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LECTURES: Fri, November 1, 2013

Bryony Roberts: In-Discrete Architecture

Faculty Talk
Friday, Nov 1, 1pm
The Steps

Intro by John Enright
Moderated by Todd Gannon

With the topic of In-Discrete Architecture, Bryony Roberts discusses her research and design work on altering the relationship between contemporary and existing architecture. In-Discrete Architecture mines the formal and cultural potential of cannibalizing existing architecture to create hybrids of old and new. From cutting a datum through Manhattan to filling the negative voids of the Neutra VDL House, Roberts’ projects resist the division between architectural innovation and historic preservation by manipulating existing conditions into new forms. Examining how cultural frameworks shape the field’s engagement with its own history, Roberts argues for the relevance of compound forms for contemporary practice.

Bryony Roberts teaches architecture at SCI-Arc in Los Angeles and is the principal of Bryony Roberts Studio, a Los Angeles-based research and design practice. After earning her BA from Yale University in Studio Art and Humanities, she spent several years designing and building site-specific art installations in New York and Berlin. She subsequently earned her Masters in Architecture at Princeton University, and worked in the architectural practices of WORKac in New York and Mansilla + Tuñón in Madrid before starting her own architectural research and design practice.

Her practice operates at a range of scales, from installations to residential architecture to urban design proposals, and has exhibited work in Los Angeles, Houston, Berlin, and Rome. She previously taught as a Wortham Teaching Fellow at the Rice School of Architecture, and last summer was the Artist-in-Residence at the Neutra VDL Studio and Residences.

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