LAB—OR is a design practice that works as an ongoing archive for the teaching and scholarly work of Jessica Garcia Fritz and Federico Garcia Lammers. Jessica and Federico coordinate the teaching platform, B-A-R-F, and are founding faculty of DoArch, the first architecture school in South Dakota. More details about their work are shared in news and events


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, 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 Architectural History sequences. 

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. Federico is an Associate Professor at DoArch, South Dakota State University, where he coordinates the vertical Building Studio and Architectural Theory sequence.


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)



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