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Assistant Professor-in Residence,
Rhode Island School of Design

2019-2021 Wortham Fellow, Rice Architecture
M.S. Critical, Curatorial, and Conceptual Practices ‘19, Columbia University GSAPP
Registered architect, ARBV 19420, Australia
M.Arch, University of Melbourne
Chronic cartoonist and writer
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Architecture is the largest file format you know. A building is slow information. It caches and organizes material, aesthetic, and infrastructural forces over time. It stores environmental time and material properties, it draws together labor and building systems, it absorbs legal ordinances and everyday occupation. In aggregate, the city might be seen as a real-time database layered with building types and technologies, property lines, planning decisions, and (human and non-human) stories at every scale.

My work explores architecture as heavy information — a socio-technical relation between abstraction and reality. Drawings, models, maps, diagrams, renderings, and even evidentiary and instructional formats, all slip between exactitude and ambiguity. Architectural media are imperfect records, inventories, and actors of small-p politics.

How do these worlds overlap? Who/what gets to be visible or legible, and who/what is excluded from the frame? What counter-practices and alternative formats exist?
Knowledge formats are always subjective and partial. I am interested in how architecture’s most banal drawings, spaces, and notation systems are already information-rich and operative in the world.

Elevating graphics over statistics, I look to make those more invisible dimensions and politics of space visible, through multiscalar research, design, and narrative.




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