Graduate Architecture

Posted November 6, 2014

Kutan Ayata and Michael Young: Drawings, Objects, Buildings

Upcoming Lecture on 11.10.14

Architecture is a post-medium effort. Drawings, Renderings, Models, Prototypes, Computations, Simulations, Photographs, Texts, and Buildings are all put forward by architects as a speculative proposal for the reality of the future. These mediums involve levels of expertise in techniques that are necessary for their practice. They involve conceptual dimensions that structure their disciplinary arguments. And most importantly, they each have aesthetic conditions that open up their cultural potential for effecting political change. Young & Ayata view the tensions, overlaps, and frictions that are created through multiple mediations as the most provocative zone for architectural work. These multiple mediums translate techniques, concepts and aesthetics between themselves, constructing architectural speculation.

Young & Ayata was formed in 2008. They are the recipients of the 2014 Architecture League Prize for Young Architects. Their recent entry for the Dalseong Citizen's Gymnasium International Open Competition received an Honorable Mention. Their work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Kutan Ayata currently teaches at the University of Pennsylvania and Pratt Institute. Michael Young currently teaches at the Cooper Union, Princeton University, and Syracuse University.