A Room in Camp’s Mansion
Susan Sontag defined ‘camp’ as a cult sensibility formed around an appreciation for artifice. With earnest love for failure and exaggeration, this ‘camp’ provides a queer way of seeing through the moral seriousness of modernity.
Summer Camp is the rural cousin to Sontag’s, a heterotopia in the woods. With a formal language of vernacular theatricality, its architecture enables spaces for domestic collectivity and the rehearsal of plastic folklores.
These ‘camps’ produce two conflicting queer sensibilities that could generate a contemporary architecture of the urban pastoral. Between them we find a method for making ‘camp’ as a disobedient architecture of everyday estrangement.
Harvard Graduate School of Design
Thesis advised by Jennifer Bonner
Two two-in-ones for two in one.
A beach house and surf shack, each with oversized sleeping attics, share one lazy roof.
The Grandest Canyon
Trash is imagined as a third and indeterminate state of matter that might help us deal with the problem of deep architectural time. Too purposeless to belong to the world of objects, not blank enough to be fully absorbed into thing-ness, Trash is an outcast - the indeterminate midpoint between object and thing. It sits uncomfortably unstuck in time, awaiting entropy but not fully dissolved.
The tools of architecture are here applied to various collections of trash in order to understand the structures of this indeterminate world of matter. Orthography applied to trash reads like the opposite of archaeology, embracing obscurity and undermining specificity. In drawings, the seemingly stable rules of projection are mis-used to produce disorder and inscrutability, positioning the architect as the possible opposite of the archaeologist, diving head-first into the strange pseudo-structures of entropy.
︎Published in Issue 01 of See/Saw
Harvard Graduate School of Design
Mack Scogin studio
An identity and brand framework for Ribbon Health, a health care data platform that provides the critical infrastructure that payers, providers, and digital health solutions need to enable accurate provider directories, reliable referral management, and efficient care navigation.
The brand prioritizes simple, friendly, and empathetic communication designed to cut through the noise. We worked together to outline values and construct a visual identity with kindness at its core.
Los Angeles’ history of loose construction seems to confound the very real problems the city faces in a rapidly deteriorating climate and severe crisis of housing. The cheap and dirty methods of building with which we’ve grown comfortable now seem wasteful and shortsighted. Our impulse is to tighten things up: seal the gaps, sink the foundation, and accumulate layers of protection on building skins.
Our entry for Low-Rise: Housing Ideas for Los Angeles proposes a looser alternative, a radically sustainable typology that adapts LA’s blasé vernacular to the city’s new priorities. With a non-commital attitude towards its own site, a commitment to stupidly smart assemblies, carbon-hungry hemp-based materials, and a communal approach to outdoor living, we feel that the very looseness that has helped push the city to the brink of crisis could in fact become its saving grace.
With Jonathan Rieke, Benzion Rodman, and Morgan Starkey January 2021