F-ARCHITECTURE COLLAB

f-architecture collaborative is a three-woman architectural research enterprise aimed at disentangling the contemporary spatial politics and technological appearances of bodies, intimately and globally.

Virginia is an architect, indigenous rights advocate and visual ethnographer currently living in New York City. Her work is sited at the intersection of bodies, the environment, and the law. Notably, her recent project "Iyarisha Chagrai" developed a methodology for representing the construction of living cultural monuments, taking the chagras of Amazonian Ecuador as a case study.

As a FLAS 2014 Fellow, she studied Kichwa and Quechua both in Ecuador and at New York University to enrich her research in the Amazon. Her current work is situated between New York and Ecuador, namely the production of the documentary El Alma del Pueblo, a hyper-visual and -sonic meditation on the local and global effects of the Rights of Nature laws in Ecuador (now in postproduction).

While at Columbia University, Virginia worked as a part of the CCCP Exhibitions Crew at Arthur Ross Architecture Gallery and taught four introductory architecture courses as a teaching assistant for Barnard + Columbia Architecture Department. She has worked for a number of architectural design firms, including Maison Édouard François in Paris and VolumeOne and AKOAKI of Detroit, Michigan. Virginia also holds a Master of Architecture from University of Michigan, where she graduated with high distinction, and a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture with a Minor in Spanish from Clemson University.

Rosana is an architect-trained curator from Amman, Jordan. Her research focuses on the mutual constitution of bodies and spaces as they are further complicated by their political, social, and religious environs, specifically in the urbanizing Middle East. Her graduate research has coalesced into a curatorial project called "Republic of Body," a performance taking place in October of 2016 in the city of Amman. There, local feminist and queer artists and performers will assume visible orientations as precarious sexual bodies via an experimental infiltration of the Arab public space. The performance will be costumed by a series of multiply-symbolic objects, which attempt to express the intersectionality and mutual construction of queer, Arab, and gender identities.

Rosana holds a B.Arch from the Illinois Institute of Technology and a M.S. in Critical, Curatorial and Conceptual Practices in Architecture from Columbia University GSAPP.

Gabrielle is an architectural researcher, editor and erstwhile designer based in New York. Among other things, she is preoccupied with landscapes of detention and particularly the networks which connect border and prison. This preoccupation manifested most recently in the web-based project C-A-R-trip.us, an award-winning MS.CCCP thesis. Among her other efforts to see curious and spatial entanglements of bodies, media, and the law, C-A-R-Trip attempts to visibilize the larger apparatus of US migrant detention as situated in an extended territory of bodily apprehension along the US/Mexico Border.

Prior to her days in New York, she completed a Master of Architecture at the Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning with a thesis on the body. Understanding that this entity-- which both produces and receives architecture--has historically been misrepresented in the discipline as a neutral or ideal dimensional figure, she designed and produced a diverse family of contingent "architectural bodies" with specific bodily expressions (gender, age, fatness, affinities for other bodies, and so on). While at Buffalo, Gabrielle taught first year design studios and recitations for architectural history.

Gabrielle is a co-editor of the book Beyond Patronage: Reconsidering Models of Practice with Joyce Hwang and Martha Bohm, published by Actar in 2015. Beyond Patronage is a project which acknowledges emerging design practices and architectural actors which operate outside the conventional, structural relationship between architect and patron. The life of the project exists in a series of conversations with design practitioners, held at institutions including the Buffalo School of Architecture, the Storefront for Art and Architecture, and SAIC's Sullivan Galleries as part of the Chicago Architecture Biennial.

Virginia Black
Gabrielle Printz
Rosana Elkhatib