The Digital Culture of Contemporary Architectural Drawings
17 September 2019 – 11 January 2020
7 November 2019, 18:30 Roundtable Event
Grace La (LA DALLMAN, Harvard GSD) co-curates with Jeremy Ficca (Carnegie Mellon), and Amy Kulper (RISD), a diverse collection of more than seventy-five contemporary drawings from established and emerging practitioners around the globe. This work is stimulated by a wide range of inputs: from waste, to olfactory clouds; from political borders to airflow; from geometry to speculative forensics. The exhibition is on view from throughout the fall, with a public event hosted by the curators and invited panellists on November 7, 2019, 18:30-21:00. The opening coincides with this year’s London Design Festival and was reviewed by the Royal Institute of British Architects. (Left: CJ Lim, “Ocean Cleaning”).
The curators say “at the crossroads of architecture and information environments, resides the promise and the speculative future of the drawing. Its capacity to structure, imagine, realize, speculate, transform, politicize, and activate makes the drawing an enduring vehicle for the discipline. DRAWING ATTENTION poses the question: can drawings posit possible futures that eschew vaporization and establish architecture as an agile and critical agent in contemporary digital culture?”
RETHINKING PEI: A Centenary Symposium
Harvard University Graduate School of Design
Piper Auditorium, 6:30pm, October 12, 2017
Grace La presents and moderates the roundtable, “Emergence of a Modern Practice,” in which she analyzes the iconic practices of McKim Mead & White and Pei Cobb Freed to define the characteristics of modern practice. La frames the aspirations and challenges of modern practice asking how the agencies of the architect emergent in 20th century practice transformed the conditions under which architecture was produced and perceived. She also questions how the modern architect maintains authorial voice in the context of larger corporate practice. Presenting an overview of I.M. Pei’s work, La discusses the dilemma facing the post-war production of architecture, namely the establishment of an aesthetic or authorial project in the intellectual tradition that followed modernism; and yet, at the same time, subject to the efficiencies, pressures, and benefits of corporate organization. Introduction of the event by Mohsen Mostafavi (Dean, GSD); Speakers include Grace La (GSD and LA DALLMAN), Bill Pedersen (Kohn Pedersen Fox), Li Chung (Sandi) Pei (Pei Partnership Architects), Shohei Shigematsu (OMA), Yvonne Szeto (Pei Cobb Freed).
11.07 Grace La, Jeremy Ficca, Amy Kulper, “DRAWING ATTENTION: Methods, Meaning and Impact,” a roundtable conversation with CJ Lim and Helen Thomas. Presentations by Johnann Just, Jessica In, and Maj Plemenitas. Roca London Gallery, 6:30pm.
10.15 Grace La interviews Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu. “Talking Practice” GSD Practice Platform podcast.
09.17 Grace La, Jeremy Ficca, Amy Kulper, Curators. “DRAWING ATTENTION: the digital culture of contemporary architectural drawings,” Roca Gallery London Exhibition 9.17.19- 1.11.20, featuring international collection of contemporary drawings by established and emerging architects.
07.09 Grace La interviews Preston Scott Cohen. “Talking Practice” GSD Practice Platform podcast.
05.24 Grace La, juror, Rhode Island School of Design Thesis program, Providence, Rhode Island.
04.12 Grace La and Eric Howeler host “First Projects,” GSD Practice Platform, Piper Auditorium, 5pm, featuring Scott Cohen, Gary Hilderbrand, Eric Howeler, Grace La, Mack Scogin, Georgeen Theodore.
03.28 Grace La, Jeremy Ficca, Amy Kulper, Co-Chairs. “Black Box: Articulating Architecture’s Core in the Post-Digital Era,” 107th Annual ACSA National Conference, Pittsburgh, PA.
03.28 Grace La, Jeremy Ficca, Amy Kulper, Curators. “Drawing for the Design Imaginary,” ACSA Exhibition at the Carnegie Museum of Art, and Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA.
01.24 James Dallman and Grace La, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, LA DALLMAN Option Studio launches, The Anamorphic Double: A Bridge for DC.
12.17 Grace La, Juror, University of Virginia School of Architecture Final Reviews.
12.14 James Dallman, Juror, Yale University School of Architecture, Option Studio of Neri Hu.
12.06 James Dallman, Juror, Harvard Graduate School of Design, Core 3 Final Reviews.
12.03 Grace La, Design Advisor, Houghton Library, Harvard University Faculty of Arts & Sciences.
11.07 Grace La, Panelist and review monograph, The Work of Machado and Silvetti.
10.26 James Dallman, Grace La, Jurors, Yale University School of Architecture, Option Studio of Neri Hu.
10.12 Grace La, Moderator and co-host: Outside In | Inside Out, Harvard GSD Practice Symposium.
09.28 Grace La, Panelist, Rhode Island School of Design Thesis Colloquium.
09.20 Talking Practice launches, hosted by Grace La, Harvard GSD Practice Platform podcast series.
08.28 LA DALLMAN and REED HILDERBRAND complete master plan for Harvard University campus.
05.23 James Dallman and Grace La, Rhode Island School of Design, Final Reviews.
03.30 Grace La chairs jury, Rotch Travelling Scholarship, Finalist Competition, Boston Society of Architects.
03.15 Grace La, “Preserve: Polity, Memory, Sense,” JAE Special Session, ACSA National Conference, Denver, CO.
02.15 James Dallman Rhode Island School of Design, Advanced Studio Launches, Civic Terraform.
02.15 James Dallman appointed Visiting Design Critic, Rhode Island School of Design.
01.22 LA DALLMAN featured in group Exhibition, "Inscriptions-Architecture before speech", Harvard University Graduate School of Design.
01.18 BSA Awards Ceremony reveals that LA DALLMAN wins Boston Society of Architects Unbuilt Honor Award for Industrial Capriccio, Floating Garden, from among 59 blind submissions.
01.06 Harvard University short-lists LA DALLMAN as of 1 of 10, from 75 candidates, for cultural project.
01.03 LA DALLMAN honored with the William Lyon Somerville Visiting Lectureship, University of Calgary, Canada.
07.28 City of Cudahy commissions LA DALLMAN to design the Cudahy Downtown Public Space.
07.06 LA DALLMAN’S Waterlily Landing wins Boston Society of Architects Unbuilt Design Award.
07.06 LA DALLMAN’S Industrial Capriccio, Floating Garden wins Boston Society of Architects Unbuilt Design Award.
06.19 LA DALLMAN’S Bridge and Urban Spaces, exhibited in “La Ville en Marchant”, Archipel Centre de Culture Urbaine.
06.01 Harvard University Joint Center for Housing Studies awards Grace La grant for “Peter Pan Housing.”
04.01 Grace La, Juror, Wallenburg Jury & Symposium, University of Michigan.
03.01 Grace La, Jury Chair, ACSA Faculty Design Award.
02.28 Grace La, “Disciplinary Matter in the Expanded Field,” American University of Sharjah.
02.15 Grace La, Moderator, “Emergence of a Modern Practice,Re-thinking Pei: A Centenary Symposium". Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Oct. 18, 2017.
01.06 Grace La, Design Advisor, Harvard University Law School, Lewis Hall Renovation
12.11 Grace La, Juror, Undergraduate Final Reviews, University of Virginia.
12.08 Harvard GSD Final Reviews, Options Studio of Grace La and James Dallman, Unfolding Civic Surfaces: Auditoria as Terraform.
12.06 Grace La, Juror, Thesis & Studio Reviews, Cornell University College of Architecture, Art & Planning.
06.01 LA DALLMAN opens Boston office!
05.23 Grace La, Juror,“ Northern Avenue Bridge Competition,” City of Boston and the Boston Society of Architects. Also, La was interviewed by WGBH.
03.15 Grace La, “Geometry and the Orthographic Projection,” Journal of Architectural Education, Vol. 70, Issue 1.
01.21 LA DALLMAN shortlisted for the Knafel Center Renovation, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.
12.12 James Dallman, Juror, University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture, Comprehensive Studio of Marlon Blackwell.
11.07 Grace La, Lecture, "Disciplinary Matters in the Expanded Field," Arizona AIA Conference, Phoenix, AZ.
10.16 James Dallman and Grace La, Keynote Lecture, "Expanded Fields" AIA Central States Regional Conference, Des Moines, Iowa.
09.12 Grace La, Juror, Southern California Institute of Architecture, SCI-Arc Thesis Reviews, Los Angeles, CA.
08.05 James Corner Field Operations and LA DALLMAN, Finalists, Lakefront Gateway Plaza Design Competition, Milwaukee, WI.
08.01 Grace La, Appointed to the Provost's Academic Leadership Forum (PALF), Harvard University. Convening fifteen tenured faculty members from across the university to discuss key topics in academic leadership.
05.01 Grace La, Juror, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT School of Architecture + Planning, Design Fundamental I, Studio of Skylar Tibbets.
05.08 Grace La, Juror, Cornell University School of Architecture, "Raw Nature/Cooked Nature" Studio of Tao DuFour.
04.24 Grace La, Panelist and Speaker, "The Unimagined Artifacts of the Imaginary," The Van Alen Institute / GSD, Design Competition Conference, Future of Design Competitions Panel.
04.23 James Dallman, Juror, Georgia Tech School of Architecture, Portman Prize Jury, chaired by Julie Snow.
04.13 Grace La, Jay Wickersham, Panelists; Sanda Iliescu, Speaker; "How? Ethics in Making," hosted by WorkingGSD and Women in Design, GSD, April 13, 2015.
04.09 James Dallman, Juror, Boston Society of Architects, Rotch Travelling Scholarship Jury, chaired by Peter Wiederspahn.
11.17 Grace La, "On Practice," Northeastern University School of Architecture.
11.04 Grace La, Paul Nakazawa, Moderators, "Talking Practice," Practice Platform Panel, Harvard University Graduate School of Design featuring David Benjamin, Elena Manferdini, Aaron Sprecher, Ashley Schafer.
10.27 Grace La, Lecture, "Aperture Matter Terrain," University of Arizona School of Architecture.
11.17 Grace La, Paul Nakazawa, Moderators, "Talking Practice," Practice Platform Panel, Harvard University Graduate School of Design featuring David Benjamin, Elena Manferdini, Aaron Sprecher, Ashley Schafer.
10.01 LA DALLMAN'S LightSlabs, exhibited in "Reprogramming the City," Danish Architecture Center, Copenhagen.
09.13 Grace La, "Practical Grace: Designers Face the Future," GSD Campaign, afternoon session.
06.25 Grace La, Speaker and Panelist, Flying Car 2014: People Powered Innovation Conference, Greater Milwaukee Committee. Grace La presents an intimate view of LA DALLMAN's work process and design culture.
04.24 James Dallman, Keynote Lecture, AIA Toledo Design Awards Banquet, LA DALLMAN serves as Jury Chairs, AIA Toledo Design Awards, March 2014. The Design Awards Program recognizes design excellence for private and public projects and honors works of distinction located in Northwest Ohio.
04.08 Grace La and James Dallman, "On Intergration," Harvard University Graduate School of Design,
Inaugural Lecture, Piper Auditorium. 6:30pm.
04.05 Grace La, Speaker and Panelist, "One HARVARD." The event is established by the Office of the President and the Provost, and is designed to promote a diverse and inclusive graduate community by welcoming newly admitted students to Harvard University.
03.14 The Trestle, designed by LA DALLMAN and engineered by GRAEF, is awarded the 2014 WRMCA Concrete Design Award. The Trestle is Phase IV of Milwaukee’s Crossroads Project, an internationally recognized transformation of underutilized space for public use which includes the Media Garden (Urban Plaza) and the Marsupial Bridge.
05.02 Grace La, Juror, University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture Super Jury
04.25 Grace La, Jury, National Endowment for the Arts, Our Town (Metro Facilities + Public Art) Leadership Initiatives Panel
04.04 Grace La, Respondent, UWM Urban Edge Symposium, "Repositioning Infrastructure"
02.14 Grace La appointed Full Professor with tenure, Harvard University Graduate School of Design.
12.12 Grace La, Juror, University of Virginia School of Architecture Super Jury
11.07 Grace La, Lecture, "Disciplinary Transparency," Louisiana State University School of Architecture
10.19 James Dallman, Juror, 2012 Cleveland Design Competition, Detroit: Superior Bridge Competition
09.23 Grace La, Lecture, "On (the) Discipline," North Carolina State University College of Design
09.12 Drift Public Seating Exhibition of UWM KI Studio, Learning Landscapes, co-taught by Grace La and James Dallman, Discovery World
07.12 National Endowment for the Arts honors the Harmony Project, awarding a grant in support of the design process for this catalytic arts project energizing Milwaukee’s downtown. The Harmony project will be the new home of the Milwaukee Ballet, the UWM Peck School of the Arts Dance Department and the Medical College of Wisconsin.
06.14 Grace La, Juror, US Artists Architecture and Design Panel, Los Angeles, CA
04.20 Third Ward Gallery Night
Architecture Open House: Envisioning Milwaukee's Future
@ LADALLMAN, 225 E. St. Paul Ave.
5pm - 9pm
04.18 Grace La, Lecture, Knowlton School of Architecture, Ohio State University
01.24 James Dallman, CRSI Design Awards Jury, World of Concrete Convention, Las Vegas.
01.19 Grace La, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Thesis Jury.
11.14 Grace La and James Dallman, Lecture, "La Dallman: Selected Work", University of Pennsylvania School of Design
11.09 Grace La, Juror, Honor Award Jury for the 2011 American Institute of Architects Minnesota, 77th Annual Convention
11.09 Grace La, Lecture and Panel Discussion, Honor Award Jury for the 2011 American Institute of Architects Minnesota, 77th Annual Convention
10.18 Grace La and James Dallman, Lecture, "Resonance", Syracuse University, School of Architecture
09.20 Grace La and James Dallman, Lecture, "Re-fabricating the City", National Building Museum, Washington, DC
09.07 Grace La and James Dallman, Lecture, "RDA - Spotlight Award Winners: LA DALLMAN", Brown Auditorium, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
09.01 La Dallman, appointed Visiting Critics, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
05.04 AIA Wisconsin Merit Award recognizing The University of Wisconsin Hillel Student Center, Joseph & Vera Zilber Building, Milwaukee, WI
04.14 Spotlight: The Rice Design Alliance Prize, an international honor that "recognizes exceptionally gifted architects in the early phase of their career." LA DALLMAN is the first United States practice to receive the prize, which was previously awarded to acclaimed architects Antón García-Abril of Spain and Sou Fujimoto of Japan.
04.08 Grace La, Lecture, "LA DALLMAN: Towards an Angle of Repose" Drury University, Hammons School of Architecture
04.07 James Dallman, Distinguished Guest & Speaker, University of North Carolina Charlotte, College of Arts + Architecture, Critical Mass 2011
02.20 Grace La, Lecture, "LA DALLMAN: Architecture and Landform" University of Arkansas, Fay Jones School of Architecture
12.01 "Small Scale: Creative Solutions For Better Living" Princeton Architectural Press
11.01 Grace La, invited as a member of the United States General Services Administration National Registry of Peer Professionals
11.01 Providence River Pedestrian Bridge Competition, Finalist
08.03 Grace La and James Dallman, appointed Design Critics in Architecture, Havard University Graduate School of Design, Fall 2010
07.09 Exhibition at the American Institute of Architects, National Headquarters, "UNSEEN Architecture: MKE"
06.01 Wisconsin Commercial Real Estate Women, Women in Real Estate Leadership Award, Grace La
05.26 Mayor's Design Award, Hillel Student Center, Joseph & Vera Zilber Building
05.30 James Dallman, appointed Visiting Faculty, Arizona State University, Fall 2010
05.19 "What's Holding Us Up?" The Architect's Newspaper
05.17 Grace La and Mike Tennity lecture, "Learning Landscapes" The Metropolis Conference at the ICFF, Design Entrepreneurs: What's Next, Design Innovations Rapid-Fire Presentations, Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
05.09 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Small can be beautiful, too" Hillel Student Center
04.29 James Dallman, panelist, "A View of Our City: The Nexus of Performing Arts and Architecture" Next Generation UPAF panel discussion, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
04.19 "Next Collective Housing in progress" a+t architecture publishers
03.24 Grace La and James Dallman lecture, "LA DALLMAN: Selected Works" University of Puerto Rico, School of Architecture, San Jose
03.10 Grace La and James Dallman lecture, "LA DALLMAN: Architecture & Landform" 2010 Architectural League Emerging Voices Series
03.03 "Emerging Voices 2010: La Dallman" The Architect's Newspaper
03.01 My Midwest, "Milwaukee Gets Creative: La Dallman - A renowned architecture firm has found success by designing according to Milwaukee's specifications,"
02.22 Solo Exhibition at the Carnegie Mellon University School of Architecture, "LA DALLMAN / 90 ft. of Design"
02.22 Grace La and James Dallman lecture, "LA DALLMAN: post-industrial narratives" Carnegie Mellon University School of Architecture
02.08 Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute 2010 Design Award - Residential Buildings, Levy House
01.05 Finalist Emerging Voices, Architectural League of New York,
01.02 Exhibition at the Boston Society of Architects, "Urban Interventions"
11.09 Grace La and James Dallman lecture, "LA DALLMAN, Recent Works" University of Minnesota College of Design, School of Architecture
09.18 Grace La and James Dallman lecture, "LA DALLMAN, Recent Works" University of Nebraska-Lincoln, College of Architecture.
09.02 Exhibition at the Eisner American Museum of Advertising and Design, "UNSEEN Architecture: MKE"
07.01 Topos, "Crossroads Project Milwaukee, Wisconsin"
06.20 SNAPmilwaukee online architectural review by Jim Shields, The Variegated Wall
06.08 SEAOI 2009 Best Small Structural Project Award from Structural Engineers Association of Illinois, Levy House
05.08 Grace La juries the national Bruner Award, Providence, Rhode Island
05.01 James Dallman juries Graduate Thesis Reviews, University of Minnesota School of Architecture, College of Design, Minneapolis
04.30 James Dallman juries Studio Reviews, Carnegie Mellon University School of Architecture, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
04.29 Grace La juries the Wallenburg Competition, University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning, Ann Arbor
04.21 Grace La presentation, "LA DALLMAN: Recent Works," Shorewood Women's Club, Wisconsin
04.03 James Dallman and Grace La lecture, "On Sedimentations, Strata and Other Stuff…" University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Architecture & Urban Planning, Guest Lecture Series
04.02 Published: LA DALLMAN: Fabricated Landscapes
03.30 Exhibition, "LA DALLMAN: Fabricated Landscapes" University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Architecture & Urban Planning, SARUP Gallery
03.27 Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture presents Faculty Design Award to Grace La
Grace La and James Dallman present Levy House at ACSA National Conference, Portland, Oregon
03.06 Grace La lectures "Urban Lost & Found" at the Community Transformation Project, Marquette University
02.23 Grace La and James Dallman lecture, "Post Industrial Fabrications," University of Tennessee - Knoxville College of Architecture + Design, Robert Church Memorial Lecture Series
[View Lecture Online]
02.20 LA DALLMAN's Crossroads Project reviewed in Archidose:17
02.09 Exhibition, "LA DALLMAN: post-industrial fabrications" University of Tennessee - Knoxville College of Architecture + Design
01.15 "Milwaukee's Emerging Talent: Grace La and PJ Murrill", Shepherd Express
02.29 LA DALLMAN, Keynote Address, NOMAS, Mississippi State University College of Architecture, Art + Design
10.23 Grace La, Keynote Address, Milwaukee Home Magazine Annual Awards
09.11 Bruner Award for Urban Excellence, Silver Medal, Ceremony and Press Conference
08.24 Grace La juries AIA Denver Honor Awards
07.01 National Design Competition, Allegheny Center Plaza, Finalist, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
06.15 Published: Skycar City: a preemptive history (Actar), Barcelona, Spain. Edited by Winy Maas and Grace La
04.26 James Dallman and Grace La, invited jurists, California College of the Arts - San Francisco
12.21 MKE "Wonder Women, Powerful and Empowered: 7 who make a difference" Featuring Grace La the design of Great Lakes Future
11.09 International Chazen Museum of Art Expansion Competition Finalist, Madison, Wisconsin
10.15 Milwaukee Magazine, "Walk the Line" Marsupial Bridge
09.20 "West End Pedestrian Bridge Competition" Exhibition-Heinz Architectural Center at the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh
07.15 Azure, "Trolls Begone" Canada Crossroads Project: Urban Plaza
05.29 2nd Prize in International West End Pedestrian Bridge Competition, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
05.11 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The Lowly Becomes Lofty" featuring LA DALLMAN awards
03.15 AIA Wisconsin Honor Award recognizing Marsupial Pedestrian Bridge and Urban Plaza
03.15 AIA Wisconsin Merit Award recognizing Open-Air Classroom, Milwaukee Montessori School
03.01 a+t: In Common III Collective Spaces, "Marsupial Bridge"
03.01 Wisconsin Builder, "The Eyes Have It"