ignacio g. galán
[ igg - office for architecture ]

New York / Madrid
igg@ignaciogalan.com
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 A conversation with Andrés Jaque, published in "Society Building Interiors"

Published in Volume Magazine n.33 (2012)

Madrid-New York / 2012

IGG:   You have claimed that "Ikea builds societies", countering the  motto that announces Ikea interiors as ‘the independent republic of your home. You argue that interiors are key to understanding contemporary social structures and can claim to have a political status, in opposition to those that privilege the city as the paradigmatic sphere for the construction of the social and the ultimate res-publica.

AJ: Yes, I don't think that the paradigm of the city can account for the reality I am attempting to grasp. Even the dialectics urban/rural or urban/suburban are no longer valid. Individuals and groups are no longer shaped by cities or  landscapes, but mainly by the way they establish associations with a series of home-like interiors. We can only account for contemporary subjects and societies if we recognize how they are constructed in association with small architectural devices like living rooms, kitchens, bedrooms, psychotherapy rooms, hotel beds, or bingo tables.

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    [igg - office for architecture] is a design and research office based in New York City and led by Ignacio G. Galán, PhD. The work of the office focuses on architecture's role in the articulation of society through design projects, research, and pedagogical endeavours. The designs of the office have been awarded in competitions including the First Prize for the New Velodrome in Medellín and are part of the permanent collection of the Pompidou Center. The office was a finalist to the 2014 Iakov Chernikhov Prize as a result of its contributions to design culture. 

    The work of the office unfolds through diverse media and platforms and is continuously informed by different kinds of conversations and collaborations. Galán's research has led to the production of several publications and exhibitions including the installation Cinecittá Occupata for the 2014 Venice Biennale by invitation of the general curator Rem Koolhaas. Together with the After Belonging Agency, Galán was the Chief Curator of the 2016 Oslo Architecture Triennale (Graham Foundation Grant 2015). He previously collaborated in the research project Radical Pedagogies, led by Beatriz Colomina at Princeton SOA, and has co-curated its exhibition at the 2013 Lisbon Architecture Triennale and at the 2014 Venice Biennale, where it was awarded a Special Mention of the Jury. 

    Galán studied Architecture at ETSAMadrid and TUDelft, he graduated as a Fulbright Scholar from the MArchII program at Harvard GSD, and has a PhD in Architecture History and Theory of Architecture from Princeton. He has been a Fellow at the Spanish Academy in Rome. He is Term Assistant Professor in the Department of Architecture at Barnard+Columbia Colleges and has taught studios and seminars at Columbia GSAPP and PennDesign among others.

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    We understand architecture as a key agent participating in the articulation of society. 

    We explore the ways in which architecture contributes to the definition of new ways of being together.

    We are concerned with architecture's relation to cultural transfers, material networks, and diverse forms of population transience in a global context. The relation of these forms of circulation challenge our understanding of architecture (conventionally associated with control, enclosure, permanence, and stability), requires new imaginations for our ways of being together and consequently remains a realm for further inquiry and intervention.

    We are additionally interested in the objects, media technologies, and institutions transforming architecture's individual occupations, its collective operations, and its diverse types of mobilization. 

    These emphases lead the work of the office and continuously challenge our methods of analysis and our design practice.