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Fall Lecture Series: Nikole Bouchard

Lecture Title: Found in Translation

Found in Translation will present research and design work that explores methods of dis-assembly, re-assembly, recycling, adaptive reuse and preservation of the built environment. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), nearly 500 million tons of construction and demolition debris is produced annually in the United States. The work presented here will ask us to critically question and contemplate how the resources we build with are spec’d, sourced, transported, constructed, maintained, demolished and discarded. This work is in search of alternative approaches to our all too familiar irresponsible building practices. It looks to past design movements — adhocism, arte povera, bricolage, dadaism, land art and regionalism — to rethink and repurpose existing materials instead of tapping into new ones. It asks how we might hack, sample and rearrange bits of existing artifacts and materials to produce culturally relevant and ecologically sensitive forms, objects, architectures and environments.

Nikole’s interdisciplinary research and design work straddles the space between art, architecture and landscape to discover ideas that stimulate ecologically sensitive and culturally relevant design interventions. Nikole engages in projects of all scales and media that explore contextually driven methods of design where experiments embody a unique sense of fantastical pragmatism—are playful, yet intentional, well-informed and environmentally conscious. Nikole is an Assistant Professor in the School of Architecture & Urban Planning at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. She has also taught at Yale University, Cornell University, Syracuse University, the University of Waterloo and the University of Toronto. Nikole has worked at the offices of Steven Holl Architects, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and Lateral Office. In 2015 Nikole was a Fellow at The MacDowell Colony and an Artist-in-Residence at Baer Art Center in Hofsós, Iceland. She received an MArch II degree from Princeton University and a BArch degree from Cornell University.

Nikole Bouchard lecture posterWith thanks to the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, the Women for UMass Fund, and the UMass Department of Architecture for their ongoing support of this series.

Lecture begins at 5:30pm in Design Building Room 170. All lectures are free and open to the public. Free parking is available after 5:00pm in surface lots.