November 18, 2016
* In 2000, the theorist Paul Virilio published his “ten obstacles to overcome” in DOMUS. These ten points were not a condensed explanation of the critical theory that he is well known for but rather cautionary tales that warned of the adverse effect of continuing on the current political and technological trajectories upon which he had spent a lifetime theorizing. Our first point draws directly from these anxieties and lays the groundwork for a personal manifesto that seeks to expand contemporary modes of representation and perpetuate what we term the timescape.
Brian Ambroziak is an Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He received his Masters of Architecture degree from Princeton University and his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Virginia. His research engages the creative process, the development of the artistic conscience, and focuses on the complex relationship between design and methods of representation and visualization. He teaches courses in drawing, digital representation and time-based digital media, fundamental design and analysis, and advanced topic studios. His publications include Michael Graves: Images of a Grand Tour (2005) and Infinite Perspectives: Two Thousand Years of Three Dimensional Mapmaking (1999) with Princeton Architectural Press. He and his partner Katherine Ambroziak have been finalists in design competitions that include the National World War II Memorial and a design for St. Mark’s Coptic Canadian Village.
Andrew E. McLellan attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where he earned both a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Arts in Architecture while also majoring in English Literature. He obtained his Masters in Fine Arts in Creative Writing with a concentration in poetry from Queens University of Charlotte. Andrew’s thesis, a narrative memorializing his late grandfather, employed ekphrastic writing on old photographs and wartime relics. His process, guided by Michael Ondaatje’s The Collected Works of Billy the Kid and Christian Hawkey’s Ventrakl, both works of poetry applying literary techniques of collage to reanimate historic figures, recomposed these fragments and fused them with memories into a story entitled Spolia, the Latin word for ‘spoils’ or the repurposing of building stone for new construction. At the University of Tennessee and UNC Charlotte, he has taught design studios and writing-intensive seminars, including Memory and the Urban Landscape and Nocturne: A Study of Place and Time. He was a 2004 finalist for the Burnham Prize.