TSOA Lecture Series

LANZA Atelier

LANZA Atelier - 7 Years

The architecture studio LANZA Atelier was founded by Isabel Abascal and Alessandro Arienzo and is based in Mexico City and Madrid. LANZA understands the architectural project as a constantly fluctuating process which is subject to various forces, and as a malleable element.

This upcoming Spring lecture and workshop at TSOA presents an overhaul of LANZA’s work, aims, challenges and experiences from their foundation in 2015. Participants in the workshop will observe and draw trees and other types of vegetation in and around Arcosanti. The workshop will result in a printed Guide to the Trees at Arcosanti.


Thursday 3/31
4:30pm – Sunset, Trees Workshop Part I
Various locations; meet at Arcosanti Red Room

Friday 4/1
1:30pm – 4:30pm, Trees Workshop Part II
Various locations; meet at Arcosanti Red Room

7:30pm Lecture
Arcosanti Red Room (Follow signs from the Visitors Center)

All events are open to the public. An RSVP is required.

13555 S Cross L Rd
Mayer, AZ 86333

In-person RSVP — lectures@tsoa.edu
Attendees must be masked

Streaming — tsoa.edu/lecture-series

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Watch the recorded lecture here.

Previously in the TSOA Lecture Series

RAD/PED (Expanded Discourse)

March 4th, Joseph Becker, Associate Curator of Architecture and Design at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, conducted a workshop on radical pedagogy, exploring new ideas while engaging histories of aberrant modes of teaching, learning, and making.

Participants tested multiple formats and techniques of RAD/PED including flying an Aerocene tetra sculpture by artist Tomás Saraceno during this interactive and collectively driven workshop.

Joseph Becker is a curator, writer, and educator in San Francisco. He is the Associate Curator of Architecture and Design at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, where his curatorial approach focuses on creating an access point to tools, ideas, and issues surrounding the intersection of design and art, and the shifts between conceptual and production practice that blur these boundaries.

Becker has organized dozens of exhibitions at SFMOMA and has arranged important acquisitions and donations to the museum’s collection. He has regularly moderated and served on art and design panels, been an invited juror at many national architecture programs, led workshops on exhibition and experiential design, lectured internationally, been an invited consultant to public art and design projects, and contributed writings on art, architecture, and design to numerous publications. He received both his Bachelor of Architecture and his Master of Advanced Architectural Design in Design Theory and Critical Practice from the California College of the Arts, where he has taught interdisciplinary seminars on art and architecture.

His current exhibitions are Drawing the Line: Rael San Fratello at the U.S.-Mexico Border, which reimagines the architectural conditions of the border to bridge the cultures and communities it divides, and Tauba Auerbach: S v Z, a survey exhibition of 17 years of the artist’s multivalent and interdisciplinary work that connects ideas of structure, pattern, and gesture at intricate and vast scales.

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Civic Callings: Restoring the Past, Claiming Rights in the Present

This lecture, under the theme of “Global Narratives”, featured the CEO & Executive Director of The Cosanti Foundation, Elizabeth Martin-Malikian. Gathering knowledge from the postwar cities in the Levant, Martin-Malikian, who is also a tenured Professor and Chair of Thesis for the Department of Architecture at Kennesaw State University, explored the notion of “otherness” in her lecture at The School of Architecture.

By examining an oft-hidden issue concerning an overlapping aspect of the “Oneness” of the “Other” and the object over the philosophical explanatory power of alterity, Martin-Malikian has focused her research on the hybridity of the Levant (the area encompassing present-day Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel, and Palestine).

Her unique background encompasses art, architecture, and academics, a rare combination that aligns fully with the unique mission of The Cosanti Foundation. Originally from New York, she has more than 30 cumulative years of experience as a practicing and principal architectural designer and more than 15 years of experience as an academic-practitioner teaching domestically and internationally as a professor of architecture and urban design.

Her lifelong commitment to her profession and to the creative community is evident in her service as part of dozens of commissions, committees, and councils, including the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Women’s Leadership Initiative, Metropolitan Public Art Coalition (MPAC), and AIACC Monterey Design Conference committee.

She has been awarded numerous grants, including, most recently, a NEA Challenge America Grant. Liz has also received a variety of honors, such as the AIA/ACSA Practice and Leadership Award (2019), AIAS Educator of the Year Award (2020), the ULI Atlanta “The Leaders” 2021 cohort, and most recently, an Journal of Architecture Education (JAE) writing award.

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Wanda Dalla Costa

Pluriverse Rising: Indigenous Design

Dalla Costa, AIA, LEED A.P. is a member of the Saddle Lake Cree Nation. She is an architect and an Institute professor and a YBCA 100 2019 honoree, an award which celebrates people, organizations, and movements shifting culture through ideas, their art, and their activism. At Arizona State University, she is the director and founder of the Indigenous Design Collaborative, a community-driven design and construction program, which brings together tribal community members, industry and a multidisciplinary team of ASU students and faculty to co-design solutions for tribal communities. Dalla Costa was part of Unceded at the 2018 Venice Biennale where she joined 18 Indigenous architects from across Turtle Island to share an Indigenous vision of the future. Her firm, Tawaw Architecture Collective (www.tawarc.com) is based in Phoenix.

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In Conversation: Terrol Dew Johnson and Alexandra Cunningham Cameron

TSOA is pleased to host discussions across artistic, design, and curatorial practices in our Expanded Discourse series this Fall and Spring.

Terrol Dew Johnson is a nationally-recognized, award-winning Tohono O’odham basket weaver, community activist and museum consultant. His baskets have won major awards at the Santa Fe Indian Market, Heard Museum Fair, Phoenix, and Southwest Indian Art Fair, Tucson.

Alexandra Cunningham Cameron is the Curator of Contemporary Design and the first Hintz Secretarial Scholar at Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.

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Sean Canty is the founder of SSC, an architecture practice based in Cambridge, MA. The studio is interested in choreographing unconventional relationships between spaces of contemplation and collective gathering. The work of the studio engages formal combination and juxtaposition at a variety of scales—from objects to interiors—and explores a range of programmatic types—from domestic environments to cultural spaces. Canty is also one of the founding principals of Office III (OIII), an experimental architectural collective that spans New York, San Francisco, and Cambridge. Selected as a finalist for the 2017 MoMA PS1 Young Architects competition, OIII has completed a Welcome Center for Governors Island and exhibited work at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Prior to founding these studios, Canty was a Project Designer at IwamotoScott Architecture in San Francisco. Canty’s work and writing has been published in domus, Harvard Design Magazine, MAS Context, and the forthcoming publications BLANK: Speculations on CLT and Inscriptions: Architecture Before Speech. Canty is the recipient of the 2020 Richard Rogers Fellowship. Canty is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. Prior to joining the faculty at the GSD, Canty held teaching positions at the Cooper Union, University California Berkeley, and California College of the Arts. In addition to architectural design, Canty has taught classes on descriptive geometry and design media. Canty received an M.Arch from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and a B.Arch from California College of the Arts.
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Eddie Jones of Jones Studio discusses the relationship of local climates, cultures and vernacular design, with and applied to other regions. Jones will present Sonoran responses in his studio’s work as explorations of  “Portable Regionalism: The Understanding of Common Denominators“. 

For forty plus years, Eddie’s persistence and innovation have expanded the palette of materials and methods available throughout Arizona. His long-standing implementation of sustainability and environmental design, matched with an extraordinary sensitivity to the factors that create space, have made better human experiences and better architecture.

Under Eddie Jones’ leadership, Jones Studio has received 222 design awards including a National AIA and a GSA Design Excellence Honor for the Mariposa Land Port of Entry in Nogales, Arizona. In 2018 Eddie was awarded the AIA Arizona’s Architects Medal, the highest honor an individual practitioner of architecture can receive in the state. In 2021 Eddie was elevated to The College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects.

Eddie is a 2004 recipient of the Melvin R. Lohmann Medal (for career achievement in architecture) from his alma mater, Oklahoma State University. The Lohmann Medal is the highest honor bestowed on a graduate of the College of Engineering, Architecture, and Technology. Soon after, Eddie also became an inductee of the College of Engineering, Architecture, and Technology Hall of Fame. Although state rivals, the University of Oklahoma College of Architecture named Eddie the Bruce Goff Chair in 1999. For the fiftieth anniversary of the iconic Progressive Architecture Awards, he was specially selected to be a member of the esteemed jury.

Eddie was appointed in 2007 to the GSA Design Excellence Peer Review. He was named a Founding Board of Governors member by The School of Architecture at Taliesin in 2017. He is very active in Arizona Forward, Arizona’s premier organization for promoting sustainable design. Eddie also hosts many community events at the new office building, completed in 2016 to serve as a model of sustainability in desert environments.

There are currently 40 books, 227 magazines and journals, 29 TV shows, various radio programs, one Hollywood movie and one documentary film including the Studio’s works.

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