Architecture Omi

About Architecture Omi

Architecture Omi is conceived to facilitate projects exploring the intersection of architecture, art and landscape. Nestled with in the campus of the Omi sculpture park, Architecture Omi offers a pristine sixty acre site designated expressly to foster and cultivate the production of physical structures such as pavilions, installations, landscape interventions, constructed environments. In addition, the program encourages the integration of all varieties of related media, ideas, propositions and curated exhibitions in a landscaped setting.

 

The vision for Architecture Omi is to create a fusion of natural and intellectual resources. It is a sanctuary where the public can experience a diversity of architectural installations spread across a myriad of natural ecosystems and designed landscapes on the Architecture Omi grounds. The result is a new category of hybrid parkland that melds enlightened ecological conservation practices with temporary experimental constructions and installations. The environment of Architecture Omi will facilitate an ongoing dialogue on the interconnectivity between nature, culture, art and architecture.

Click here to download a current map of the park.

2017 Residents


Craig Konyk, USA
Craig Konyk is an Assistant Professor of Architecture in the School of Public Architecture in the Michael Graves College at Kean University in Union NJ.  He was formerly Adjunct Assistant Professor of Architecture in the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (GSAPP) at Columbia University and GAUD at Pratt Institute.  Craig has been named Emerging Voice by the Architectural League of New York and was a finalist for the Rome Prize in Urban Design by the American Academy in Rome. He has served on the Boards of Artists Space, the Architectural League of New York and The Architect's Newspaper.


Valle Medina, Spain
Valle Medina is a Spanish architect. She is a recent Geisendorf fellow of ETH Zürich D-ARCH, and graduated summa cum laude from its Computer Aided Architectural Design department. She is currently leading a design studio at the Department of Architecture Theory and Philosophy of Technology at the Vienna Technical University. She was most lately a fellow of the Danish Arts Foundation. Medina is a cofounder of PA/LAC/E with Benjamin Reynolds. They have been fellows at the Van Eyck Academie (Maastricht) and at the Koneen Säätiö Foundation (Helsinki/Saari). PA/LAC/E recently won the 50th Central Glass Award (Tokyo). Their work has been shown at the CCCB (Barcelona), the BCA (Boston), BAK (Utrecht), and the Architecture Foundation (London), amongst others. They have also contributed to printed and online publications including EP (Sternberg Press), the Guardian, ECOCORE (London) and Spéciale'Z (Paris). Their first major monograph—Paris Hermitage—is slated for publication in early 2017 with Cooperative Editions (New York). PA/LA/CE is currently based in Basel and London.



Benjamin Reynolds, Australia
Benjamin Reynolds received a diploma with honors from the Architectural Association, London, where, since 2014 he has been teaching Diploma 5. He has been awarded Villa Sträuli's tenth anniversary residency for 2016. Reynolds is a cofounder of PA/LAC/E with Valle Medina. They have been fellows at the Van Eyck Academie (Maastricht) and at the Koneen Säätiö Foundation (Helsinki/Saari). PA/LAC/E recently won the 50th Central Glass Award (Tokyo). Their work has been shown at the CCCB (Barcelona), the BCA (Boston), BAK (Utrecht), and the Architecture Foundation (London), amongst others. They have also contributed to printed and online publications including EP (Sternberg Press), the Guardian, ECOCORE (London) and Spéciale'Z (Paris). Their first major monograph—Paris Hermitage—is slated for publication in early 2017 with Cooperative Editions (New York). PA/LA/CE is currently based in Basel and London.



Éric Omar Camarena, Mexico
Éric Omar Camarena is an architect. He grew up in a suburb in western Mexico, earned his Bachelor degree in 2009 (ITESO) and his Master's in 2014 (University of Southern California). Some of his interests lie in the intersection of architecture, media and landscape, and in the relationship between technology and storytelling in the construction of reality. He has lectured and exhibited work surrounding these topics in Mexico and the United States. He currently teaches Architectural Design, History and Theory at the University of the Americas Puebla.



Janine Soper, USA
Janine Soper is a Brooklyn-based architectural designer. She received her Master of Architecture degree from Rhode Island School of Design where she was awarded the AIA Henry Adams Gold Medal. In New York City, Janine has worked on design competitions, residential, cultural, and institutional projects at the architecture offices of Deborah Berke Partners, Della Valle Bernheimer and Freecell. She has taught an architecture design studio at RISD and has served as a guest architecture critic at RISD, Parsons, Pratt, NYIT, and the University of Pennsylvania. Janine volunteers in Brooklyn for the Center for Urban Pedagogy and New York Cares and is currently working on architectural projects in Brooklyn and upstate New York.


Wolfgang Novak, Austria
Wolfgang Novak was born in Salzburg, Austria in 1974. He graduated in Architecture from the TU Graz in 1999 and holds a MAS degree in Landscape Architecture from the ETH Zurich. After collaborating with different offices such as NOX in Rotterdam, he established his own office in Salzburg in 2007. He is a licensed architect in the Austrian Chamber of Architects and Engineers. His work has been featured in many journals and magazines. Wolfgang has a broad experience in teaching. He held teaching positions in Germany and in Austria and he regularly speaks at universities. As a founding member of Anah, he initiates both the practical and theoretical work in the fields of architecture, urbanism and landscape. Wolfgang´s agenda focuses on political, economical and space-related matters from an architect's perspective.


Daniela Oberauer, Austria
Daniela Oberaur was born in Salzburg, Austria, in 1983. She received both her Bachelor and her Master of Arts in textil.art.design from the University of Arts in Linz, Austria. Prior to co-founding Anah in 2014, she gained extended professional experience in collaborating with fashion labels, theaters and in art and design productions in Vienna and Salzburg. Her work focuses on artistic, social and critical aspects of our environment. As a founding member she heads the research and publishing of Anah by being dedicated to improving the understanding of architecture, art and design in our society. Daniela develops the transdisciplinary approach of Anah. Her agenda focuses on the human interaction in the urban landscape.



James Jarzyniecki, USA
James Jarzyniecki received a master of architecture degree from the Wentworth Institute of Technology (Boston 2012). He co-directs the spacial practice Jarzyniecki Johnson founded in 2012. He is the co-owner of outside, a new contemporary art gallery dedicated to emerging artists in North Adams, Massachusetts.


Beate Kirsch, Germany
Beate Kirsh is a freelance architect with a studio establishment in Hamburg. She studied architecture and urbanism at the University of Fine Arts in Hamburg, with an emphasis in interdisciplinary works between architecture and art. She received a teaching scholarship at the University of Fine Arts Hamburg, and a scholarship at the German Academy Villa Massimo, Rome in 2008. Kirsh is a founding member of Women In Architecture, Hamburg and has served as a lecturer and jury member for architectural competitions. Her Hamburg office works on projects between architecture and art in all phases of the project, from design to execution in urban space, buildings and exhibitions.

 

Ana Peñalba, Spain

Ana Peñalba holds a Master's Degree in Architecture and a Masters in Environmental Studies from the Polytechnic School of Madrid (ETSAM). In 2005 she co-founded the Architecture Collective Leon11, from where she cultivated her interests in collective learning methodologies and collaborative practices. Since 2012 she works mostly in research projects and self-initiated proposals exploring concerns about Waste and Identity; questioning the limits between Reality and Fiction by breaking down the links that associate our cultural legacy to what we see. She has worked as an Architect Designer with Architects such as Thomas Leeser, Dominique Perrault, Andres Perea, Andres Jaque and Michael Sorkin. She is currently an Adjunct Professor in the School of Art and Design at NJIT and Barnard-Columbia College of Architecture and, a Visiting Lecturer at AAP NYC Architecture Art Planning Cornell University. She just got invited to be part of the "AIM Program 2016" at the Bronx Museum for the Arts and, at the Program "Open Sessions 2016-17" at the Drawing Center in NYC. You can check out her work at http://www.anapenalba.com/.



Guest Architecture Critic
Alexandra Lange is the architecture critic for Curbed and an Opinion columnist at Dezeen. Her essays, reviews, and features have appeared in Architect, Domus, Dwell, Medium, MAS Context, Metropolis, New York Magazine, the New Yorker online, and The New York Times. She has been a featured writer at Design Observer. She has taught architecture criticism in the Design Criticism Program at the School of Visual Arts and the Urban Design & Architecture Studies Program at New York University. During academic year 2013–2014 she was a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

She is the author of Writing About Architecture: Mastering the Language of Buildings and Cities (Princeton Architectural Press, 2012), a primer on how to read and write architecture criticism, as well as the e-book The Dot-Com City: Silicon Valley Urbanism (Strelka Press, 2012), which considers the message of the physical spaces of Facebook, Google, and Apple. She has long been interested in the creation of domestic life, a theme running through Design Research: The Store that Brought Modern Living to American Homes (Chronicle Books, 2010), which she co-authored with Jane Thompson, as well as her contributions to Alexander Girard: A Designer's Universe (Vitra, 2016), Formica Forever (Metropolis Books, 2013) and Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future (Yale University Press, 2006). She is currently at work on a book for Bloomsbury USA on the design of childhood, from building blocks to the city.

Lange has lectured widely at universities and museums, on topics ranging from the history of women architecture critics to the opulent modernism of Alexander Girard to the proper use of social media for designers. She has served as a guest critic at Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, the Harvard Graduate School of Design, the School of Visual Arts, and the Yale School of Architecture. Her 2005 NYU dissertation, "Tower Typewriter and Trademark: Architects, Designers and the Corporate Utopia, 1956-1964," discussed the architecture, design programs and design networks of postwar American corporations.

2017 Jurors


Lee H Skolnick is founder and principal of Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership, a diverse practice known for museums, schools, residences, exhibit designs and museum education programs. Lee synthesizes art, science, and architecture to create memorable and meaningful experiences. He unlocks each project's "motivating story" to inspire imagination, curiosity, and understanding. For over 35 years, Mr. Skolnick has passionately developed and pursued his philosophy of "design as interpretation," wherein he seeks to unearth the unique themes and compelling concepts which characterize each project, and to translate them into concrete expression. Lee has conducted symposiums, workshops and provided teacher training for leading educational and cultural organizations, and he has designed major exhibitions around the country and globally. Lee has served on advisory and grant evaluation panels for both the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts, and he sits on the boards of various arts and design organizations including Architecture Omi, where he is founding chairman of the board of directors. He also serves on the board of Longhouse Reserve, where he chairs the museum committee, and on the board of A Blade of Grass, an organization that provides resources for artists. As an honorary research fellow at the University of Leicester in the U.K., Lee has authored scholarly papers and books, including "What Is Exhibition Design?" New York University and the Bank Street College of Education have counted him among their adjunct faculty members and his design work has been widely published and has received many awards of excellence, including the "AD 100 Architects" by Architectural Digest and local, state and national AIA Honor Awards.



Sean Anderson
 is Associate Curator in the Department of Architecture and Design at The Museum of Modern Art, New York. A Fellow of the American Academy in Rome and the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, he has degrees in architectural design and architectural history from Cornell University, an M. Arch from Princeton University and a Ph.D in art history from the University of California, Los Angeles. He has practiced as an architect and taught in Afghanistan, Australia, India, Italy, Morocco, Sri Lanka and the U.A.E. His book, Modern Architecture and its Representation in Colonial Eritrea was published in 2015 and has been nominated for the AIFC Bridge Book Award for Non-Fiction.


David Leven
is a partner at LEVENBETTS, an award winning New York City based architecture practice, and an Associate Professor at Parsons School of Constructed Environments. David holds a Bachelor of Arts from Colgate University, a Master of Architecture degree from Yale University and attended the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies. LEVENBETTS was founded by David with Stella Betts in 1997 and focuses on projects at all scales of urban design, public buildings, houses and housing, workspaces, exhibitions and furniture. The office employs a variety of methods to arrive at innovative solutions that involve incisive observation, interrogate programmatic and site givens and approach building systems as creative opportunities. LEVENBETTS has won several NYC AIA awards (2011, 2008, 2005, 2004, 2003), the Architectural League's Young Architects Forum and Emerging Voices Awards (2009), Architectural Record's Design Vanguard (2007) award, I.D. Annual Design Review Award (2004) and been exhibited widely. The work of LEVENBETTS has been published in various design magazines and books, and Princeton Architectural Press published a monograph on the firm's work in 2008, called Pattern Recognition. David has lectured widely and has an been invited jurors at Columbia, Yale, Princeton, Harvard and University of Pennsylvania. David has served on advisory panels at the Architectural League of New York, committees at the New School, and holds architectural registration in New York and New Jersey.


Architecture Omi Director, architect and urban designer Warren James is based in Manhattan. He is also a guest curator, published author, lecturer and visiting professor. The architecture and planning studio he founded, WAJA+P, has designed both PINTA: Modern and Contemporary Latin American Art and FLUX Art fairs in New York, and worked on exhibitions for The Museum of Modern Art, Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum, Museo del Barrio, Museum of The City of New York, and Museo de Arte de Ponce. As part of a multidisciplinary team the firm worked on the planning and development for the proposed National Latino Museum in Washington, DC. James studied architecture and urban design at Cornell and Columbia. His architectural drawings are in the permanent collection of the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, and Centre Canadien d'Architecture.

About the Architecture Omi Residency Program

Omi International Arts Center announces a new residency program for architects in 2017. This residency will be the first of its kind in the nation, inviting 10 early- to mid-career architects from around the world to develop their work during a full two-week residency on Omi's campus. Architecture Omi aims to nurture experimentation at the intersection of architecture, art and landscape. Residents will be chosen through a competitive juried process, and are invited to attend at no cost to themselves, except for travel expenses. Abundant, chef-catered meals and comfortable, beautiful accommodations are provided in a scenic setting in Columbia County, New York. Omi is located near the town of Hudson, two hours north of New York City by train.

 

  • Art Omi International Artists Residency invites thirty artists from around the world every July for a four week residency.
  • Writers Omi at Ledig House sponsors forty writers and translators from around the world for up to two months each year.
  • Music Omi brings together twelve to fifteen musician-composers from around the world in August for three weeks.
  • Dance Omi International Dance Collective brings together ten dancers from around the world for three weeks in late August.
  • NEW Architecture Omi Residency invites ten architects from around the world for a full two-week residency in late February to work on their own project.

     

SELECTION
Architecture Omi Residents are selected on the basis of their individual proposed project and portfolio. Residents receive individual accommodations and dedicated desk-space within the campus. Completed projects will be presented in an informal critique setting at the end of the residency period, with visitors invited to see the proceedings.

 

GUEST ARCHITECTURE CRITIC
Each year a distinguished Architecture Critic is invited to visit and meet with the residents during the last weekend of the residency and will lead the final presentations where the public can observe this key aspect in the process of making architecture.

 

ELIGIBILIY
Application is open to architects from any part of the world that have been professionally active for at least the past five (5) years since professional licensing or obtaining an M. Arch. degree in the U.S. or internationally. Applications will be accepted from early and mid-career architects in active practice or in academia with an architectural design teaching concentration. We do not accept applications from students currently enrolled in any B. Arch, M. Arch, or PhD program. Please note: having a Master's degree in Architecture and/or an architectural license IS a requirement. Space is very limited and a diverse and international group is sought, consistent with all Omi Residency programs and aligning with the mission of the Architecture Omi program.

 

PROPOSED PROJECT 
Applicants must submit and describe a project they wish to work on, on their own, while at Omi. Projects may be conceptual or practical, and may be an on-going or existing project that requires completion or a new design scheme to be initiated and completed by the end of the residency. Projects may not be client based nor directed. In all instances a visual presentation and a final work product is required. This may be in the form of drawings, maquettes, collages, digital images and the like. Written manuscripts and essays are not to be worked on nor initiated while at Omi. Each resident is expected to bring their own design tools, with some limited printing and up to $50 allowance for materials provided.

 

SELECTION JURY 
All completed applications adhering to the submission requirements will be reviewed by a distinguished panel of professionals. Among the jurors will be practicing architects, architects in academia, and architecture curators.

 

 

Accommodations

Omi International Arts Center, where the Architecture Omi residency takes place, is located two and a half hours north of New York City in the scenic Hudson River Valley's Columbia County. Named for a neighboring village, the hamlet of Omi is close to the small town of Ghent, NY, as well as Albany, Chatham, and Hudson, NY, which offers train connections less than thirty minutes away (we can provide transportation to and from the Hudson, NY train station).


The facilities, situated on three hundred acres of open land, include include sixty acres dedicated to Architecture Omi, The Fields Sculpture Park and the Benenson Visitors Center & Café. A large two-story barn, plus contemporary residence buildings designed with a vernacular reference to local farm structures, all surrounded by abundant perennial beds and expansive lawns dotted with fruit trees, completes the campus.


Ledig House, a Federal Period estate house serves as a gathering center for residents, providing a full kitchen, library and laundry facilities. The front porch overlooks rolling hills and the majestic outline of the Catskill Range. A swimming pool, bicycles, WiFi access and several computers are available on the premises. Chef-prepared lunch and dinner are served daily for communal meals, and a fully stocked kitchen provides plentiful food for breakfasts and snacks.


Columbia County, and the nearby Berkshire Mountains, are popular destinations because of their historical, natural and cultural riches. From bird sanctuaries to summer performance festivals, presidential mansions to farmer's markets, the environs offer a singular blend of bucolic quiet and cultural stimulation. Staff and friends in the vicinity are often available for excursions of interest to residents.

How to Apply

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED FOR THE 2017 RESIDENCY PROGRAM


Submission Deadline EXTENDED: November 27, 11:59PM EST
Residents Announced: December 1, 2016
Residency Dates: February 24 – March 12, 2017

 

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS
Please submit the following 4 documents, individually uploaded attachments, in a single email, not zipped to architects@artomi.org. Please no more and not less than 4 items, divided as follows:

 

ITEM 1: Statement
An Architect's Statement about your work without any images nor outside links. This is a fundamental document for our jury to fully understand your practice. When filing your emailed application, you will need to submit this as a 1-page attachment with a 100-word maximum text. If you send a text longer than 100 words or URL links, only the first 100 words will be read to our jury. Submit either in PDF or Word Document format. Please title this document with your lastname, firstname, statement, with no dots, commas or spacing. Example: jonesmarystatement.pdf or jonesmarystatement.docx.

 

ITEM 2: Project
The Proposed Project for Architecture Omi Residency. Submit in a PDF file with: a one-page written description and pertinent information followed by up to four-pages of images with captions, describe the work that will be carried out while on campus. If you send more than 5 pages only the first 5 pages will be reviewed. Please DO NOT use font size smaller than 11. If video links are provided in any of these pages, the Jurors will only be shown the first minute (Max. video links: 3). Please title document: lastname, firstname, project, with no commas, dots, or spacing. Example: jonesmaryproject.docx or jonesmaryproject.pdf.

 

ITEM 3: Portfolio
Submit a selected portfolio of your work with up to ten (10) pages in PDF format. All project(s) images and drawings must be captioned and in the case of large-scale projects what was the applicant's role in the team. Please title this document with your lastname, firstname, number, with no commas, dots, or spacing: Example: jonesmaryportfolio.pdf.

 

ITEM 4: Resume
Your Resume and/or Curriculum Vitae. Submit either in PDF or Word Document format. In the last page applicant must provide the names, mailing addresses, phone numbers and email addresses of two (2) professional references and indicate your relationship to them. Please title this document with your lastname, firstname, resume, with no dots, commas or spacing. Example: jonesmaryresume.pdf or jonesmaryresume.docx.

 

IMPORTANT: All PDFs and/or Word Documents, combined, must not exceed 25MB. All submitted attachments will be printed in 8.5" x 11" inches (A4) paper only. Please do not submit: Links to Google Drive or equal, PowerPoint presentations, loose JPEGs, TIFF, GIF or PSD files. If you do so your entire application will not be considered.

 

Send to: architects@artomi.org
Subject Line: Residency Application 2017
Applications Open: November 1, 2016
Submission Deadline: November 27, 11:59PM EST
Residents Announced: December 1, 2016
Residency Dates: February 24 – March 12, 2017

 

Submit any questions in writing via email and, if appropriate, answers will be posted on web site prior to the submission deadline. No phone calls please.

Program Board Committee

Lee H. Skolnick, Board Chair
Elisabeth Akkerman*
Isabelle Autones
Alice Aycock
Meta Brunzema
Jacob Buksbaum
John Cleater
Tarik Currimbhoy
Bruce L. Ehrmann
Glenn Erickson
Peter Franck

Francis Greenburger 
Marc Kemeny
Oliver Kruse
Michael Regan
Kathleen Triem
Rachel Weingeist
Allan Wexler

*in memoriam

Warren James, Director

Architect and urban designer Warren James is based in Manhattan. He is also a guest curator, published author, lecturer and visiting professor. The architecture and planning studio he founded, WAJA+P, has designed both PINTA: Modern and Contemporary Latin American Art and FLUX Art fairs in New York, and worked on exhibitions for The Museum of Modern Art, Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum, Museo del Barrio, Museum of The City of New York, and Museo de Arte de Ponce. As part of a multidisciplinary team the firm worked on the planning and development for the proposed National Latino Museum in Washington, DC. James studied architecture and urban design at Cornell and Columbia. His architectural drawings are in the permanent collection of the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, and Centre Canadien d'Architecture.

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