Project currently in Design
Solo Exhibition, Gallery 4Culture, May 2018
MEM(ento): Something to make one remember
MEM(oir): A record of a thing to remember
MEM(orandum): A reminder
MEM(orable): Worth remembering
MEM(orabilia): Things worth remembering
MEM(ory): The ability to recall
For the last two years, my office has been working on a speculative project that investigates the topics of memory and mortality through the lens of architecture. The project began as a personal project, to serve as a means for me to cope with my father’s rapid loss of memory in early 2015. In an attempt to continue a conversation of sorts with my father that I could no longer have otherwise, I decided to design a chapel (“Chapter 3”) adjacent to a winery building that he and I designed twenty years before (“Chapter 2”) but which was never built. The site is a riverfront property in eastern shore Maryland, with a historic brick telescope house overlooking the river (“Chapter 1”).
Following the death of my father in early 2016, the project developed into an ongoing architectural investigation for my office. Entitled ‘MEM’, the project explores architectural typologies such as dwelling, chapel, lighthouse, and memorial. Through drawings, physical models, and written narrative the project features seven allegorical works of architecture which attempt to weave together a story about the significance of memory in our everyday lives.
Three of the seven buildings (Winery, Chapel/Columbarium, and BoatHouse for a Widow) have been designed to date, and have been documented through detailed drawings and models.My time in Rome as a 2016-17 Rome Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Rome provided the opportunity to develop schematic designs for the remaining four structures: a Lighthouse, a Signalhouse, a Carillon Tower, and a Roundhouse. Within these designs can be seen my developing interest in geometry as found in the Colosseum, the Aquaducts, and early christian churches and roman tombs. Also emergent is my interest in typologies, and how we might ‘sample’ them and collage them to create new architectures that still have a strong connection to place. The works of Douglas Darden, Raimund Abraham, Mary-Ann Ray, and John Hejduk have served as guiding inspiration for the project.
We are currently in the process of preparing the project for a solo exhibition at Seattle’s 4Culture Art Gallery during the month of May 2018.