Hansy Better Barraza
Lori Brown
Yolande Daniels
Natalie Jeremijenko
Linda Taalman
Lola Sheppard
Juliette Spertus
Georgeen Theodore

Hansy Better Barraza, Associate Professor of Architecture, Rhode Island School of Design, was born in Barranquilla, Colombia and received a B. Arch. from Cornell University and a M. Arch. in Urban Design from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. In 2011, she cofounded BR-A-CE: Building Research – Architecture –Community Exchange, a 501c3 non-profit corporation dedicated to creating new community spaces.  She serves on the editorial board of the Critical Productive Journal and has been a Visiting Critic at Cornell University, Lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Northeastern University.  Studio Luz Architects, the firm she cofounded with Anthony Piermarini, has been featured in major national and international exhibits and publications.

The Big Hammock (photo by John Horner Photography)

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Lori Brown has developed a creative practice focusing on the relationships between architecture and social justice issues, with particular emphasis on gender and its impact upon spatial relationships.  Two projects she has been working on include a recently completed renovation of a local women’s shelter and the design for a roaming bus providing general medical care for central and western New York. Her recent books include Feminist Practices:  Interdisciplinary Approaches to Women in Architecture, an edited collection of a group of international women designers and architects employing feminist methodologies in their practices (Ashgate 2011) and Contested Spaces: Abortion Clinics, Women’s Shelters and Hospitals exploring highly securitized spaces and the impact of legislation and the First Amendment’s affect upon such places to be published by Ashgate this November 2012.  She received a Bachelor of Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Master of Architecture from Princeton University. She teaches at Syracuse University and is a registered architect in the state of New York.

Feminist Practices: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Women in Architecture

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Yolande Daniels is a founding design principal of studioSUMO. studioSUMO has been the recipient of various awards including: Emerging Voices, Design Vanguard and Young Architects Forum, as well as, the recipient of grants such as New York State Council on the Arts and New York Foundation for the Arts. Yolande Daniels received architecture degrees from Columbia University and City College, CUNY and has taught architecture at various universities including the Graduate Schools of Architecture at Columbia University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  She was a recipient of the Rome Prize in Architecture from the American Academy in Rome, received a travel grant from the NY chapter of the American Institute of Architects and fellowships at the Mac Dowell Colony and the Independent Study Program of the Whitney American Museum of Art where she was a Helena Rubinstein fellow in Critical Studies.


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Named one of the Most Influential Women in Technology 2011 and one of the inaugural Top Young Innovators by MIT Technology Review,Natalie Jerimijenko directs the Environmental Health Clinic at NYU, where she is an Associate Professor in the Visual Art Department and affiliated with the Computer Science Department and Environmental Studies program.  Previously she was on the Visual Arts faculty at UCSD, Faculty of Engineering at Yale University, a visiting professor at Royal College of Art in London, and a Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Public Understanding of Science at Michigan State University. Her degrees are in biochemistry, engineering, neuroscience, and History and Philosophy of Science. Jeremijenko was included in the 2006 Whitney Biennial of American Art, also in 1997, as well as the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Triennial 2006-7. In 2010, Neuberger Museum produced a retrospective exhibition surveying recent work, entitled Connected Environments; in addition to a solo exhibition entitled X in November, 2010 at the University of Technology Sydney. Other recent exhibitions include: “Alter Nature: Designing Nature – Designing Human Life – Owning Life” at Z33 in Hasselt; “EXPOSED: Voyeurism, Surveillance, and the Camera Since 1870” at SFMOMA/TATE Modern; “Certified Copy” at the Verbeke Foundation; “Eat Me!” at Postmasters Gallery in New York; and “(Re)designing Nature” at Künstlerhaus Wien. Currently on view:  Civic Action, an exhibition of urban plans, at Socrates Sculpture Park.

Farmacy (photo by inhabiten)

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Linda Taalman currently directs Taalman Koch Architecture based in Los Angeles, which has completed a number of award winning projects including the itHouse (AIA LA Merit Award 2008, Sunset Western Home Awards 2009- Best Small Space), the Small Skyscraper (LEF Fund) and Stabiae Archeological Park (ASLA Scraper Award). Taalman explores architecture collaboratively through investigations into building technologies and systems, integrating sustainability, practicality and ingenuity. She has lectured on her practice at the Architecture League in New York, the Aspen Institute, California College of the Arts, Columbia University, Dwell on Design, the Sculpture Center, Yale University, and ARTFORUM Berlin. Her work has been exhibited widely throughout the world at MOMA, MAK, Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, Art Basel, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, and the Vitra Design Museum.Taalman is Assistant Professor of Architecture focusing on Building Technology at Woodbury University. She earned a BArch in Architecture from the Cooper Union. Shortly after graduating she founded OpenOffice arts + architecture collaborative with Alan Koch in New York. Under this banner Taalman was partner in charge for the Dia: Beacon museum (AIA NY Merit Award 2006) and a series of collaborative arts endeavors including Trespassing : Houses x Artists (NEA grant 2002).

Clearlake itHouse (photo by Undine Prohl)

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Lola Sheppard is an architect and educator based in Toronto. She received her B.Arch from McGill University and her M.Arch from Harvard Graduate School of Design. She is currently Associate Professor at the University of Waterloo, School of Architecture in Canada. She is a founding partner of Lateral Office (2003) with Mason White, a firm dedicated to the productive overlap of architecture, landscape, infrastructure and urbanism. She is also a co-director of InfraNet Lab, a research laboratory dedicated to probing the spatial by-products of contemporary resource logistics (2008). Her work examines the production of ‘fourth natures’ – landscapes and ecologies that exist as mutant conditions of technological enhancement She has pursuing ongoing design research entitled Next North: Infrastructures for a Shifting Terrain, which examines infrastructures’ capacity to sustain local ecosystems and cultures in the Canadian North. Lola is co-editor of Bracket [goes Soft] and Bracket [at Extremes] (2011). Lateral Office was awarded the Pamphlet Architecture no. 30, published by Princeton Architectural Press (2011), the Emerging Voices Award from the Architectural League of New York (2011), and the Canadian Prix de Rome (2010).

Urban Design Competition for Klaksvík City Center

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Juliette Spertusis an architect and curator based in New York City. In her work she explores the relationship between architecture, infrastructure, and public space. In 2010, she organized the exhibit “Fast Trash: Roosevelt Island’s Pneumatic Tubes and the Future of Cities,” archived at fasttrash.org. She presented her Roosevelt Island research at the L’Infraville colloquium at L’INSA Paris-Malaquais in Paris. Currently, she is co-project manager of two New York State-funded feasibility studies exploring the costs and benefits of retrofitting existing neighborhoods with underground waste handling systems—studies which grew out of the Fast Trashexhibit. She has a B.A. in art history from Williams College and an architecture degree (DPLG) from l’Ecole d’Architecture de la Ville et des Territoires à Marne-la-Vallée, near Paris.

Fast Trash

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Georgeen Theodore is an architect, urban designer, and Associate Professor at New Jersey Institute of Technology’s College of Architecture and Design, where she is the Director of the Infrastructure Planning program. She received a Bachelor of Architecture from Rice University and a Master of Architecture in Urban Design from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, where she graduated with distinction. Theodore is founding partner and principal of Interboro, a New York City-based architecture and planning research office. Since its founding in 2002, Interboro has worked with a variety of public, private, and not-for-profit clients, and has accumulated many awards for its innovative projects, including the Museum of Modern Art PS1’s Young Architects Program (2011), the Architectural League’s Emerging Voices Award (2011) and Young Architects Award (2005), and the AIA New York Chapter’s 2006 New Practices Award.

Holding Pattern

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