LAB-OR is a design practice that studies and makes drawings, images, objects, buildings, and texts based on the teaching and research of Jessica Garcia Fritz and Federico Garcia Lammers. Jessica and Federico run the teaching platform, B-A-R-F and are founding faculty of DoArch ,  the first architecture school in South Dakota.


Jessica Garcia Fritz is a native of South Dakota who has worked and studied in different locations in the United States and Europe, including the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Lisbon in Portugal. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture with a concentration in Studio Arts and Construction Management from the University of Minnesota. Jessica also completed a Master of Architecture at the University of Minnesota, School of Architecture, where she was a finalist for the Richard Morrill Memorial Thesis Award for Design Excellence. 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). Working with the NMAI Exhibits and Public Spaces Department, she gained experience in designing and constructing museum exhibits with a socio-cultural and historical focus. Jessica is an Assistant Professor at DoArch, South Dakota State University, where she teaches design studio, architectural history, and manages the architectural library collection. 

Federico Garcia Lammers moved to the United States from Montevideo, Uruguay 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. Since 2005, he has worked as an intern architect and designer in Minneapolis/St.Paul, New York, and Portugal. While working with Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects in New York City, Federico was an important part of interdisciplinary design teams working on the design and development of large scale international projects. Through this experience he researched and developed building information technologies and their impact on design workflows. Federico is an Assistant Professor at DoArch, South Dakota State University, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate design studios, media theory, and coordinates a student travel study to Montevideo, Uruguay focused on the work of Eladio Dieste.


Past Collaborators

​Jeff Montague (Los Angeles, CA) 

Darin Duch  (Minneapolis, MN) 

​Carmela Garcia Lammers (Los Angeles, CA) 

Sara Lum (Sioux Falls, SD) 

En-Ming Chang (New York, NY) 

Yen-Ming Lee (New Haven, CT) 

Nick Rebeck (Pittsburgh, PA) 

Amy Westermeyer (Houston, TX) 

Brian Skrovig (New Haven, CT) 

​Heidi Kippenhan (New York, NY)

Jacob Urban (Brookings, SD)

Garrett Walter (Brookings, SD)

Kaitlyn Walker (Brookings, SD)

Guillermo Gonzalez Cebrian (Brookings, SD)



LAB-OR. Brookings, South Dakota. @lab_dash_or 

Jessica Garcia Fritz.

​Federico Garcia Lammers.