For as long as we have been studying and practicing architecture, we have tried to explore the possibilities of using it as a tool to investigate the peculiarities of the relationship between the inhabitants and the inhabited. Among those peculiarities, are the spiritual, the physical, the emotional and the cultural aspects of life.
We believe that harmonizing opposites is an important aspect of life that architecture should study and understand. From the understanding of the Bambara proverb, “What is not harmonious is conflict; and what is conflict is destruction.” we came to the realization that any given culture can make opposites harmonious, and architecture being a form of “culture” should be able to meet that challenge. As educators and practitioners, we endeavors to condition opposites through Harmony.
Individuality as the confirmation of the very existence of the larger community, the recomposition of the traditional, the coexistence of simplicity and complexity, conservation and reorganization, being and becoming, unity of opposites are some key elements in our approach to studying, teaching and practicing architecture.
Our experiences have been drawn from SCI-Arc "https://www.sciarc.edu/", Pratt Institute "https://www.pratt.edu/", Southeast University formerly called Nanjing Institute of Technology "https://www.seu.edu.cn " and from interacting with architects and educators such as Michael Rotondi (How SCI-Arc Began, a Moment in History https://www.sciarc.edu/news/2023/how-sci-arc-began ) , Eric Owen Moss, and Raimund Abraham.
We have drawn more architectural experience at the offices of Frank O Gehry, Edward C. Barker and Associates, Cuningham Group, Martinez-Amador Architects, and Prats/Coffee Architects.
Another learning tool we have drawn from is teaching and being guest critics at Santa Monica College, Calpoly Pomona, Pasadena City College, and SCI-Arc.