LAB—OR is a self-incriminating design practice that works as an ongoing record of the teaching and scholarly work of Jessica Garcia Fritz and Federico Garcia Lammers. Jessica and Federico are faculty members in the School of Architecture (SoA) at the University of Minnesota. They are active members of The Architecture Lobby, and they align with other action-based programs. More details about their work are shared in news and events. Please say hello, contact us.
Ten years of teaching organized into two broad categories: (1) Studios-&-Workshops, (2) History-Theory-&-Professional Practices
Teaching is at the center of LAB—OR. Since 2012, Jessica and Federico have documented their teaching in over 60 public websites. The websites are platforms for communicating with students and an archive of the evolving pedagogy that shaped the design of a new architecture program in South Dakota. Several classes are included in B-A-R-F, an online platform connecting architectural pedagogy to issues of race, class, and gender.
(1) Studios-&-Workshops: In-depth material investigations that are culturally expansive, framed through different media, and practiced with individual focus and collective intensity.
Invisible Infrastructures 2016
Constructional Performances 2019
American Indian Spaces (CAIRNS) 2015
Small Stadium, Big Landscape 2014
Public Works Brookings Armory 2016
(2) History-Theory-&-Professional Practices: Lecture and seminar-based classes that connect history and theory with professional practices across diverse socio-political contexts.
History and Theory:
Pro-practices (Theoretical Lenses):
Mega Civic, Politics of Stadia 2014