Jonathan Tate, principal of OJT, will discuss his office as a balance between the norms of traditional practice and opportunistic investigations and development. The confluence of these two agendas has enabled an entrepreneurial-minded, multi-scalar practice involved in topics as varied as housing, transit systems, historic preservation and regional planning. The work — investigative and architectural — is fundamentally concerned with the creation of urban space and architectural form that confronts topical concerns while engaging with our disciplinary continuum. Through select examples of their recent work, Tate will illustrate their conceptual range and project focus. Specifically, he will demonstrate the role of applied research in their practice as the progenitor of urban-scaled strategies and realized works that address topical housing issues; strategic planning as a response to regional environmental degradation and global sea-level rise; and the exploitation of urban spatial typologies as an architectural form generator.
- Bable to connect the role of design research with specific architectural project potentials. Also, how inner-office environmental, social and economic concerns can be leveraged in this process to create work that makes lasting impacts on its physical and historic context.
- Be able to see how urban design strategies have direct impacts at the scale of the building, including consideration and incorporation of responses to local ecologies, economic criteria, zoning and land-use patterns, real estate analytics, and accessibility and affordability.
- Be able to recognize the capacity of an entrepreneurially-minded practice to engage and contribute to the development of a city, how their activities are connected to and influence broader urban policy and regulation, and how self-initiated work can influence and shape traditional, client supported commissions.
- See how stylistically new buildings in historic contexts can facilitate a constructive dialogue with traditional preservation concerns, introduce new responsive architectural forms, embrace modern building systems and technologies and provide increased accessibility.