LAB—OR's collective work is about the spaces between architectural labor and construction labor. These spaces connect instruments of practice with environmental, social, and political imbalances of power. Self-incriminating practices implicate architecture (and themselves) in these imbalances. 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 and teaching around forms of exposure, including self-exposure, 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 of 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 and Graduate Program Coordinator at DoArch, South Dakota State University, where he coordinates the vertical Building Studio and the Architecture Theory sequence.
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