THIS X THAT’s Architecture 101 series is an introductory conversation series with emerging American architecture offices structured around different themes in architecture and design. The series is intended to bring ideas about architecture and design to a broader audience through informal presentations and discussion.
2: beyond buildings
"Beyond Buildings" took the form of a dialogue among six emerging American architectural designers, all of whom have designed objects featured in the THIS X THAT X MOCA Store pop-up as well as the display itself. Taking place at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA on March 17, 2018, each of the participants discussed object and installation design as an extension of their own architectural practices. Participating designers included Jonathan Louie and Nicole McIntosh of Architecture Office, Erin and Ian Besler of Besler & Sons, and Joanna Grant and Jimenez Lai of BUREAU SPECTACULAR.
The first program in the series took place at the Standard, Downtown Los Angeles and focused on architectural interiors and featured presentations from four emerging architecture offices: Besler & Sons, BUREAU SPECTACULAR, First Office, and The Los Angeles Design Group. Each office was invited to re-think a historic architectural interior earlier in the year as part of the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial. Participants were asked to use these projects as the starting point for a larger conversation about each office’s unique approach to designing interior environments. A salon-style discussion with the audience followed.