Announcing 2018 Visiting Faculty for M.Arch Final Juries
We are excited to welcome to MFP Final Juries in May: María Arquero de Alarcón (Michigan), Michael Cadwell FAIA (Ohio), Trattie Davies (Yale) and Benjamin Smith (Tulane).
María Arquero de Alarcón is an associate professor of architecture and urban and regional planning, and director of the Master of Urban Design at the University of Michigan Taubman College. Operating at the intersection of architecture, landscape and urbanism, her work interrogates the agency of design promoting cultural and environmental values in the agenda of urban sustainability. Her teaching includes design studios, seminars and interdisciplinary workshops that incorporate experiential learning components through partnerships across the Great Lakes Region, Latin America and Europe. María is founding partner of MAde Studio, a research-based, collaborative design practice with projects that articulate a range of design strategies operating across geographies, scales and disciplinary sensibilities. Arquero de Alarcón holds a professional degree in Architecture and Urbanism from the Madrid Polytechnic University, a master of Advanced Studies in Landscape Architecture from the E.T.H. Zurich, and a master of Landscape Architecture in Urban Design from the G.S.D., Harvard University. She is a Spanish Registered Architect, and A.S.L.A. and A.P.A. member.
Michael B. Cadwell, FAIA, is the Walter H. Kidd Professor of Architecture and director of the Knowlton School of Architecture at The Ohio State University. In teaching and practice, Cadwell explores construction as a transformative cultural act. His book Strange Details (MIT Press) articulates this interest through essays on canonic works of 20th century architecture. More recently, his written work on contemporary architecture has appeared in Hunch, Harvard Design Magazine, Log, and Domus. Cadwell designed and built a series of small wood buildings on remote New England sites and public sculpture parks, which were collected as Pamphlet Architecture 17 (Princeton Architectural Press), published extensively in architectural journals, and received design awards from the ACSA and the New York Architectural League. He has taught at the Parsons School of Design, the Rhode Island School of Design, and Williams College. Cadwell has practiced with Turner Brooks, and Cesar Pelli, and is currently principal with Cadwell & Murphy Architects. Cadwell received his BA in English literature from Williams College and his M.Arch from Yale University.
Trattie Davies is an architect and critic at the Yale School of Architecture. She is founding partner and principal of Davies Toews Architecture, a design firm in New York City. The studio focuses on practice through building with an emphasis on design exploration and scale diversity. Her work with the firm includes residential, commercial, and institutional projects for private, corporate, and nonprofit clients in New York, New Jersey, Maine, Massachusetts, Illinois and California. Prior to forming Davies Toews, Davies worked for Gehry Partners in Los Angeles. She was an artist in residence at the Cité International des Arts in Paris and a teaching fellow at the Fontainebleau Schools of Music and Fine Arts. Her work has been published in ArtNews and Architectural Digest and exhibited as part of the New Museum Festival of Ideas for the New City. In 2016, Davies was the recipient of the Professor King-lui Wu Teaching Award in 2016. Davies received a B.A. and an M.Arch. from Yale University.
Benjamin J. Smith, Ph.D is a scholar, designer, and educator whose work locates advanced practices for architecture. Smith’s view on architectural production negotiates design technique and aesthetic sensibility with the belief that architecture should engage the discipline with a rigorous theoretical conversation that influences present concerns. Observing that design instigates vision, that analysis provides critique, and that the synthesis of vision and critique establishes domains of value that architecture addresses, he works to reveal architecture’s results through its effects. His practice, ooffcie DESIGN, approaches architecture through ideas and objects, and concepts and buildings that intersect function and abstraction, need and desire, and the virtual and the actual—fusing poetic, whimsical, critical, and technical qualities. Smith’s recent scholarship has centered on the disciplinary evolution of architecture through institutional and pedagogical developments in education. Prior to joining Tulane University, Smith taught at SCI-Arc and University of Michigan and worked for internationally recognized firms such as Morphosis Architects and George Yu Architects. Smith has a Ph.D. from University of Michigan, an M.Arch from SCI-Arc, and a B.A. from St. Olaf College.
The call for this year’s catalyst workshop is to develop design practices that are more people centric. We will work directly with people from diverse communities around the world to develop design interventions that strengthen the interconnected, and often cripplingly complex, socio-ecologic relationships that matter to them. We will work collectively toward three deliverables.