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One to One | 1:1, Online Exhibition

Mon, Apr 27, 2020 12am - Sun, Jun 14, 2020 11:59pm

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One to One | 1:1 is a literal and conceptual parallel between Ja Architecture Studio's space in Toronto and the School of Architecture’s 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 their 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.

One to One | 1:1 opened in the 3rd floor hallway of the Foundation Building on February 23 2020, and was scheduled to run through mid-March. Because public access to the physical exhibition was cut short, this online exhibition re-presents the work through photographs by Maeve FitzHoward paired with the text panels and captions featured in the original presentation.

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One to One | 1:1 (click to view gallery)

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 studio’s 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 of The Cooper Union.

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “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.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.