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Jake Matatyaou: Words, Buildings, Images

Friday, Oct 31, 1pm
Room 160

“If centuries ago [script] began gradually to lie down, passing from the upright inscription to the manuscript resting on sloping desks before finally taking itself to bed in the printed book, it now begins just as slowly to rise again from the ground. The newspaper is read more in the vertical than in the horizontal plane, while film and advertisement force the printed word entirely into the dictatorial perpendicular.” - Walter Benjamin, One Way Street (1928)

Digital interfaces organize attention through processes of framing which produce physical and psychic effects that inform how individuals relate to their environment and to each other. Given the increased blurring of private and public space caused by changes in norms of behavior that today’s screens enable, what is architecture’s role in mediating the relationship between digital interfaces and the human body?

This talk examines the ways in which digital interfaces trouble accepted notions of how individuals receive images and read text – and the place of architecture in these exchanges – through a close reading of Walter Benjamin's dictatorial perpendicular.

Jake Matatyaou is an educator, researcher, and designer based in Los Angeles, California. Motivated by exchanges across the disciplines of philosophy, politics, art, and architecture, his built and theoretical projects address questions of material and immaterial modes of cultural production and reception. Matatyaou received a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from UCLA in 2001, a Ph.D. from the Department of Political Science at Northwestern University in 2008, and an M.Arch from Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation in 2012. He has worked in the offices of Leong Leong Architects, Bernard Tschumi Architects, and is the principal of the research and design practice June. Jake also shapes surfboards for his label June Surfboards (

Sandra Yum: Growing Pains

Fri, Nov 7, 1pm
Room 160

Approaching the architectural practice from the perspective of a student, the lecture hopes to disassemble the notion of “star-chitect” practices and develop an understanding of the often times chaotic and non-linear inspirations and incidents that lead a practice to a “finished” design. By recounting through personal experience, the lecture will look at specific projects done under the Office for Metropolitan Architecture, as well as one’s own work to understand the growing pains of a young architect, and the optimistic will that inspires design.

Sandy Yum is the principal of XO,Axo with offices in New York and Los Angeles.

Currently teaching at SCI-Arc, her design and research interests range from large urban scale architectural interventions to small furniture designs, with an emphasis on reexamining typologies and their contemporary definitions. Yum received her Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University and a Master of Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design. She has worked under several distinguished International firms, most recently of which she was Project Lead at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture, New York. She has worked on many award-winning projects with highly acclaimed international status.

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