Thursday, May 23, 2002    

Makram el-Kadi, Ziad Jamaleddine, Naji Moujaes, of L.E.FT. and Jared Della Valle & Andrew Bernheimer, of Della Valle + Bernheimer Design will speak on Thursday, May 25, the second evening of the lecture series. L.E.FT. is a New York City design collaborative comprised of Makram el Kadi, Ziad Jamaleddine and Naji Moujaes. The firm is currently working on speculative projects that "investigate the intersections of cultural and political productions." Their "One Door House" uses the revolving door as both a centerpoint and a metaphor for ways of composing and conceiving domestic space, with varied internal and external relationships. "Home Sweet's Home," uses a cross section through Sweet's catalogues as a design tool to create an addition to a suburban house that embodies the "intersection of the architects" ego with the client's wishes, aesthetics with economy, creativity with feasibility,new with familiar...a deluxe ordinary." All three partners received their Bachelor of Architecture degrees from the American University of Beirut. el-Kadi received his Master of Architecture degree from Parsons School of Design, Jamaleddine from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, and Moujaes from SCI-Arc.