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Visiting Artist

Ken Lambert

Ken came of age believing the meaning of life to be sports, until the meaning of life became sports and mathematics. While he tried to find some zeal for law school, the faculty frowned upon his studying for finals in jail.  So he applied to medical school, where he found his grail -- the beauty and function of human structure. After forty years of orthopedic surgery, Ken is now obsessed with biomimetics and quantum physics.  

Visiting artist at Arts Letters & Numbers Summer Workshop 2015.

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Visiting Artist

Lisa Landrum

In between her undergraduate and graduate studies, Lisa performed seven years of diverse architectural work in New York City and earned her professional license in New York State. She is a registered member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC), the Manitoba Association of Architects (MAA), and Architecture for Humanity (AfH).

Lisa has been an Assistant Professor in the Department of Architecture at the University of Manitoba since 2008, having previously taught at McGill University in Montreal, Carleton University in Ottawa, Norwich University in Vermont, and at international summer workshops in Rotterdam and Helsinki. She teaches vertical design studios, graduate seminars and undergraduate lectures in the History and Theory of Modern and Pre-modern Architecture.

Dr. Lisa Landrum completed her PhD in the History and Theory of Architecture at McGill University in 2010. Her dissertation explores the mythic bases and poetic origins of architectural acts by interpreting two ancient Greek plays in which the protagonist is called “architect” while directing a scheme of transformation for the common good. These architect-protagonists and the plots they lead not only provide insight into the emergent role of architects in the fifth century BCE, but also vividly dramatize certain representative deeds and ethical dilemmas that remain (to this day) integral to an architect's performance.

Lisa’s research, more generally, encompasses topics in history, theory and design, including: architectural representation, especially dramatic modes of representation implicit in architectural work; representations of architects in drama (from Aristophanes to Ionesco); stories and myths about architectural beginnings; the reciprocity of theatre and architecture, as well as literature and architecture; the creative role of metaphor for architects; and phenomenological, hermeneutic and humanities-based approaches to interpreting contemporary architecture. Lisa has presented aspects of her research at various international conferences. Her publications include two book chapters: “Performing Theoria: Architectural Acts in Aristophanes’ Peace” in Architecture as a Performing Art; and “Ensemble Performances: Architects and Justice in Athenian Drama” in Architecture and Justice: Judicial Meanings in the Public Realm. Other publications include “History and Histrionics: Dramatizing Architectural Inquiry” in Made: Design Education & the Art of Making (University of North Carolina, 2010). Lisa is a member of the Architectural Humanities Research Association (AHRA), the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH), and the International Society for the Philosophy of Architecture (ISPA).

Lisa’s creative research also involves devising ephemeral events, including a series of group costumes and pageantry devices that have been collaboratively constructed and performed in public parades. Lisa has exhibited this work, which explores the political and ritual dimensions of collective aesthetic experience, in New York, Berlin, Montreal and Winnipeg.

Visiting artist at Arts Letters & Numbers Summer Workshop 2013.

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Visiting Artist

Ted Landrum

Ted Landrum (b 1968) has practised and taught architecture in the United States and Canada. From the beginning, poetry has played a vital role in this creative and critical work. Ted is currently preparing a collection of "archi-poems" called Midway Radicals. These – and other artistic projects – probe the productive terrain between architecture and poetry, and between myriad other topics, places and agencies that are usually kept categorically distinct.

Visiting artist at Arts Letters & Numbers Summer Workshop 2013.

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Kyna Leski

Kyna Leski is a founding principal of 3SIXØ Architecture. 3six0 bases its practice upon a redefinition of a given problem, setting in play the direction and momentum of a solution that is tailored to the specific situation of each project. The Rhode Island AIA has bestowed its top honors on 3SIXØ 17 times and the Boston Society of Architects has awarded 3SIXØ four times. In 2002 Architectural Record named 3SIXØ one of ten “vanguard” architecture firms emerging worldwide and in 2008 Architectural Record recognized 3SIXØ for “Record Interiors.” Faith and Form awarded their chapel design in 2009.  Kyna's design for a house of visual shadows, which she calls, “Dream House” was awarded first place out of 480 entries in the Shinkenchiku Residential Design Competition in 1998. Architect Shin Takamatsu, the author of the theme of that year’s competition, “A House as a Poetic Space,” and judge of the competition, stated, “. . . the project by Kyna Leski was outstanding. Light undergoes variations and dislocations and becomes architecture. It is an architecture, which resembles the topography of light. The process undergoes both interruptions and leaps forward. Each moment it becomes more complex, and attains a new depth of beauty. The architecture is woven into it. It is true poetry.”This project was published in Modern House 2 by Claire Melhuish (Phaidon Press, 2004). In 1997 the Architectural League of New York selected Kyna Leski as a winner of its annual “Young Architects Competition.” 

Kyna Leski is a Professor of Architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design. She is the author of the first semester architecture design curriculum, given for seventeen years to over 1600 students. A book on this pedagogy, The Making of Design Principles, was published in 2007. Professor Leski has taught Architecture, Foundation Studies and Industrial Design and served as the head of the RISD European Honors Program in Rome from 1993 to 1995. The primary focus of her teaching research is the creative process and its workings across a broad spectrum of disciplines. Currently, she is writing a book, called Storm's-eye View: Tracing the Creative Arc.  


Statement by Kyna Leski:

“I explore, witness, and practice the creative process through my work and my teaching. As a child, I was reprimanded for “getting bored easily,” and now I see that weakness, like all “weaknesses,” as a strength. (Getting bored keeps me moving ahead.) I live in a city whose name, (“pro-videre”) signifies what creativity is: a process of “seeing ahead.” We "see ahead" when we make designs that are materialized in the future, when we write problems that anticipate solutions, when we link one step to another in navigating our lives and the way through anything, especially the empty page, writer’s block, confusion, chaos, needs, and questions. The creative process is the story of this passage and speaks for the author, to the user, the reader, inhabitant, audience or viewer. I have listened and observed these workings as a teacher, a student, a maker, a writer and an architect myself. As an educator I am dedicated to embodied learning, to the precision of mind that comes from measured making and to the clarity of abstraction. As a student, an aspiring/practicing actor and witness I seek to learn something, to be surprised by the author’s soul voice and to find coherence where there wasn’t any. As a maker of things, designer, and writer, I dwell in uncertainty, follow poetry as a process, reason with material, construct, deconstruct and reconstruct—conceptual clarity appearing as a guide. I watch the sunrise almost everyday from a rowing shell, am moved to tears by honesty, and take dreams very seriously.”
 

Kyna Leski earned a B.Arch from The Cooper Union School of Architecture in 1985 and M.Arch from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design in 1988. She is an avid rower who can be found most mornings before dawn on the Seekonk River and Narragansett Bay in Providence.

Visiting artist at Arts Letters & Numbers Summer Workshop 2013.

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Visiting Artist

Evan Cory Levine

Evan Cory Levine is an entertainer, producer, and electronics whiz living in Philadelphia, PA. Since moving to the city in 2011, he has become an in-demand guitarist and vocalist for numerous ensembles specializing in jazz music of the 1920's, including The Josh Fialkoff Quartet, The Perseverance Jazz Band, Drew Nugent & The Midnight Society, and the Red Hot Ramblers. Levine also leads his own groups, performs in The Mahogany Stompers, a duo with percussionist Julius Masri, and The Howling Kettles, an old-timey trio with members spread across the United States.

Levine is also an active producer, has worked extensively as a live sound technician, and builds electronic equipment to use in his home studio and in his solo experimental project, Our Boy.

Visiting artist at Arts Letters & Numbers Summer Workshop 2013.

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