A discussion about contemporary architecture with Jeffrey Kipnis, Marcelo Spina, and Michael Speaks.
David Erdman was the principal of servo's Los Angeles office before establishing davidclovers in 2007 with Clover Lee. In 2009 the firm moved to Hong Kong immersing the practice into an actively maturing Southeast Asian design culture. Recognized as an emerging international practice, davidclovers is committed to developing innovative work that merges their design sensibility, material and computational expertise with the intellectual and physical resources of Hong Kong, the Pearl River Delta and China. Their work is a unique blending of urban design, architecture, interiors and product design. This is evident in their housing proposal for the greater Beijing Arts District (selected for construction) and Lunar House, the first application of Corian exterior cladding in the US, designed in collaborations with DuPont China. They have lectured widely and been published in most major architectural journals and news papers. Their work has been exhibited in many cities and institutions including the Center Pompidou, MOMA, SF MOMA and the Venice, Hong Kong, Beijing and Korean International Biennales.
Jeffrey Kipnis' work has shaped the thinking, imagination and creative work of architects and critics for more than two decades. From seminal studies of the work of such key practitioners as Philip Johnson, Peter Eisenman, Rem Koolhaas and Daniel Libeskind, to theoretical reflections on the intellectual, cultural and political role of contemporary architecture in such essays as Toward a New Architecture, Twisting the Separatrix and Political Space I, to his award-winning film on the work of Frank Gehry, to exhibitions on architectural drawing and design, Kipnis has brought a restless, generous and provocative originality to bear on the issues that have defined contemporary architecture. He is currently a Professor of Architecture in the Knowlton School of Architecture, Ohio State University
Marcelo Spina is the founder and co-principal, with Georgina Huljich, of Patterns, a design research architectural practice based in Los Angeles known for its inventive approach to architecture, fusing advanced computation techniques with an extended understanding of form, tectonics and material. Spina joined SCI-Arc in 2001, and has since taught design studios and technical courses and served as the school's Applied Studies coordinator. Spina's work has received numerous prizes and awards including the third prize in the Young Architect of the year Award in 2003 and first prizes in the competitions for the new SCI-Arc Cafe and the Vertical Garden at the Schindler House in West Hollywood. Spina joined SCI-Arc in 2001, and has since taught design studios and technical courses and served as the school's Applied Studies coordinator. He is currently the Sutherland Visiting Professor of Landscape Design at the University of Kentucky College of Design.
Michael Speaks is Dean of the College of Design and Professor of Architecture at the University of Kentucky. Former Director of the Graduate Program at the Southern California Institute of Architecture in Los Angeles, Speaks has also taught in the graphic design department at the Yale School of Art, and in the architecture schools at Harvard University, Columbia University, The University of Michigan, UCLA, Art Center College of Design, and the Berlage Institute and TU Delft, in the Netherlands. Speaks is a founding editor of the cultural journal Polygraph, and is former Senior editor at Any in New York, where he also edited the book series, 'Writing Architecture,' published by MIT Press. In addition, Speaks served for many years on the editorial advisory board of a+u and is currently a contributing editor for Architectural Record.