Emerging Voices:



Emerging Voices: LA DALLMAN; L.E.FT
James Dallman & Grace La; Makram El Kadi, Ziad Jamaleddine, & Naji Moujaes

Wednesday, March 10, 2010
6:45 p.m.
New Museum
235 Bowery
1.5 HSW CEUs

The second evening of the 27th annual Emerging Voices lecture series, featuring LA DALLMAN and L.E.FT.

EV10-LDA-02-Marsupial-LDAPhotoFounded in 1999, the Milwaukee design studio LA DALLMAN, led by Grace La and James Dallman, has explored architecture “as transformed site, reshaping the raw materials of found and abstracted landscape.” LA DALLMAN’s projects include the Miller Brewing Company’s Employee Meeting Center, Milwaukee; Milwaukee Montessori School Open-air classroom; Rust Belt House, Fox Point, WI; and the UWM Hillel Student Center, Milwaukee. Recently, LA DALLMAN’s Marsupial Bridge and Urban Spaces in Milwaukee received the Silver Medal of the national Bruner Award for Urban Excellence.

The firm is the recipient of a number of AIA Wisconsin Honor and Merit awards and has exhibited widely. Their work has been featured in the monograph LA DALLMAN: Fabricated Landscapes, as well as Architectural Record, Praxis Journal of Building + Writing, TOPOS, a + t, and Azure. James Dallman received his B.S. in Architecture from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and his M.Arch from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He is currently an invited critic at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. Grace La received her B.A. in Visual and Environmental Studies from Harvard University and her M.Arch from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. She is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee.


EV10-left-baabdat-residence-modelL.E.FT is a New York City-based architecture collective comprised of architects Makram El Kadi, Ziad Jamaleddine and Naji Moujaes. Established in 2001, L.E.FT is “dedicated to examining the intersections of cultural and political productions as they relate to the built environment…A focus on unconventional interpretations of architecture is posited as a design onset, redefining the relationship between the architectural object and both its context and its users from a social as well as an aesthetic perspective.” Currently, in construction are its designs of the Beirut Exhibition Center; Art Gallery, Beirut; and Beirut Marina in collaboration with Steven Holl. Other projects include the Baabdat Residence, Baabdat, Lebanon; and the speculative projects Offshore Urbanism in Lebanon and Terminal City in Dubai.

The firm has been recognized internationally with numerous awards, publications, and exhibitions. The firm was selected in 2002 for participation in the Architectural League’s Young Architects Forum, and as a 2009 finalist for the MoMA/PS1 Young Architects Program. Makram El Kadi received his B.Arch from the American University of Beirut and his M.Arch from Parsons The New School for Design. He currently teaches at Yale University. Ziad Jameleddine received his B.Arch from the American University of Beirut and his M.Arch from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. Naji Moujaes received his B.Arch from the American University of Beirut and his M.Arch from SCI-Arc. The partners combine their architectural practice with research projects they conduct in the form of studios at several universities in the U.S.


Tickets are free for League members; $10 for non-members. Members may reserve a ticket by e-mailing: rsvp@archleague.org. Member tickets will be held at the check-in desk; unclaimed tickets will be released fifteen minutes after the start of the program. Non-members may purchase tickets here, beginning one week before each program until six hours before the program start. Purchased tickets are available for pick-up at the venue check-in desk and are non-refundable.

For more information, email info@archleague.org or call 212.753.1722 x13. AIA and New York State continuing education credits are available.

Emerging Voices is generously supported by Maharam. The Emerging Voices program is also supported by the Next Generation Fund of the Architectural League. For a listing of contributions to the Next Generation Fund, please click here.

Architectural League programs are supported, in part, by public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

From top left to bottom right: L.E.FT, Terminal City. Courtesy of L.E.FT; LA DALLMAN, Rust Belt House. Photo: Kevin Miyazaki; LA DALLMAN, The Marsupial Bridge. Photo: LA DALLMAN; L.E.FT, Baadbdat Residence Model. Courtesy of L.E.FT.

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