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APRIL 2010

LECTURES: Fri, March 12, 2010

Nathan Bishop: Sitings

Faculty Talk: Nathan Bishop - Sitings
Friday, March 12, 1pm
W.M. Keck Lecture Hall
Intro by Jenny Wu

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(Photos by Lida Mahabadi)

SCI-Arc faculty member Nathan Bishop Nathan Bishop received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Northeastern University and continued his studies at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where he received his Masters in Architecture with Distinction. He has served as full-time faculty and coordinator for the representation curriculum at the Rhode Island School of Design and has taught undergraduate and graduate level design studios and seminars at Northeastern University. At Harvard GSD, Nathan taught in the summer design studio program and helped develop GSD's first year design studio curriculum while a student. Most recently, he has been teaching undergraduate design studios at SCI-Arc.

In parallel with his academic career, Nathan has practiced architecture and urban design on the east and west coasts. After practicing with Boston-based firms such as Machado & Silvetti, Office dA, and Smart Architecture, Nathan started his own firm in 2005 and completed several projects in the Boston area. He moved to Los Angeles in 2006 to work with Koning Eizenberg as a Senior Associate.

He has led design efforts on many competitions, international exhibitions and projects, and several architectural and urban scale projects around the country. Recent notable projects with Koning Eizenberg include a competition and exhibition for the New School for Architecture, Building, and Planning at the University of Melbourne and an exhibition and publication for the Uneternal City Urbanism Beyond Rome at the 2008 Venice Biennale.

Nathan's independent work has been exhibited and published in Image and Meaning at MIT international exhibit and publication, Harvard GSD Studio Works, and RISD Work in Progress among others.

Nathan's work focuses on studying how space relates to social and cultural practices while studying methods of representation in architecture. His work often relies on unconventional methods of representation to view spatial relationships in a way that opens pathways for new architectural and urban possibilities.

You Can See SCI-Arc from Beijing

SCI-Arc and Director Eric Owen Moss were profiled in the Chinese magazine Art+Architecture. The story was spread across six full pages and included 17 photos of the school.

An Executor of Columbus' Spirit

This brief summary of points made in the article was provided by SCI-Arc MediaSCAPES student Shaocong Zhou.

Among Chinese students, SCI-Arc and the USC School of Architecture are often confused because of the Chinese translation of the names.

But SCI-Arc is considered the No.1 private architecture school in the U.S.

The campus of the school is unique and there is power in the old train station. The long, renovated building houses a dynamic of multiple events and special exhibitions. Students attend seminars and studios—and are all creative and enthusiastic.

Director Moss compares Columbus's exploration and search for the New World in trying to depict the spirit of education at SCI-Arc. Software is just a tool; it is the idea matters.

In describing the education process, he says the responsibility of the teacher is to share knowledge, but also to encourage students to go their own way.

Free creativity and critique is the reason behind SCI-Arc's success. When asked to describe the school, Moss uses the Chinese character for "new."

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