Catalyst 2015 - Visiting Instructors
Guest Instructor: Jentery Sayers, Assistant Professor, Department of English & Director of Maker Lab, University of Victoria
Jentery Sayers is Assistant Professor of English and Cultural, Social, and Political Thought, as well as the Director of the Maker Lab in the Humanities, at the University of Victoria. His research interests include comparative media studies, computational culture studies, critical theories of technology,
and digital humanities.
Guest Instructor: Ian Harris, Producer / Architectural Cinematographer
Ian is an architect‐turned‐filmmaker. He co‐founded Arbuckle Industries, an award winning New York City based video production company focusing in architectural cinematography. Some of their notable subjects include President Bill Clinton, Musician David Byrne, and Pritzker Prize winners Thom Mayne, Zaha Hadid, Richard Meier and Shigeru Ban, along with many others. Their clients include such notable brands and companies as Architect Magazine, Friends of the High Line, the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter, Etsy, Regional Plan Association, Apartment Therapy, Center for Architecture Foundation, Yamaha and Global Heritage Fund. At Arbuckle he directs the business side of the company while also producing/managing the projects they create.
His love for the stories behind the built environment led him to leave the practice of architecture and decide to pick up the camera to bring these stories to light. Since founding Arbuckle in 2007 he has helped the company produce dozens of films while conducting over 100 interviews with leading artists, architects, designers, industry leaders and politicians. He has spoken at dozens of events ranging from national conferences, PR and marketing groups, film festivals and design schools all over the country. When he is not in the Arbuckle office or on a shoot you may find him daylighting as a design education teacher at local art organizations or schools or camping in the nearby mountains.
Guest Instructors: Omar Gandhi, Omar Gandhi Architect Inc. and Eric Stotts, Skin and Bones (Architect and Envelope Consultant)
Omar Gandhi Architect Inc. is a Halifax, Nova Scotia‐based studio which has become one of Canada’s leading young architecture studios. Since its inception in 2010, the studio has been the subject of dozens of articles in high‐profile publications and several notable online journals. The firm was recently named as one of the Top 20 Young Architectural Practices worldwide in Wallpaper* Magazine's annual Architects Directory. The firm is the 2014 recipient of the Canada Council for the Art's prestigious Prix de Rome for Professionals ‐ The $50,000 prize recognizes outstanding achievement in Canadian architecture and is awarded annually to a young architect or architectural firm to develop their skills and creative practice as well as work with specialists worldwide. Formally linked together under the theme of "Adaptations," the studio's projects begin with simple, local building typologies which are then sculpted by conditions and use.
Eric Stotts: In September 2014, after eighteen years of experience with several internationally acclaimed firms, including the Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Eric Stotts founded his own practice, Eric Stotts Architect, in Halifax. Eric is also a founding partner of Skin and Bones, an open‐source, ideas‐based company which seeks to bridge the conceptual and procedural gaps between the design and construction of high‐quality building envelopes and structures. Both Omar Gandhi and Eric Stotts are sessional instructors at Dalhousie University's School of Architecture and Planning in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Guest Instructor: Doris Kim Sung, Assistant Professor, USC Architecture, Principal, DOSU Studio Architetcure
After receiving her B.A. at Princeton University and M.Arch. at Columbia University, Doris Sung worked in various offices in cities across the U.S. before arriving in Los Angeles in 2001. She developed her research focus while teaching at University of Southern California (USC), the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), University of Colorado and the Catholic University of America. In 1999, she opened her office, dO|Su Studio Architecture, and soon received many AIA and ASID awards for her work, including the prestigious accolades of AIA Young-Designer-of-the-Year, ACSA Faculty Design Award, R+D Honorable Mention from Architect Magazine and [next idea] award from ARS Electronica. Currently, she is working on developing smart thermobimetals and other shape-memory alloys, unfamiliar materials to architecture, as new materials for the “third” skin (the first is human flesh, the second clothing and the third architecture). Its ability to curl when heated allows the building skin to respond for purposes of sun-shading, self-ventilating, shape-changing and structure-prestressing. Her work has been funded by the national AIA Upjohn Initiative, Arnold W. Brunner Grant, Graham Foundation Grant, Architectural Guild Award and USC ASHSS and URAP Awards.
Guest Instructor: Leah Beuchley, Designer and Engineer
Leah Buechley is a designer, engineer, artist, and educator whose work explores intersections and juxtapositions‐‐of "high" and "low" technologies, new and ancient materials, and masculine and feminine making traditions. She also develops tools that help people build their own technologies.
Her inventions include the LilyPad Arduino toolkit. From 2009‐2013, she was a professor at the MIT Media Lab where she founded and directed the High‐Low Tech group. Her work has been exhibited internationally in venues including the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Ars Electronica Festival, and the Exploratorium, and has been featured in publications including The New York Times, Boston Globe, Popular Science, and Wired. Leah received a PhD in computer science from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a BA in physics from Skidmore College. At both institutions she also studied dance, theater, fine art, and design.
Guest Instructor: Hideyuki Nakayama, Hideyuki Nakayama Architecture, Japan
Hideyuki Nakayama (中山英之, born 1972, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan) is an award‐winning Japanese architect based in Tokyo. After graduating from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music (major in Architecture and Planning), he then worked for Toyo Ito & Associate, Architects for seven years. He is now the director of his own firm, Hideyuki Nakayama Architecture, established in 2007. He won the first Rokka no Mori Tea House Competition in 2008, the 23rd Yoshioka Prize in 2007 and the SD Review 2004 Kajima Prize. Nakayama combined a passion for shooting nature and architecture with a strong sense of scale and its treatment to the nature and space.