA.

When should I show up?
A meeting schedule will be posted once your portfolio PDFs are received, and Zoom links will be shared. Please be on time. If you don’t show up at your given time, you will forfeit your slot.

Saturday, January 23

PM Sessions
Session 1: 6–6.50 pm
Session 2: 7–7.50 pm
Session 3: 8–8.50 pm

Lindsey Wikstrom
Lindsey is an architectural designer, researcher, and educator based in New York, her practice explores architecture that exposes the distance between people and material flows, inviting new forms of living, perception and access. As a Project Designer with a number of architecture offices, Lindsey contributed to award-winning large scale urban projects in New York, Toronto, Phoenix, Miami, and Brasilia. She is currently a contributing member of The Living and the non-profit organization Who Builds Your Architecture? She founded a fabrication and product design company in 2012 and received the SOM Prize in 2016 to catalog collective life using immersive reality capture. Lindsey holds a Master of Architecture from Columbia University GSAPP, graduating with the Charles McKim Prize for Excellence in Design.

Alicia Ajayi
Alicia Ajayi explores the layered complexity of people, place, and power. Trained as an architect, researcher, and writer, her work engages the narratives that create the spaces we inhabit. After receiving a dual masters in architecture and social work from Washington University in St. Louis, Alicia worked as an associate designer at MASS Design Group. There, she was a member of the design team for the ground-breaking Memorial to Peace and Justice in Montogomery, AL, a site dedicated to the racial terror and lynching throughout US history. Alicia works with community development corporations, private developers, and nonprofits to create visions of spaces that reflect their mission and goals for positive change. Currently, Alicia lives and works in NYC as a designer, researcher, and consultant. She is also the project manager at BlackSpace Urbanist Collective.

Miku Dixit
Miku is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia GSAPP and founding partner of Kamara Projects, an architecture practice based in Kathmandu and Brooklyn. Recently completed and ongoing projects in Nepal include an early childhood education center, an athletic pavilion, an ecological center and a camera obscura installation. Miku’s research examines connections between landscape and deep history, particularly in the Global South. Miku holds a Master of Architecture degree from Princeton University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Amherst College in English Literature. His writing has been published in Log Journal for Architecture. Prior to founding his own practice, he worked at Adjaye Associates in New York.

Violet Whitney
Violet is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia GSAPP where she teaches urban data analytics and tangible computing courses. She founded the Generative Design product where she applies her background in architecture and spatial data as a Senior Product Manager. Violet co-leads Architechies NYC an organization which brings together architects and technologists to break down silos, create opportunities, and generate a critical conversation about the future of urban tech. Violet spent her career in spatial simulation and technology in architecture, engineering, and construction. From computational design software that automates the fabrication of complex forms, life cycle-costing tools, and urban scale prediction from real-time sources like social media, her research focuses on how technology shapes the design process and urban experience.

Sunday, January 24

AM Sessions
Session 4: 9–9.50 am
Session 5: 10–10.50 am
Session 6: 11–11.50 am

Lexi Tsien
Lexi is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia GSAPP. She is founding principal of Soft-Firm, based in Brooklyn. Her work takes a playful approach to visual perception, elemental forms, and program. She has taught design studios and representation courses at the Yale School of Architecture, The Cooper Union, Parsons The New School, and Rhode Island School of Design. Before coming to GSAPP, she worked in the offices of Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Bernard Tschumi Architects, and Barkow Leibinger in Berlin. Lexi earned her M.Arch from the Yale School of Architecture and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Visual Arts from Columbia University.

Bika Rebek
Bika is a partner at Some Place Studio (SPS), a New York City-and Vienna-based architecture practice. Rebek’s work as an architect, educator, and curator is defined by an expansive interest in contemporary issues through the lens of architectural discourse and technology. Her work has been covered in Domus, Metropolis Magazine, PIN-UP, The Guardian, The Architect’s Newspaper, and Architektur Aktuell among others.

Celeste Layne
Celeste is an urban planner by training — software engineer by profession having previously worked at Paddle8 and Knotel. As an educator, Celeste has developed curricula for General Assembly’s Software Engineering Immersive. Currently, she leads courses in public interest technology and programming for spatial practices as an adjunct associate professor in the Architecture Department at Columbia GSAPP. The work she does there feeds her practice. Recently, Celeste joined the team at Dark Laboratory as one of the Lab Theoreticians. Dark Laboratory is a collective at the intersection of scholarship, artistic praxis, storytelling, and non-profit local community-driven engagement that centers and Black and Indigenous histories and futures in New York State by way of its land. She is also on the team at AWSM, an impact-oriented, venture development organization focused on empowering diverse founders & investors designing startups for the future. Celeste is in her second year as a Dedicated Mentor at NEW INC, an incubator for people working at the intersection of art, design and technology, in the Hybrid Practice track.

Graphics Project is organized by Yoonjai Choi, Common Name