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GSAPP Conversations offer a window onto the expanding field of contemporary architectural practice through discussions on the current projects, research, and obsessions of a diverse group of invited guests from emerging and well-established practices. Hosted by Columbia GSAPP’s Dean Amale Andraos, the conversations also feature the School’s influential faculty and alumni, and give students the opportunity to engage architects on issues of concern to the next generation.

Latest Episodes

Internships and the Architectural Profession: Architecture and Tech

Violet Whitney in Conversation with James Brillon In this podcast episode, recent graduate James Brillon ('18 M.Arch) speaks with faculty and alumni Violet Whitney ('17 M.Arch). The School recently commissioned a small group of GSAPP alumni to report on the current state of internships in the architecture profession. James is one of the contributors to the report, and we asked him to expand on the issues in this conversation with Violet. In addition to teaching in GSAPP's Visual Studies sequence, Violet leads computational design and research at Sidewalk Labs. They discuss Violet’s personal experience in her transition from architecture to tech, and how the business models of traditional architecture firms compare to those of a tech company. The full text of the Internships and the Architectural Profession report can be found on GSAPP's website.

18 MIN2 d ago
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Internships and the Architectural Profession: Architecture and Tech

Path of Resistance: A Journey Toward Designing Locally Sensitive Buildings

Marina Tabassum in Conversation with Amale Andraos. In this podcast episode, Dean Amale Andros speaks with architect Marina Tabassum about architectural design that respects and prioritizes local communities, contexts, and civic aspects of city life. Marina Tabassum is Founder of Dhaka-based Marina Tabassum Architects (MTA), and Director of Academic Programs at the Bengal Institute for Architecture, Landscapes and Settlements. Her work has established a contemporary architectural language in Bangladesh that is locally rooted. We learn about how her design-oriented studio takes a firm stance on “the path of resistance” in building an unconventionally diverse portfolio. The interview was conducted prior to the 9th annual Kenneth Frampton Endowed Lecture held at the school on September 23, 2019.

17 MIN1 w ago
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Path of Resistance: A Journey Toward Designing Locally Sensitive Buildings

Black Compositional Thought and Systems of Spatial Navigation

Torkwase Dyson in Conversation with Mabel Wilson. Episode 76 features an excerpt from a conversation between Professor Mabel O. Wilson and New York-based artist Torkwase Dyson about her recently opened exhibition 1919: Black Water. On view at Columbia GSAPP’s Arthur Ross Architecture Gallery through December 14, 2019, the exhibition includes new paintings, sculptures, and drawings that respond to the 100th anniversary of the “Red Summer” of 1919, a period of heightened racial violence across the United States. Dyson creates visual and material systems that explore relationships between bodily movement and architecture, with an emphasis on the ways that black and brown bodies perceive and negotiate space. During the conversation, they discuss systems of subjugation within architectural forms, and ways in which spatial composition is used as a tool for self-liberation. A transcript of the full conversation is published in the exhibition brochure and can be found on the School’s we...

16 MIN2 w ago
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Black Compositional Thought and Systems of Spatial Navigation

Retail, Architecture, and Contemporary Public Infrastructures

Jesse LeCavalier in Conversation with Emma Macdonald. In episode #75, Critical, Curatorial, and Conceptual Practices (MSCCCP) student Emma Macdonald speaks with architect Jesse LeCavalier about his research around the global emergence of new public infrastructures. Jesse LeCavalier is the author of The Rule of Logistics: Walmart and the Architecture of Fulfillment and associate professor of architecture at the Daniels Faculty of Architecture at the University of Toronto. He works to engage the public on new types of contemporary infrastructure and logistics by shedding light on their underlying meanings, interrelations, and purposes. This interview was conducted prior to his lecture at the school on September 16, 2019.

16 MIN3 w ago
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Retail, Architecture, and Contemporary Public Infrastructures

Local Craftsmanship and Microarchitecture as Alternative Production Models

DK Osseo-Asare and Naeem Biviji in Conversation with Mpho Matsipa In this podcast episode, we continue the conversation around making culture in Nairobi, Lagos, Accra/Tema, and Johannesburg. Faculty Mpho Matsipa speaks with designers DK Osseo-Asare and Naeem Biviji about their making processes, which explore local craftsmanship and low-cost & small-scale architecture as alternatives to rapid industrialization and big infrastructure in Africa today. DK Osseo-Asare is co-founder and principal of architecture and integrated design studio Low Design Office (LOWDO), based in Austin, Texas and Tema, Ghana. Naeem Biviji is the co-founder of Studio Propolis, a design workshop based in Nairobi, Kenya run with partner Bethan Rayner. They were both part of the GSAPP event Building Cultures: Making in Nairobi, Lagos, Accra/Tema, and Johannesburg held at the school on September 6, 2019.

27 MINSEP 20
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Local Craftsmanship and Microarchitecture as Alternative Production Models

Collaborative Making and Storytelling in Product Design

Nifemi Marcus-Bello and Thabisa Mjo in Conversation with Mpho Matispa. In this podcast episode hosted by faculty Mpho Matsipa, makers Nifemi Marcus-Bello and Thabisa Mjo bring us on their journey to integrate cultural heritage and unique craftsmanship in local communities to create economic viability in Africa. Nifemi Marcus-Bello is the founder of nmbello Studio, an Industrial Design practice located in Lagos, Nigeria, with a focus on product, furniture, and experience design for both local and international clients. Thabisa Mjo is the founder of the Johannesburg-based Mash.T Design Studio, a studio focused on telling uniquely South African stories using the medium of design. They were both part of the GSAPP event Building Cultures: Making in Nairobi, Lagos, Accra/Tema, and Johannesburg held at the school on September 6, 2019.

21 MINSEP 13
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Collaborative Making and Storytelling in Product Design

Annabelle Selldorf in Conversation with Lucy Navarro

MARCH student Lucy Navarro speaks with Annabelle Selldorf in advance of the Annual Paul S. Byard Memorial Lecture at the school on April 15, 2019. Annabelle Selldorf is founder and principal of Selldorf Architects, a New York City-based firm that is currently working on several expansions to existing cultural institutions, including the Frick Collection in New York City and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. They discuss designing for existing spaces and explore the connections between art and architecture. “When I think about space and art, I think about the person who is viewing it. Ultimately, I think there isn't such a thing as a neutral space. It is your own experience, evaluation, or judgment that contributes to the analysis of what works.” – Annabelle Selldorf

14 MINAPR 26
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Annabelle Selldorf in Conversation with Lucy Navarro

Baier Bischofberger in Conversation with Daniel Bernal

Daniel Bernal, a dual degree student in the MARCH and MSRED programs, speaks with Nina Baier-Bischofberger and Florian Baier in advance of their lecture at the school on April 8, 2019. The pair founded their firm Baier Bischofberger Architects in 2005 after meeting as students at Columbia GSAPP. They discuss the studio’s work and creative process, and reflect on their experiences at GSAPP and the realities of architectural practice which they encountered post graduation. “When I graduated, I went to visit a friend who was working at NASA. They said NASA actually quite liked hiring people with architecture degrees because they could look at lots of different things at the same time and understand the bigger picture... I think architectural education allows for so many new possibilities.” - Nina Baier-Bischofberger

13 MINAPR 19
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Baier Bischofberger in Conversation with Daniel Bernal

Pedro y Juana in Conversation with Paula Vilaplana

CCCP student Paula Vilaplana speaks with Ana Paula Ruiz Galindo and Mecky Reuss, co-founders of Mexico City-based firm Pedro y Juana, following their lecture at the school on February 11, 2019. The duo is also teaching advanced studio VI at GSAPP during the Spring 2019 semester. Their work explores the capacity of objects to change their environment through typological transgressions, the indiscriminate use of material, texture, color, placement, or form. Recently, their installation Hórama Rama won the 2019 MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program. “We like to think that objects also have agency within their environments. How you place the object, or the amount of permission you give the user to change or fix it, actually creates different actions...We're very much interested in seeing what happens within spaces more than holding on to an idea of how they should be used.” - Ana Paula Ruiz Galindo

19 MINAPR 12
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Pedro y Juana in Conversation with Paula Vilaplana

Anthony Acciavatti in Conversation with Tim Battelino

MARCH student Tim Battelino speaks with Anthony Acciavatti following the 5th Annual Detlef Mertins Lecture on the Histories of Modernity at the school on March 25, 2019. Anthony Acciavatti is a GSAPP faculty member, historian, cartographer, architect, and author of the award-winning book, Ganges Water Machine: Designing New India’s Ancient River, the first environmental and urban history of the world’s most densely populated river basin. "I'm trying to make almost a graphic biography of these [Ganges River Basin] regions and areas by pairing image and word… I’m always trying to couple what I see with ways to describe and narrate the work that I do, both empirically but also theoretically. Ganges Water Machine in that way was very much an experiment in how to narrate such a vast territory.” - Anthony Acciavatti

24 MINAPR 5
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Anthony Acciavatti in Conversation with Tim Battelino

Latest Episodes

Internships and the Architectural Profession: Architecture and Tech

Violet Whitney in Conversation with James Brillon In this podcast episode, recent graduate James Brillon ('18 M.Arch) speaks with faculty and alumni Violet Whitney ('17 M.Arch). The School recently commissioned a small group of GSAPP alumni to report on the current state of internships in the architecture profession. James is one of the contributors to the report, and we asked him to expand on the issues in this conversation with Violet. In addition to teaching in GSAPP's Visual Studies sequence, Violet leads computational design and research at Sidewalk Labs. They discuss Violet’s personal experience in her transition from architecture to tech, and how the business models of traditional architecture firms compare to those of a tech company. The full text of the Internships and the Architectural Profession report can be found on GSAPP's website.

18 MIN2 d ago
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Internships and the Architectural Profession: Architecture and Tech

Path of Resistance: A Journey Toward Designing Locally Sensitive Buildings

Marina Tabassum in Conversation with Amale Andraos. In this podcast episode, Dean Amale Andros speaks with architect Marina Tabassum about architectural design that respects and prioritizes local communities, contexts, and civic aspects of city life. Marina Tabassum is Founder of Dhaka-based Marina Tabassum Architects (MTA), and Director of Academic Programs at the Bengal Institute for Architecture, Landscapes and Settlements. Her work has established a contemporary architectural language in Bangladesh that is locally rooted. We learn about how her design-oriented studio takes a firm stance on “the path of resistance” in building an unconventionally diverse portfolio. The interview was conducted prior to the 9th annual Kenneth Frampton Endowed Lecture held at the school on September 23, 2019.

17 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Path of Resistance: A Journey Toward Designing Locally Sensitive Buildings

Black Compositional Thought and Systems of Spatial Navigation

Torkwase Dyson in Conversation with Mabel Wilson. Episode 76 features an excerpt from a conversation between Professor Mabel O. Wilson and New York-based artist Torkwase Dyson about her recently opened exhibition 1919: Black Water. On view at Columbia GSAPP’s Arthur Ross Architecture Gallery through December 14, 2019, the exhibition includes new paintings, sculptures, and drawings that respond to the 100th anniversary of the “Red Summer” of 1919, a period of heightened racial violence across the United States. Dyson creates visual and material systems that explore relationships between bodily movement and architecture, with an emphasis on the ways that black and brown bodies perceive and negotiate space. During the conversation, they discuss systems of subjugation within architectural forms, and ways in which spatial composition is used as a tool for self-liberation. A transcript of the full conversation is published in the exhibition brochure and can be found on the School’s we...

16 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Black Compositional Thought and Systems of Spatial Navigation

Retail, Architecture, and Contemporary Public Infrastructures

Jesse LeCavalier in Conversation with Emma Macdonald. In episode #75, Critical, Curatorial, and Conceptual Practices (MSCCCP) student Emma Macdonald speaks with architect Jesse LeCavalier about his research around the global emergence of new public infrastructures. Jesse LeCavalier is the author of The Rule of Logistics: Walmart and the Architecture of Fulfillment and associate professor of architecture at the Daniels Faculty of Architecture at the University of Toronto. He works to engage the public on new types of contemporary infrastructure and logistics by shedding light on their underlying meanings, interrelations, and purposes. This interview was conducted prior to his lecture at the school on September 16, 2019.

16 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Retail, Architecture, and Contemporary Public Infrastructures

Local Craftsmanship and Microarchitecture as Alternative Production Models

DK Osseo-Asare and Naeem Biviji in Conversation with Mpho Matsipa In this podcast episode, we continue the conversation around making culture in Nairobi, Lagos, Accra/Tema, and Johannesburg. Faculty Mpho Matsipa speaks with designers DK Osseo-Asare and Naeem Biviji about their making processes, which explore local craftsmanship and low-cost & small-scale architecture as alternatives to rapid industrialization and big infrastructure in Africa today. DK Osseo-Asare is co-founder and principal of architecture and integrated design studio Low Design Office (LOWDO), based in Austin, Texas and Tema, Ghana. Naeem Biviji is the co-founder of Studio Propolis, a design workshop based in Nairobi, Kenya run with partner Bethan Rayner. They were both part of the GSAPP event Building Cultures: Making in Nairobi, Lagos, Accra/Tema, and Johannesburg held at the school on September 6, 2019.

27 MINSEP 20
Comments
Local Craftsmanship and Microarchitecture as Alternative Production Models

Collaborative Making and Storytelling in Product Design

Nifemi Marcus-Bello and Thabisa Mjo in Conversation with Mpho Matispa. In this podcast episode hosted by faculty Mpho Matsipa, makers Nifemi Marcus-Bello and Thabisa Mjo bring us on their journey to integrate cultural heritage and unique craftsmanship in local communities to create economic viability in Africa. Nifemi Marcus-Bello is the founder of nmbello Studio, an Industrial Design practice located in Lagos, Nigeria, with a focus on product, furniture, and experience design for both local and international clients. Thabisa Mjo is the founder of the Johannesburg-based Mash.T Design Studio, a studio focused on telling uniquely South African stories using the medium of design. They were both part of the GSAPP event Building Cultures: Making in Nairobi, Lagos, Accra/Tema, and Johannesburg held at the school on September 6, 2019.

21 MINSEP 13
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Collaborative Making and Storytelling in Product Design

Annabelle Selldorf in Conversation with Lucy Navarro

MARCH student Lucy Navarro speaks with Annabelle Selldorf in advance of the Annual Paul S. Byard Memorial Lecture at the school on April 15, 2019. Annabelle Selldorf is founder and principal of Selldorf Architects, a New York City-based firm that is currently working on several expansions to existing cultural institutions, including the Frick Collection in New York City and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. They discuss designing for existing spaces and explore the connections between art and architecture. “When I think about space and art, I think about the person who is viewing it. Ultimately, I think there isn't such a thing as a neutral space. It is your own experience, evaluation, or judgment that contributes to the analysis of what works.” – Annabelle Selldorf

14 MINAPR 26
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Annabelle Selldorf in Conversation with Lucy Navarro

Baier Bischofberger in Conversation with Daniel Bernal

Daniel Bernal, a dual degree student in the MARCH and MSRED programs, speaks with Nina Baier-Bischofberger and Florian Baier in advance of their lecture at the school on April 8, 2019. The pair founded their firm Baier Bischofberger Architects in 2005 after meeting as students at Columbia GSAPP. They discuss the studio’s work and creative process, and reflect on their experiences at GSAPP and the realities of architectural practice which they encountered post graduation. “When I graduated, I went to visit a friend who was working at NASA. They said NASA actually quite liked hiring people with architecture degrees because they could look at lots of different things at the same time and understand the bigger picture... I think architectural education allows for so many new possibilities.” - Nina Baier-Bischofberger

13 MINAPR 19
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Baier Bischofberger in Conversation with Daniel Bernal

Pedro y Juana in Conversation with Paula Vilaplana

CCCP student Paula Vilaplana speaks with Ana Paula Ruiz Galindo and Mecky Reuss, co-founders of Mexico City-based firm Pedro y Juana, following their lecture at the school on February 11, 2019. The duo is also teaching advanced studio VI at GSAPP during the Spring 2019 semester. Their work explores the capacity of objects to change their environment through typological transgressions, the indiscriminate use of material, texture, color, placement, or form. Recently, their installation Hórama Rama won the 2019 MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program. “We like to think that objects also have agency within their environments. How you place the object, or the amount of permission you give the user to change or fix it, actually creates different actions...We're very much interested in seeing what happens within spaces more than holding on to an idea of how they should be used.” - Ana Paula Ruiz Galindo

19 MINAPR 12
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Pedro y Juana in Conversation with Paula Vilaplana

Anthony Acciavatti in Conversation with Tim Battelino

MARCH student Tim Battelino speaks with Anthony Acciavatti following the 5th Annual Detlef Mertins Lecture on the Histories of Modernity at the school on March 25, 2019. Anthony Acciavatti is a GSAPP faculty member, historian, cartographer, architect, and author of the award-winning book, Ganges Water Machine: Designing New India’s Ancient River, the first environmental and urban history of the world’s most densely populated river basin. "I'm trying to make almost a graphic biography of these [Ganges River Basin] regions and areas by pairing image and word… I’m always trying to couple what I see with ways to describe and narrate the work that I do, both empirically but also theoretically. Ganges Water Machine in that way was very much an experiment in how to narrate such a vast territory.” - Anthony Acciavatti

24 MINAPR 5
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Anthony Acciavatti in Conversation with Tim Battelino