Representation Lecture Series

CAP Representation Online Lecture Series aims to present emerging architectural practices that engage in innovative and speculative modes of representation.

Representation Lecture Series

Spring 2023

Monday, 02/06
Alex Yueyan Li 
School of Architecture, Syracuse University
Design Faculty
Construction Rehearsal
1 p.m., Third Floor Gallery, CAP
Zoom Room: 933 4571 7483

Alex Yueyan Li joins the School as a Part-Time Instructor and will teach design studio and seminar courses. 

Before coming to Syracuse, Li served as the Irving Innovation Fellow at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, where his research and teaching focused on historical and contemporary material techniques in architecture. Concurrently, he organized a series of graduate-level workshops that rethink the agency of representation through the lens of social, cultural, technological, and environmental issues.

Li’s experimental work explores the real-time capacity of computational tools to develop material techniques that are sensitive to time, process, and other dimensions of reality. His research has taken various forms ranging from machines, mock-ups, furniture, buildings, images, and texts, all converging under three distinct yet interrelated themes: material properties, construction standards, and tectonic assemblies. He has given lectures and served on juries at a number of institutions including Harvard, SCI-Arc, the University of Toronto, Wentworth Institute of Technology, and Northeastern University.

Prior to establishing his own practice, Li was a project designer at MILLIØNS where he led architecture and art installation projects in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Taipei, and France. This includes managing an ongoing project that reimagines the east wing of I.M. Pei’s Everson Museum, in Syracuse, NY. He also has practiced with offices in the United States, Canada, Japan, and China, including Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Höweler + Yoon, and Shigeru Ban Architects.

Li received a Master of Architecture I AP with Distinction from Harvard GSD, where he was the recipient of the Clifford Wong Housing Prize and the Architecture Research Grant. He also holds a Bachelor of Architectural Studies with Distinction from the University of Waterloo, Canada, where he received the President’s Scholarship and the First in Class Award.

Monday, 02/20
Sam Schuermann
School of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
Activism Fellow
Desired Objects: Narratives of Domesticity
1 p.m., Third Floor Gallery, CAP
Zoom Room: 933 4571 7483
Sam Schuermann is a designer, maker, and educator whose work explores the aesthetics, objects, conventions, and material implications of domesticity. She holds a Master of Architecture from Rice University and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Cincinnati, where she has taught studios in the School of Architecture and Interior Design. Prior to coming to UWM, Sam practiced as an architectural designer at LEVER architecture in Portland, Oregon. She has also served as a volunteer instructor for Your Street Your Voice, a program for high school students in Portland that positions design as a tool for social and environmental justice. While at Rice University, Sam was a research assistant, graduate assistant, and co-editor of PLAT Journal. Her work has been published in PLAT 7.5, exhibited at the Oslo Architecture Triennale and she has served on numerous juries.

Monday, 03/06
Ekin Erar
College of Architecture, Art, and Planning, Cornell University
Design Teaching Fellow
Paper/Space; Image/Space
3 p.m., Third Floor Gallery, CAP
Zoom Room: 933 4571 7483

Ekin Erar is an architect and designer. She has previously lived in Istanbul, Boston, Houston, and Paris, and has worked on projects in Europe and the Americas. Her work has been featured in the Venice and São Paulo Architecture Biennales as well as exhibitions at Rice University and Pratt Institute. Erar's work brings together image construction, material research, and analysis and recreation of assembly processes, through which she explores the relationship between the real and the represented.

She holds a B.A. in Art History/Architecture double major from Wellesley College and an M.Arch. from Rice University.

Monday, 04/06
School of Architecture, Montana State University and School of Architecture, Tulane University
Design Faculty
Remote Works
1 p.m., Third Floor Gallery, CAP
Zoom Room: 933 4571 7483

Salazarxsequeroxmedina is a collaborative architecture practice founded in 2020 by Laura, Pablo and Juan, with ongoing projects in Spain, Perú and the US. They currently hold positions at Montana State University, Syracuse University and Tulane University.

Laura Salazar-Altobelli  (Lima, 1990) is a Peruvian-American architect, and holds a Master of Architecture from Princeton University, 2017. She has extensive professional experience, most recently as project architect at Barkow Leibinger, in Berlin. Salazar has published in Pidgin Magazine, Sustainable Cities and Society, Lunch Journal, and PLAT Journal. Her work has been exhibited at Jewett Gallery when she was a fellow with the Alice C Cole Fund for Sculpture. In addition to practice and academia, Salazar has co-founded and coordinates Let’s Talk, a platform for architectural discourse. She is currently a Visiting Scholar at Montana State University School of architecture, and at Syracuse University School of Architecture .

Pablo Sequero Barrera (Madrid, 1989) is an architect and designer, graduated with a Master of Architecture from the ETSAM, Technical University of Madrid in 2015. Sequero has been a collaborator at Rafael Moneo's studio in Madrid, and most recently with Barkow Leibinger in Berlin. In 2014, he received a Banco Santander grant for his collaboration with the office FRPO architecture landscape, where he was part of the team on the IX BIAU exhibition design, in Rosario, Argentina. He is currently a Visiting Scholar at Montana State University School of architecture, and at Syracuse University School of Architecture, and has taught previously at Cornell AAP.

Juan Medina Revilla (Madrid, 1989) is a registered architect and a PhD candidate at the Technical University of Madrid. He studied Architecture at the ETSAM and the ENSA Paris-Belleville, obtaining his Master of Architecture in 2015. He was awarded the ARQUIA grant, which led him to collaborate in Álvaro Siza's practice in Porto. He also practiced in Madrid and Berlin for renowned offices such as Nieto & Sobejano, Sauerbruch & Hutton and Schmitt von Holst. He has published several research articles, his book The Limit of the Square was exhibited at the 16th Venice Biennale of Architecture in 2018. He is currently a Visiting Fellow Professor at Tulane University.

Monday, 04/20
Shawn Lutz
Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design, University of Houston
Adjunct Professor
Type Type
1 p.m., Third Floor Gallery, CAP
Zoom Room: 933 4571 7483

Shawn M. Lutz is the founder and director of SML/A; an independent practice focused on communities by designing housing, houses, objects, exhibitions, and interiors. The office engages and leverages the architectural surface to speculate on the near future. We examine the architectural discipline by notions of scale—from objects to buildings for renewed dialogues and philosophies.
Lutz has worked for several practices in Houston, New York, and Chicago on urban design, airports, commercial, residential, interior, and graphic design projects. Many projects are sited in North America and Asia, while others remain ongoing and conceptual.
Lutz is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Houston with a pedagogical ambition to engage contemporary discourses of both new and traditional tropes in architecture through modes of representation in drawing, image, and model to enrich the pedological and architectural intelligence that contributes to our society. Adjacent to practice, Lutz focuses on research with spatial diversity of geometry informing the architectural surface and surrounding environments. Once founded through internal mechanisms, an architectural character sees a renewal of the surface in societies beyond localities—glorifying diversity. Before joining the University of Houston faculty, Lutz held teaching positions at Texas A&M University.
Lutz received a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Houston and a Master of Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design.