18 May 2018
Columbia GSAPP is pleased to announce the results of two faculty searches in architecture. The first focused on identifying practitioners who engage design research and building to open up new possibilities for the future of architecture and who will continue to re-invent the school’s Master in Architecture and Advanced Architectural Design programs. The second focused on cementing the strength and increasing the leadership of the Critical, Curatorial, and Conceptual Practices (CCCP) in Architecture program.
In the Master of Architecture program, Ziad Jamaleddine will be appointed Assistant Professor, tenure-track, and Anna Puigjaner will be appointed Associate Professor of Professional Practice. Andrés Jaque, who already took on the directorship of the Advanced Architectural Design program in the Summer 2018 semester, will also be appointed Associate Professor of Professional Practice. In the CCCP program, Mark Wasiuta will be appointed Lecturer in Architecture. Each one of them has demonstrated incredible leadership in their unique approach to hybridizing practice and design research as well as in their uncompromising dedication to teaching the next generation of architects and thinkers.
Ziad Jamaleddine is the co-founder and partner of L.E.FT Architects based in Brooklyn and Beirut. He has been Adjunct Assistant Professor at GSAPP since 2014, teaching Advanced Architecture and Urban Design Studios, seminars in the History & Theory sequence, and summer workshops. He is a practitioner and scholar with a particular research focus on architecture in the Middle East—rigorously interrogating topics such as religious architecture and religiosity in public space, affordable housing in conservative societies, urbanism and infrastructure in relation to water resources and scarcity, and the question of reconstruction in post-war cities. His writings have been published in Climates: Architecture and the Planetary Imaginary (Columbia Books on Architecture and the City, 2016), After Belonging (Lars Müller Publishers, 2016), and The Arab City: Architecture and Representation (Columbia Books on Architecture and the City, 2016). His historical research on the architectural typology of the mosque was presented at the Oslo Architecture Triennial (2016) and at Studio-X Istanbul (2017). Among the built projects by L.E.FT is the award-winning Amir Shakib Arslan Mosque in Moukhtara, Lebanon (2017), the Beirut Exhibition Center (2011), and a new residential development in Saudi Arabia, currently under construction.
Anna Puigjaner unites theory and practice by combining academic, research, and editorial work with the professional activity of MAIO, an architectural office co-founded in Barcelona in 2012. MAIO collaborates with artists and practitioners from outside the field and has a particular interest in developing new models of collective housing. Recent projects include “110 Rooms”—a 22-unit innovative housing block in Barcelona—and a series of exhibition designs for the Milan Furniture Fair and the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art, among others. Puigjaner was a Visiting Scholar at GSAPP in 2011 and 2013; she has also been a frequent juror on the school’s reviews, has lectured on her work, and participated in GSAPP’s 2017 “Constructing Practice” conference. Anna Puigjaner received Harvard GSD’s Wheelwright Prize in 2016 and was nominated as a finalist in the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Initiative. She has previously taught at the Royal College of Art and the Barcelona School of Architecture. As an editor, she has run the magazine Quaderns d’Arquitectura i Urbanisme for the past six years. Her ongoing research and writing on the “Kitchenless City” has been published in different forms, including in The Quantified Home (Lars Müller Publishers, 2014) and Together! The New Architecture of the Collective (Ruby Press, 2017).
Andrés Jaque is the founder of the Office for Political Innovation and the new Director of the Advanced Architectural Design program. He has been teaching at GSAPP since 2013. Jaque’s work reframes architecture to challenge its conventions and assumptions, and engages the urgent issues of our time through built work and publications as much as through performance and teaching. The Office for Political Innovation won the 2015 MoMA PS1 Young Architects competition, among many others, and their built work includes the Plasencia Clergy House, the Escaravox, Cosmo, and the House in Never Never Land. His project IKEA Disobedients is the first architectural performance to be acquired by the Museum of Modern Art; Superpowers of Ten has been performed over the course of several years at international biennials and museums around the world; and Phantom. Mies as Rendered Society was installed at the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion, Barcelona, in 2012. Andrés is the recipient of a Silver Lion for Best Research Project at the 14th Venice Biennale; the Dionisio Hernández Gil Award; the London Design Museum’s Designs of the Year Selection; and the 10th Kiesler Prize for Architecture and the Arts, Vienna; among others. This year he formed part of the curatorial team of Manifesta 12, the European Biennial of Contemporary Art in Palermo.
Mark Wasiuta is a trained architect and architectural historian and theorist, who has been Adjunct Assistant Professor at GSAPP since 2005 and co-director of the CCCP program since 2012. He teaches Core and Advanced Architecture Studios as well as seminars in the History & Theory sequence and the CCCP Colloquium. As Director of Exhibitions from 2005 to 2016, Wasiuta positioned GSAPP’s Arthur Ross Architecture Gallery as the venue for historical and archival exhibitions—some of which traveled to external venues including LAX-Art, the Graham Foundation, the 2015 Chicago Architecture Biennale, and the 2016 Istanbul Design Biennial, among others. He also led the research initiative Collecting Architecture Territories, which spanned across seminars, design studios, exhibitions, symposia, and publications. Mark is currently a Fellow at the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. He is co-editor and co-author of Dan Graham’s New Jersey (Lars Müller Publishers, 2011), and has contributed to Imminent Commons (Seoul Architecture Biennale, 2017), Are We Human (Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts, 2016), Exhibiting Architecture: A Paradox? (Yale School of Architecture, 2015), and numerous other publications.