Professor of Practice, Director Small Center for Collaborative Design
The goal of this project through a book and traveling exhibit was to represent the paradoxical struggle — to maintain an association with the natural while the landscape and economy continue to bend to the resource extraction industry — which defines contemporary Southeastern Louisiana and advocate for the advantages of a reframed debate that engaged with definitions of rural and urban and considered permanence and impermanence in the context of a changing climate.
The Cenotaph for Richard Feynman is part of a series of research projects exploring large assemblies of standardized structural framing; the Cenotaph is organized around a system of interconnected distributed load paths, composed of over ten million discrete members.
From afar, the 88 square meter interior is guided by the close observation of a grid, or grids. Like an Agnes Martin graphite drawing, these grids move between pronounced and flush, big and small—it all depends on how and when you look at them. View looking west. Photo courtesy of Aesop USA.
Undergraduate Program Director, Professor of Practice
36’x 25’ CNC milled aluminum panel, anodized aluminum paillettes, stainless steel armature.
Marianne Desmarais and Sarah Kabot - design/engineering coordination/fabrication/CA. Public Art commission for Westin Hotel Cleveland. Abstracted aerial map of downtown Cleveland portion of Cuyahoga River.
“The Anthropology of a Smoke-filled Room,” published in Architecture Philosophy, is a critical assessment of participant-observation studies of Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) undertaken from the perspective of Actor Network Theory (ANT), an approach developed by philosopher and anthropologist Bruno Latour. Owen’s paper contrasts the relative absence of discussion of issues of studio labour and working conditions with their prominence in recent work by activist observers of architectural education and practice, and examines the reasons that ANT might have a “blind spot” to such issues. Owen also spoke on OMA, on the topic of the post-political, at the “Building as Service” conference held in July 2018 at the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.
Window drawings for the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial. Each window is lined with cut white opaque vinyl to moderate how one looks into the building and out onto the city. Photo by Spencer McNeil.
Associate Professor Graham Owen organized, contributed to and edited Architecture, Ethics and Globalization, a collection of essays and discussions on the shifting ground of ethical judgement for architects practicing globally.
Interior design and CA for the relocation of classroom space and departmental offices for the Phyllis Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking to Howard Tilton Memorial Library on Tulane’s Uptown Campus. (2017)
National Register of Historic Places nomination for the medical office of Civil Rights leader Dr. Gilbert R. Mason, Sr. for the City of Biloxi and the Mississippi Department of Archives and History (MDAH).