graduate media design program


Saturday, February 19
6 pm Doors Open
7 – 9 pm Readings and Screenings

Wind Tunnel Gallery
South Campus
Art Center College of Design
950 S. Raymond Ave
Pasadena, CA 91105





Denise Gonzales Crisp
Designer, Writer
Zoe Crosher
Alexandra Grant
Michael Joyce
Tom Marble
Architect, Author
Michael Meredith/MOS
Architect, Filmmaker
Keith Mitnick
Architect, Author
Janet Sarbanes


This special evening features an eclectic group of designers, artists and writers for whom writing or other narrative forms operate in a critical dialogue with visual practice. Concluding discussion with Leonardo Bravo of Big City Forum.


Denise Gonzales Crisp is a Professor in the Graphic Design Department of the School of Design at North Carolina State University, and principal of the occasional design studio SuperStove! Denise’s design and writing have appeared in many international magazines, exhibitions and anthologies, including All Access: The Making of Thirty Extraordinary Graphic Designers (2006), Design Research: Methods and Perspectives(2003) and Design Dictionary (2008).

Zoe Crosher is an artist living in Los Angeles. Her work has been exhibited internationally in Vancouver, Rotterdam, Los Angeles and New York City. In addition to her exhibition practice, she has a monograph, Out the Window (LAX), examining space and transience around the Los Angeles airport, and an upcoming monograph on her newest project The Reconsidered Archive of Michelle duBois, to be published by Aperture Books. Crosher recently served as visiting faculty at the University of California, Los Angeles and Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, as well as associate editor at the journal Afterall. She has upcoming projects planned with LAXART (September 2010 billboard) and the 2010 California Biennial.

Tom Marble, AIA, is a native Angeleno who earned architecture degrees from UC Berkley and Yale. Tom is co-writer of The Spirit In Architecture: John Lautner. After working for firms as diverse as Morphosis and SOM, Rios Associates and The Irvine Company, Tom opened his own practice, Marble Architecture in 2001. Focusing on the design of buildings, cities, and stories, Marble Architecture is concerned as much with what buildings mean as how they are built or function. Tom's book, After the city, this (is how we live), a romantic comedy about architecture and urbanism, was published by the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design in 2008.

Michael Meredith is Assistant Professor of Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. His professional practice engages interdisciplinary discourses, ranging from art to technology, producing a spectrum of design work which includes furniture, products, sound, speculative architecture projects and residences in New York, Ontario, Texas, and California. Recently he was a finalist for the design of the Pentagon 9-11 memorial and the PS1/MoMA Young Architects competition. In 1998, he was a winner of the Young Architects Competition at the Architectural League of New York. His design work has been published in Architecture, Architectural Record, Casa Brutus, Competitions, McSweeney's, the New York Times, Oculus and Surface. His writings have appeared in A+U and Artforum. In 2003 he was a resident at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, and in 2000 he received a residency at the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas.

Keith Mitnick is Associate Professor of Architecture at The University of Michigan where he held the 2000 Sanders Fellowship in Architecture. Prior to coming to Michigan he taught at The University of California, Berkeley and is a founder of the design practice Mitnick Roddier Hicks. He has received several design and research awards including a Graham Foundation grant and The Burnham Prize Fellowship to the American Academy in Rome. He has published essays on his own design work as well as that of Diller+Scofidio and Eduardo Souto Moura.

The work of Mitnick Roddier Hicks has been featured as part of the Emerging Practices series in Architectural Record as well as the On the Boards series in Architecture Magazine, and has been exhibited in Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, New York and Paris. The firm has received numerous awards including the 2004 Young Architects Forumaward from the Architectural League of New York, The Unbuilt Architecture award from the Boston Society of Architects, and an Honorable Mention for their entry to the San Francisco AIDS Memorial Competition. Their recently constructed Split/View pavilion is on permanent exhibition on the grounds of the Philbrook Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and will be included in the upcoming publication XS Green: Big Ideas, Small Buildings. Mitnick Roddier Hicks are among ten international firms featured in Architectural Record’s 2005 Design Vanguard awards issue. His book, Artificial Light, was published by Princeton Architectural Press in 2008.

image:Michael Meredith