Liz Ogbu, Founder and Principal of Studio O, San Franciso, USA
Residency August – October, 2016
Liz is a designer, urbanist and social innovator, and she also has expertise on disruptive innovation in challenged urban environments. From designing shelters for immigrant day labourers in the U.S. to a water and health social enterprise for low-income Kenyans, she has long worked with communities in need to leverage the power of design to deliver social impact. In addition to being the founder of Studio O, Liz is on faculty at UC Berkeley and Stanford Design School. Some of her honors include Public Interest Design’s Top 100, 2014 Aspen Ideas Scholar, and Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council. She earned her architecture degrees from Wellesley College and Harvard University.
During her residency, Ms Ogbu explored a topic that has been of fundamental interest to her practice: how tactical urbanism can be leveraged as a community development tool with marginalised populations.
Liz Ogbu’s past lectures include: TEDx MidAtlantic, Washington, DC | October 25, 2013
Read Liz’ final report on her residency HERE.
Clockwise from top: Youth Engagement 2, Cookstove Prototyping, Circus Envelopead, SmartLife Prototype
Juhani Pallasmaa – Architect SAFA, HonFAIA, IntFRIBA, Professor of Architecture Emeritus
Residency March – May, 2016
Renowned Finnish architect and architectural philosopher, Juhani Pallasmaa arrived in Australia in early February to take up his 12 week architect residency.
A former juror for the Pritzker Architecture Prize and jury member for the extension of Sydney Modern, Pallasmaa will present a series of lectures around the country beginning at the Sydney Opera House on 23 February.
Juhani Pallasmaa is highly regarded worldwide for not only his architectural works but his contributions through lectures, seminars, books, exhibitions and philosophical reflections.
Pallasmaa has practised architecture since the early 1960s, establishing his own office in 1983. In addition to architectural design, he has been active in urban, exhibition, product and graphic design.
An Emeritus Professor, he has taught and lectured widely in Europe, North and South America, Australia, Africa and Asia and has published books and numerous essays on the philosophy and critique of architecture and the arts in over thirty languages.
Nick Wood – Re-imagining the awning in the urban experience of Sydney’s inner-city districts
Founder and director of How About Studio, London, Nick Wood works internationally on projects ranging from event based installations, to furniture and permanent buildings. He has worked with large cultural institutions and international arts festivals to create a diverse portfolio of high quality interventions.
Nick’s project investigated of the role of the awning in heightening the sense of place and collective social experience of the Sydney “street”, focusing on an inclusive design process that placed ‘making’ at its heart.
He created objects and models that explored the role of making in design conversations. He was seen ushering his orange trolley about the streets and engaging passers by in informal discussions abut his research process.
The residency concluded in November with an “on-site celebration” at the campus of University of New South Wales Art & Design.
His final presentation provided an opportunity to exhibit research, share processes and methodologies and survey local responses on a prototype that was built with the help of students, and displayed on the University of New South Wales Paddington campus.
For those who missed the presentation and would like to know more, you can still follow Nick’s residency project at theawningproject.tumblr.com. The project will also be captured in a short documentary, filmed by a volunteer young filmmaker, and will soon be available online.
NORD Architects – Morten Rask Gregersen and Johannes Molander Pedersen
The 2015 Droga residency commenced in February 2015 with the arrival of Morten Rask Gregersen and Johannes Molander Pedersen of NORD Architects, Copenhagen.
NORD had previously visited Sydney in October 2013 as guest speakers and exhibitors at the celebrations for the 40th anniversary of the Sydney Opera House.
Since they founded NORD in 2002 the partners have received wide acclaim for their work as practising architects, urbanists, academics, exhibitors, lecturers and public debaters.
Their work includes public institutions such as the award winning Copenhagen Centre for Health and Cancer, Kids’ City Daycare in Copenhagen, the Natural Science Centre in Bejerringbro and a new Maritime Education Centre in Malmoe, Sweden. Their architecture and urban design practice embraces participation and co-creation and is committed to developing new institutions that interact with civil society, public and private sectors and contribute to a future welfare architecture.
Johannes Pedersen and Morten Gregersen shared the residency across a designated 12 week period. Their overall working theme was ‘Collective Impact” – how architecture can be a collaborative platform between different stakeholders. Their program included teaching – each presenting a four-day postgraduate intensive student workshop at UTS (Sydney). A major component of the residency was a self-initiated ‘research by design’ project where they investigated how public institutions, programs and infrastructure could be a possible driver for urban development and the involvement of stakeholders in the Bays Precinct in Sydney.
NORD also presented public, sold out lectures in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
Project Images (Left to Right):
House of Natural Science (1 & 2)
Health Care Centre for Cancer Patients
House of Natural Science (Interior)
Dr Carmen Fiol-Costa
Dr Carmen Fiol-Costa, the inaugural AIA Droga Architect in Residence, arrived in Sydney on 1st March 2014 to take up residency at the Droga apartment for 12 weeks.
Carmen is an architect, urban designer and co-founder of the practice ARRIOLA & FIOL, Barcelona. A prominent academic and architectural theorist, she directed the research for her influential book Barcelona Periferia Cubista and earned a Doctor Europeus from Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya in 2007 with the new book Grids and Diagonals.
Carmen studied at ETSAB and at Columbia University and received the William Kinne Fellowship. Always involved in education, in parallel to running her own practice, she has taught at Harvard, Leuven, IUAV, UNICA, as well as ETSAB.
Carmen also participated in URBAN CIVIC PROJECTS for the City of Liverpool, which provided the framework for her Residency project. In this she also collaborated with the City of Liverpool, NSW Government Architect, and the University of Sydney.
Project Images: Parc Central De Nou Barris Barcelona 2007
Photography courtesy of Beat Marugg
While in residence, Rotterdam-based architect Mechthild Stuhlmacher looked to develop case studies around the theme: healing architecture, and the relationship between architecture and landscape.
Mechthild researched the relationship between inside and outside, buildings and context, architecture and landscape, specifically within the context of care-related programs, which may be a key to the design of well working, ‘healthy’ buildings for care and education-related programs.
Mechthild was guest critic at a series of workshops to postgraduate architecture students at University of New South Wales. Alec Tzannes was also her host practitioner while she in Australia.
While in Australia, she researched widely, meeting architects, and developing a series of case studies which were inspired from conversations, and from Australian examples and projects. Mechthild also collaborated with the Benevolent Society on a project relating (broadly) to early childhood intervention and development. We anticipate that this will result in a case study that will be of significant and enduring value for the community.
Mechthild Stuhlmacher was born in Germany. She studied music and architecture in Germany and the Netherlands, graduated in 1992 and worked at various offices in the Netherlands and the UK from 1992 such as Mecanoo, Zeinstra vd Pol, Maccreanor Lavington and David Chipperfiels architects. From many years she has been a member of the editorial team of the magazine OASE and of the editorial team of the architecture yearbook of Flanders and has since been involved in various other publication projects. She teaches architectural design at Delft University of Technology at the chair Interiors Buildings Cities and has been regularly invited for lectures and workshops in the Netherlands and abroad. Since 2010 she is a member of the Welstandscommissie in Rotterdam, is member of the architect’s initiative Agenda Rotterdam and of the recently established architect’s platform Rotterdam, organised by the Rotterdam Architecture Institute AIR and the municipality of Rotterdam.