Practice Sessions is part of the University of Michigan’s Third Century Initiative which funds experimental pedagogies in a bid to change how teaching and learning happen within the bounds of the institution. Over a five-year period, ten architectural practices will be invited to Taubman College to run a practice session.
Laurel Consuelo Broughton is a designer and educator who explores her interests in narrative, material culture, and style within architecture, design, and fashion through projects, publications, and collaborations at a multiplicity of scales. The object as form and cultural figure features broadly throughout all her work. She has taught at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University, the College of Environmental Design at University of California, Berkeley and the School of Architecture at the University of Southern California.
Laurel is the director of WELCOMEPROJECTS, a studio of discursive sensibilities focused on the production of real things in the world along with all the incumbent, critical fictions needed for their survival. WELCOMEPROJECTS are large (buildings, houses, interiors), medium (installations, films, furniture) and small (handbags, games, wagons). The studio tells stories through design imbuing each project with curiosity and playful seriousness. Recent work has been exhibited at the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial, Materials and Applications in Silverlake, A+D Architecture and Design Museum, Harvard Graduate School of Design, and galleries in Los Angeles and New York and most recently published in the Los Angeles Times, Art Papers, Attention, Pidgin, Metropolis, Offramp, and Surface.
WELCOMEPROJECTS also designs and produces WELCOMECOMPANIONS, a project that reinterprets everyday sartorial accessories and objects. The project seeks to inject a sense of play, suspense, and narrative into the objects we interact with and depend upon on a daily basis. We suggest the novelty that in our accessories, function is not wholly dependent on utilitarian form. Launched in 2012, WELCOMECOMPANIONS has been featured in numerous publications including Vogue.com, New York Times, Paper Magazine, Vogue Italia, Elle Italia, Newsweek, Marie Claire Italia, Lucky Magazine and Nylon Magazine among others. WELCOMECOMPANIONS are sold in boutiques in Los Angeles, New York, Tokyo, San Francisco, Sydney, and Hong Kong.
Andrés Jaque is the founder of the Office for Political Innovation, an international architectural practice working in the intersection of design, research and critical practices. He is the author of awarded projects including ‘Plasencia Clergy Hall of Residence’, ‘House in Never Never Land’, ‘TUPPER HOME’, ‘ESCARAVOX’ or ‘COSMO, MoMA PS1’. He is the Director of the Advanced Architectural Design Program at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.
In 2016, he received the Frederick Kiesler Prize from the City of Vienna, and he has been awarded with the SILVER LION to the Best Research Project at the 14th Venice Biennale, and the Dionisio Hernández Gil Award.
Andrés Jaque is Associate Professor at Columbia University, Phd Architect (ETSAM), Alfred Toepfer Stiftung’s Tessenow Stipendiat (Hamburg) and Graham Foundation Grantee. His publications include Transmaterial Politics (2017), Calculable (2016) PHANTOM. Mies as Rendered Society, Different Kinds of Water Pouring into a Swimming Pool, Dulces Arenas Cotidianas (2013), Everyday Politics (2011), Melnikov. 1000 Autos Garage in Paris 1929 (2004). His research work has been published in Perspecta, Log, Thresholds, Volume, among many others.
The design work of his office has been published in the most important architectural and general media, including A+U, Bauwelt, Domus, El Croquis, The Architectural Review and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, El País; and it has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art MoMA, London Design Museum, MAK in Vienna, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, RED CAT Cal Arts Contemporary Art Center in Los Angeles, Z33 in Hasselt, Schweizerisches Architektur Museum in Basel, Princeton University SoA and the Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine de Paris among many others.