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Andrew Atwood & Anna Neimark / First Office

Gui Auditorium / Knowlton Hall
January 25, 2017 - 5:30pm

Anna Neimark and Andrew Atwood of First Office will present recent projects, including buildings, models and mobile apps in the lecture "A Postconceptual Position" in Knowlton Hall’s Gui Auditorium at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 25. The talk is free and open to the public. In 2011, Neimark and Atwood founded First Office in downtown Los Angeles. The practice covers a variety of scales, from furniture design to building headquarters, landscape interventions and conceptual installations.

Neimark and Atwood’s work and writing show a commitment to expanding the role of architecture in the public realm and to bringing the community into a closer relationship with art and architecture. Built projects include a collaboration on the Pinterest Office Headquarters in San Francisco, a temporary Screening Room at the MAK Center for Art and Architecture, a One-Room House in Los Angeles and a rehabilitation of a Shotgun House in Lexington, Kentucky. Collaborative texts have been published widely, including in architecture journals Log, PerspectaProject, and Think Space Pamphlets. A selection of essays and projects have been compiled in a small book, Nine Essays by First Office, published by Graham Foundation’s Treatise: Why Write Alone. First Office has received numerous honors in competitions and has notably been awarded the Architectural League Prize in 2015.

Anna Neimark is Full-Time Faculty at the Southern California Institute of Architecture. Prior to joining the faculty at SCI-Arc, Neimark taught at the University of Southern California and worked at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture in Rotterdam and New York. Her published writings include "On White on White" in Log and "The Infrastructural Monument" in Future Anterior. She is currently working on some prehistoric stone formation, called Dolmens, to develop a formal conversation on these rude stone monuments. Neimark holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Princeton University and a Master of Architecture from Harvard's Graduate School of Design (GSD).

Andrew Atwood is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design. He has taught at both SCI-Arc and USC where he offered design studios and visual studies seminars. His work centers on techniques of representation as historical and conceptual instruments and how they specifically relate to the production of architecture and architectural pedagogy. His machines, drawings and other works have been exhibited widely, including shows at the Beijing Biennale, the Pacific Design Center, and the SCI-Arc Gallery. His published writings include recent articles in Log and Project journals. Atwood holds a Master of Architecture from Harvard GSD and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Richmond.