Friday, October 8, 2010
W.M. Keck Lecture Hall
Juan Azulay (B.Arch '89) is the director of the 11-year old Los Angeles-based firm Matter Management. His award-winning practice ranges widely in discipline, methodology and media, spanning works in architecture, such as the Aquatic Terrarium for the New Barcelona Zoo (2001) and a winning entry to the MAK's Vertical Garden Competition (2006) to film, including the eco-critical feature essay The Blue of Noon (2010) and Flood Stains (2010), co-written with No Wave legend Lydia Lunch.
MM’s focus lies on investigating, representing and innovating prototypes for the fringe areas between technology and nature by using the strategic combination of architecture, media arts, film and urbanism. Current projects at MM include a master plan for Shaoxing, a 7,000-year-old city Shaoxing in China, a media concept store in Hollywood and the direction of short film Raven.
Azulay has been widely published in contemporary global media. Especially noteworthy are a review for his Vivarium project on LOG, the featuring of the MAK t6 Vacant project on the cover of Liat Margolis and Alexander Robinson’s book on experimental landscape architecture and his Aquaterrari for the New Barcelona Zoon in Fernandez Galiano’s Arquitectura Viva. He has also written for Quaderns and Abitare and has been the subject of a DVD in conversation with Eric Owen Moss and and interview for Harvard University’s Latin American Review. MM is also listed as producer of eight films in the International Movie database (imdb).
Azulay received his B.Arch from SCI-Arc and his Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design (MsAAD) from Columbia University. He is currently on the Design and Visual Studies faculty at SCI-Arc, teaching design studio in the Graduate Programs as well as the MediaSCAPES program. He has taught visiting studios at Columbia University’s GSAPP, University of Miami and ETSAV in Barcelona.