Brendan Cormier
June 24, 2020 11:30pm

Raymund Ryan
Brendan Cormier
Sarah Rafson
June 24, 2020 12:30pm

Andrew Kovacs
June 24: 2020 3:00pm

Loudreaders Session 6:
11:30pm EST

Brendan Cormier discusses objects post-pandemic and curating at the V&A

Brendan Cormier is a Senior Design Curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. His work focuses on an ‘urbanism of objects’ - scaling up the lens of design to look at the mass effect of objects rather than the individual agency of singular items. He also takes an interest in the role of museums in the broader circulation of artefacts, images, and narratives. He is currently editing a blog for the V&A entitled Pandemic Objects: https://www.vam.ac.uk/blog/pandemic-objects

Loudreaders Discussion 6:
12:30pm EST

Brendan Cormier, Raymund Ryan, and Sarah Rafson discuss curating, museums, and collections post-pandemic


Raymund Ryan is the curator of architecture at the Carnegie Museum of Art (CMoA)’s Heinz Architectural Center in Pittsburgh. Originally from Ireland, Ryan looks at the city as both an insider and outsider, bringing the international design scene into regional dialogue.

Ryan’s curatorial approach emphasizes design and education—perhaps unsurprisingly, considering his previous experience as an architect and university teacher. After years working as a critic, he curated the inaugural Irish Pavilions for the Venice Biennale of Architecture in 2000 and 2002. Over a cup of coffee, Ryan reflects on the challenges of curating architecture, Pittsburgh’s architectural quirks, and some of his favorite books and exhibitions. Whether speaking on the challenges of reaching the public, Alison Smithson, or Ulysses, Ryan’s insights reflect an eclectic sensibility evident in his approach to exhibitions.

Sarah Rafson is an architecture writer, researcher, editor, and curator. A graduate of the University of Toronto and Columbia University's Critical, Curatorial, and Conceptual Practices program, she has worked on books with Kenneth Frampton, Bernard Tschumi, and Barry Bergdoll, and collaborated on exhibitions at MoMA, Centre Pompidou, Center for Architecture in New York, and the Parsons School of Design.

While at MoMA, Sarah assisted in the development of exhibitions on contemporary architecture and was the editorial assistant for the catalogue of the 2015 exhibition Latin America in Construction.

While at Columbia, Sarah won the Buell Center Oral History Prize for her thesis on the feminist Chicago architecture curatorial collective, CARYATIDS. She currently sits on the board of ArchiteXX and writes on a range of issues in architecture and design.

Worldmaking Session
3:00pm EST

Andrew Kovacs

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Andrew Kovacs ’06 (BArch) is a Los Angeles-based architectural designer and educator. Kovacs’ work on architecture and urbanism has been published widely including A+U, Pidgin, Project, Pool, Perspecta, Manifest, Metropolis, Clog, Domus, and The Real Review.

Additionally, Kovacs is the creator and curator of Archive of Affinities, a widely viewed website devoted to the collection and display of architectural b-sides. In 2015, Kovacs published the book, Architectural Affinities as part of the Treatise series organized and sponsored by the Graham Foundation in Chicago.

Kovacs’ design studio, Office Kovacs works on projects at all scales from books, exhibitions, temporary installations, interiors, homes, speculative architectural proposals and public architecture competitions. The recent design work of Office Kovacs includes a proposal for a network of parks in the downtown Los Angeles alleys, a large-scale installation entitled “Colossal Cacti” at the Coachella Valley Arts and Music Festival, and an experimental camping pavilion in the Morongo Valley Desert.