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Galo Canizares

  • Yessios Visiting Assistant Professor, Architecture Section
231 Knowlton Hall
614-247-7730

Galo Canizares is a 2018-19 Yessios Visiting Assistant Professor at the Knowlton School, and was the school's 2016-17 Howard E. LeFevre ’29 Emerging Practitioner Fellow. He holds a Master of Architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Environmental Design from the College of Architecture and Planning at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

In 2014, Canizares founded office ca, a research and design collaborative that investigates alternate methods for architectural practice. Some recurring themes of the practice include absurdity, genre fiction, conspiracy theories, world-making, storytelling, simulation, and most recently, the parafictional. At the Knowlton School, he will expand on some of these themes in a series of happenings which revisit performance as a means of architectural re-presentation and investigation.

Canizares has worked as a designer in the offices of NADAAA, Kennedy & Violich, and Kyu Sung Woo. His writings have been published in PLAT Journal, eVolo Magazine, CLOG, SOILED, and has lectured widely. Before joining the Knowlton School, he taught at Syracuse University.

Recent Work

For Scale

For Scale was commissioned for the show, 3-Ways at the A+D Museum in Los Angeles. Somewhere between a Dwell(R) photoshoot gone wrong and an absurdist Ikea(R) app, For Scale calls attention to designers’ reliance on prefabricated objects to communicate scale. It is a game in which users populate a scene with typical items used to give a sense of scale in architectural graphics. Items range from couch cushions to laptops to walking figures. The twist is that all items have an unexpected behavior when added to the scene; some are attracted to other objects, while others wonder aimlessly around the space.