LAB—OR's collective work is about the asymmetrical relationship between architectural labor and construction labor. This asymmetry is latent in the links between everyday tasks (specifications, drawings, models, texts, imaging, scheduling, budgeting, and other stuff that "isn't architecture") and patterns of coloniality that affect imbalances of social, racial, environmental, and political power. Self-incriminating practices implicate architecture (and themselves) in these imbalances of power. Because "self-incrimination" has a long legal history, fraught with judicial implications, we are asking ourselves how can practices of architectural self-incrimination work? Structuring our practice around forms of exposure – even self-exposure about our education, past work, and our shifting world views – gives us the space to support collective, action-based programs and projects.
Jessica Garcia Fritz (she/her/hers) is a citizen of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe (Itazipco). She has studied and practiced architecture in different locations in the United States and Europe, including the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Lisbon in Portugal. Jessica earned a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture with a concentration in Studio Arts and Construction Management from the University of Minnesota, where she also completed a Master of Architecture. Following graduate school she worked as an intern architect in New York City and began working as an exhibit designer at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI). Jessica is an Assistant Professor at DoArch, South Dakota State University, where she coordinates the option Research Studios and Architecture History sequences.
Federico Garcia Lammers (he/him/his) emigrated from Montevideo, Uruguay to the United States in 2001. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Architecture with a focus in Media Studies and Latin American History from the University of Minnesota. Federico also completed a Master in Architecture from the University of Minnesota, School of Architecture, where he received the Henry Adams AIA Certificate and the Richard Morrill Memorial Thesis Award for Design Excellence. During and after graduate school he worked as an intern architect and designer in Minneapolis/St.Paul, Portugal, and New York. Federico is an Associate Professor at DoArch, South Dakota State University, where he coordinates the vertical Building Studio and the Architecture Theory sequence.
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