Exhibition | One to One | 1:1

Mon, Feb 24, 2020 6:30pm - Fri, Mar 13, 2020 7pm

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One to One | 1:1 is a literal and conceptual parallel between the firm's studio space in Toronto and the Cooper Hallway gallery. It is the one to one unrolling of the walls of our studio space in Toronto including all of the works (models, drawings, and details) and its placement onto the walls of Cooper hallway gallery. The parallel overlay of two different physical spaces, both operating as more than just an exhibition space, becomes an effort to transpose the life of a practice onto that of a school and vice versa.

Ja Architecture Studio is a Toronto based architecture practice that tries to combine the rootedness of a local architecture firm with the openness of a design studio invested in larger questions of the discipline, mainly the relationship between geometry and typology explored through the constraints of construction.

The team of architects, designers, and students has achieved a repertoire of built works, research projects, and award-winning competition entries. The latter includes fourth prize in the International Competition for the Bauhaus Museum in Dessau; honorable mentions for their entries to both the Guggenheim Helsinki Competition and the International Competition for the Kaunas Concert Center; and two Canadian Architects Awards.

Principals Nima Javidi and Behnaz Assadi hold teaching positions at the University of Toronto in both the Master of architecture and Landscape Architecture programs. Nima Javidi also teaches at The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at The Cooper Union.

This exhibition is organized in conjunction with an eponymous lecture on Wednesday, March 4 at 6:30 in Room 315F, Foundation Building. 

Opening Reception
Wednesday, March 4, 2020 following the lecture
3rd Floor Hallway Gallery, Foundation Building
7 East 7th Street, New York, NY 10003

This event is open to current Cooper Union students, faculty, and staff. 

View the full Spring 2020 Lectures and Events List.

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  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

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