Emerging Voices: Ruy Klein; Taylor and Miller Architecture and Design
Karel Klein & David Ruy; B. Alex Miller & Jeff Taylor
Introduced by Hayes Slade
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
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The third evening of the 29th annual Emerging Voices lecture series, featuring Ruy Klein and Taylor and Miller Architecture and Design.
The New York-based office of David Ruy and Karel Klein, Ruy Klein, examines contemporary design problems “at the intersection of architecture, nature, and technology.” The office describes its investigations within this context: “The devastating technological changes of the last century have marked unusual territories of material production where artificial and natural systems share vague, overlapping boundaries. As architecture grapples with new synthetic regimes, the uncertainties of contemporary material practices unexpectedly opens unexplored possibilities for aesthetic experience and a renegotiation of architecture’s meaning structures.” Ruy Klein’s work includes “Klex,” “Biaxial Bouquet,” and “Knot Garden,” a proposal for PS1. In 2009, Surface Magazine honored the office with the Avant Guardian Award. The office has been a finalist for both the Young Architects Program at MoMA/PS1 and for the Iakov Chernikov Prize.
Karel Klein received her Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and a Master of Architecture from Columbia. She is an Adjunct Associate Professor at The Pratt Institute. David Ruy received his Bachelor of Art from St. John’s College, Annapolis and his Master of Architecture from Columbia. He is an Associate Professor at The Pratt Institute, where he also directs the Network for Emerging Architectural Research.
Jeffrey Taylor and B. Alex Miller founded Taylor & Miller Architecture and Design in 2002. The Brooklyn- and Pittsfield, MA-based studio focuses “on mining materials and ideas from contexts that are most ‘accessible’, both physically and conceptually.” The studio engages deeply in the fabrication and material manipulation for every project. The firm considers “the actions that are taken to modify…materials as the real process of…architecture.” Projects include Pull House, Great Barrington, MA; Sanctuary Aveda Salon, Brooklyn; Linger Lounge, Brooklyn; Peel House in Pittsfield, MA; and the installations “Drawn” and “Version 3.0.” The firm was named by Architectural Record in 2009 to its Design Vanguard. The firm is currently writing the book, The Great American Garage, to be published by The MIT Press.
Jeffrey Taylor received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis and his Master of Architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. B. Alex Miller received his Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his Master of Architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Hayes Slade is a founding partner of Slade Architecture. She served on this year’s Emerging Voices committee.
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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 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.
Images from left to right: Ruy Klein, Klex, Digital Fabrication Prototypes, From “Matters of Sensation” Exhibition at Artists Space. Image courtesy of Ruy Klein; Taylor and Miller Architecture and Design, Pull House, Great Barrington, MA. Image by Gregory Cherin Photography.