SVA MA Design Research

SVA MA Design Research, Writing & Criticism1 is a one-year graduate program2
devoted to the study of design, its contexts & consequences.
Our graduates have gone on to pursue research-related careers in publishing, education, museums, institutes, design practice, entrepreneurship, & more.3

  1. Formerly known as D-Crit
  2. About the program
  3. Applications accepted on a rolling basis. All successful candidates awarded a significant scholarship!
SVA MA Design Research

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Ignacio G. Galán, “Architecture’s Occupations” – SVA MA Design Research

Ignacio G. Galán, “Architecture’s Occupations”

To occupy suggests something more than merely inhabiting or residing, as it emphasizes the act of taking over a space and challenges architecture’s relation to permanence, property, and identity. In this talk, Ignacio G. Galán will address the ways in which architecture is appropriated by different populations, utilized for diverse programs, and mobilized with disparate meanings in its occupation as a speculation running through a number of his projects. In particular, he will focus on the installation “Cinecittà Occupata” presented at the 2014 Venice Architectural Biennale and the curatorial project for the upcoming fall 2016 Oslo Architecture Triennale: After Belonging, of which he is the chief curator with the After Belonging Agency.

Ignacio G. Galán is a New York based architect and scholar. He was trained at TU Delft and ETSAMadrid, and graduated as a Fulbright Scholar from the MArchII at Harvard GSD. He has been a Fellow at the Spanish Academy in Rome, and is a PhD Candidate at Princeton University. As the Principal of [igg—office for architecture], his designs have been awarded in different competitions including the First Prize for the New Velodrome in Medellín, and he has been nominated to the 2014 Iakov Chernikhov Prize. His work has resulted in different publications and exhibitions including the installation “Cinecittá Occupata” for the 2014 Venice Biennale by invitation of the general curator Rem Koolhaas, and he is chief curator of Oslo Architecture Triennale 2016 together with the After Belonging Agency. Galán teaches studios and seminars in different institutions including Columbia GSAPP and PennDesign.
Image: “Checkpoint,” Model © Roxy Paine
Photo: Jason Wyche