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Fall 11-1-2018


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Jennifer Bonner is Director of MALL, assistant professor at Harvard University Graduate School of Design and director of the Master in Architecture II Program. Born in Alabama, Jennifer founded MALL—a creative practice for art and architecture—in 2009. MALL stands for Mass Architectural Loopty Loops or Maximum Arches with Limited Liability, an acronym with built-in flexibility. By engaging with “ordinary architecture,” such as gable roofs and everyday materials, Bonner playfully reimagines architecture in her field. Her work has received an AR Award for Emerging Architecture (Architectural Review), an Emerging Voices Award (AIA/Young Architects Forum) and has been published in Architect Magazine, a+t, DAMn, PLAT, Offramp, and MAS Context. She is the founder of A Guide to the Dirty South, editor of Platform: Still Life, and guest editor of ART PAPERS: Special Architecture + Design Issue.

Brandon Clifford is the director and co-founder of Matter Design. He is also an assistant professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His work at Matter Design is focused on advancing architectural research through spectacle and mysticism. He is best known for captivating new ideas by critically evaluating ancient ways of thinking and experimenting with their value today. This work ranges from an award-winning play structure for kids to megalithic sculptures that come to life to perform tasks. Brandon is dedicated to re-imagining the role of the architect. His speculative work continues to provoke new directions for design in the digital era.

Kyle Miller is an assistant professor at the Syracuse University School of Architecture and co-founder of Possible Mediums. His design research has been supported by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts and has been included in the AIA Emerging Professionals Exhibition and shown at the A+D Museum in Los Angeles, Harvard GSD, and Yale School of Architecture. Miller’s writing has been published in Monu, Pidgin, Project, Offramp, PLAT, Room One Thousand, Fresh Punches, and the Journal for Architectural Education. He previously taught at the University of Kentucky College of Design and the University of California - Los Angeles Department of Architecture and Urban Design, and worked professionally in Milwaukee, Los Angeles, and most recently for Ben van Berkel and Caroline Bos with UNStudio in Amsterdam. Miller is a graduate of the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning and the University of California – Los Angeles Department of Architecture and Urban Design, where he earned his professional degree and was awarded the AIA Henry Adams Medal and Certificate.


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