Yolande Daniels will present the conference ‘Minimal Dwelling, Dwelling Liminal’ on September 12
Totem House by studioSUMO is one of five prototypes designed by architects from across North America for the “Architecture at Home” exhibit at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville. The exhibit runs through November 7 along Orchard Trail.
J. Yolande Daniels will speak at 4:30 p.m., Monday, September 12, at Ken and Linda Sue Shollmier Hall, Room 250, Vol Walker Hall, U of A Campus, as part of the Lecture Series fall at the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design.
Daniels is co-founder of studioSUMO in Long Island City, New York, and is an associate professor of architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is a Distinguished Visitor in Architecture to John G. Williams in 2022.
His firm, studioSUMO, is one of five architecture firms participating in the exhibition architecture at home at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville. This outdoor architectural exhibit, located along the Orchard Trail on the museum grounds and anchored by R. Buckminster Fuller’s Fly’s Eye Dome, brings together five 500-square-foot house prototypes to spark a dialogue about contemporary housing .
In his talk, “Minimal Dwelling | Dwelling Liminal,” Daniels will discuss how studioSUMO’s work in housing, education, and the arts explores material innovation as a strategy to engage and reflect context as socio-cultural and historical condition. The practice has carried out projects in a range of cultural contexts, spanning the United States, Brazil and Japan. Building types include arts, institutions, and housing, and range in scale from objects to buildings to landscapes. These projects are informed by design research as well as customer feedback.
Through academic and cultural construction commissions in Japan, studioSUMO learned from the deep culture of fabrication while “deconstructing” socio-cultural assumptions as a physical strategy. Museum projects for the arts of Africa and the African Diaspora actively engage the integration of art into daily life and the potential of the museum to become a community center. Ever present is a commitment to material invention.
A continuing interest in minimal dwellings, in contexts ranging from urban to rural, and types ranging from domestic to institutional, constitutes an evolving body of research. These projects explore the ability to assemble components and domestic spaces to offer new ways of building and living. Components for Life took multiple forms in their work, from found objects to speculative pre-made consoles, and proposed new ecologies of construction that engage both high-tech and low-tech forms of production.
Adjacent to the housing proposals, studioSUMO explores and revives historic domestic spaces. These works manifest denied presences and absent histories from individual dwellings to entire settlements where minimal living conditions resulted from inequity.
Daniels is a recipient of the Rome Prize in Architecture and a member of the Whitney American Museum of Art’s Independent Study Program in Studio Practice and Cultural Studies. She got a BSArch. from the City College of New York and an M.Arch. from Columbia University.
With Sunil Bald, Daniels co-founded the architecture and design studio SUMO in 1995. studioSUMO’s approach developed in response to cultural, formal and spatial contexts through research and design projects in New York, in Brazil and Japan, giving geographic diversity. which brought to the fore an approach to architecture as a device for engaging and understanding the richness and complexity of the built environment. The practice’s work has been characterized by projects that vary in scale and type, from speculative installations to client-focused exhibition design, residential projects, and institutional buildings.
The practice and individual projects have been recognized for design excellence by the American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York State Council on the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, Japan National Design Council, German National Design Council, Chicago Athenaeum, AIA New York City Chapter, AIA New York State, NY Architectural League Emerging Voices and League Prize, Architectural Record Design Vanguard, and the 12th, 14th, and 16th Venice Biennale Architecture Exhibitions .
The school pursues continuing education credits for this conference through the American Institute of Architects.
This conference is free and open to the public. The seats are limited.
For more information, contact 479-575-4704 or fayjones.uark.edu.