In collaboration with the Helms Bakery District and the Cal Poly LA Metro Program in Architecture and Urban Design
Bryan Cantley of Form:uLA
Form:uLA is an experimental design practice owned by Bryan Cantley that attempts to blur the indeterminate zone between architecture and its representation.
An alumnus of UCLA, Bryan has lectured at a number of architecture schools internationally, and has taught as visiting faculty at SCI-Arc and Woodbury.
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art purchased eleven of Bryan's models and drawings in 2001 as a part of their permanent collection. He is also the recipient of a Graham Foundation Grant (2002) and has held a solo exhibition and served as the International Guest Lecturer at the Bartlett School of Architecture in 2008 and 2017. Cantley's work has been exhibited at the SFMOMA, UNCC, and UCLA, among other institutions.
Cantley's solo exhibition “Dirty Geometries + Mechanical Imperfections” premiered at SCI-Arc in 2014, and his work was featured in
’s “Drawing Strength From Machinery” in 2008, and “Drawing Architecture” in 2013. Cantley has also had drawings published in the
Journal of Architectural Education
and numerous other international magazines including
Surrealism and Architecture
Celebrating the Marvelous: Surrealism in Architecture
(2018). He is presently working on a follow-up to his first monograph,
(2011), tentatively titled “Speculative Coolness”.
Please join us Tuesday, May 31 for a reception, lecture, and discussion with
Christoph Kumpusch of Forward-slash (/) Back-slash (\) ARCHITEKTUR
Christoph A. Kumpusch is a New York-based architect and the Core I Coordinator at Columbia GSAPP, where he also directs the Extraction Laboratory and teaches design and visual studies.
Kumpusch is the director of Forward-slash (/), a multidisciplinary practice founded in 2008, and the head of Back-slash (\), the experimental arm of Forward-slash (/), investigating technology and material effects on form and tectonics. Kumpusch grounds his work in a concentrated research program focused on architectural details and the spawning of new buildings from the smallest parts outward. A theoretical project runs parallel to this work, identifying historical and cultural contexts triggered by detail innovation. The office is both a design and publishing outfit -- producing essays, books, exhibitions, installations, podcasts, performances, films, and buildings. Forward-slash (/) strives to be intellectually rigorous, materially sustainable, and socially responsible.
In 2017, Kumpusch founded the Extraction Laboratory, a Columbia GSAPP research laboratory examining architecture derived from situation, rather than place. In the summer of 2017, the lab’s summer workshop was based at the Burning Man Festival in the Black Rock Desert, Nevada, where they designed and built a set of nine roof structures. The upcoming 2018 workshop, Dry - Wet, will travel to one of the driest landscapes on earth, the United Arab Emirates, then contrasted with one of the wettest, the Republic of the Maldives.
Kumpusch was a Leonardo da Vinci Fellow, a Rudolf M. Schindler Scholar in Residence at the MAK Center, a USAA Scholar, a National Collegiate Engineering Award-winner, and a 2013 and 2015 Graham Foundation Grantee. Kumpusch is co-author of
with Lebbeus Woods, Anthony Vidler and Manuel DeLanda (Hatje Cantz, 2005); editor of
( / Productions, 2010);
( / Productions, 2011);
(Theoharis David, 2012);
(Lars Müller Publishers, 2013);
Urban Hopes – Made in China
(Lars Müller Publishers, 2014) and
Detail Kultur – If Buildings Had DNA
He has also taught at Cornell University, Cooper Union, MIT, Ohio State University, Pratt, and SCI-Arc. Kumpusch completed his Ph.D. at the Universität für Angewandte Kunst - Wien. Recent projects include an elephant playground and water park in Patong, Thailand; an East Village Think Tank; a co-working-space in Shoreditch, London and a feasibility study for a theater in Havana, Cuba. Forward-slash (/) was the winner of an international competition to build a hub and theater-space for Performa 15 - a world-renowned venue for performing arts in New York’s TriBeCa.
The Light Pavilion at the Sliced Porosity Block in Chengdu, China, one of several projects spanning a decade of collaboration with Lebbeus Woods, was recently completed.
Please join us Thursday, June 2 for a lecture, and discussion with
Cal Poly LA Metro Program in Architecture and Urban Design Student Design Exhibition and Reception will precede Christoph Kumpusch's lecture at the Helms District Design Center
Top: Bryan Cantley, Taxo 3B, Fleas on Surr-Face Applicants
Bottom: Burning Man, Earthwave, Christoph Kumpusch