HouMinn teaches "Catalyst" at University of Minnesota

During the week of March 8 - 12, Blair and Marc co-taught a one-week "Catalyst" at the Univesity of Minnesota. Catalysts are integral components in the School of Architecture's innovative new graduate curriculum, which won an AIA Education Honor Award in 2008. You can read about it here. Our catalyst, entitled, "Spatializing Routines," asked students to work in teams to research and diagram the production paths of two seamingly disparate food items in one cohesive drawing. One of the more successful examples, from students Katy Dale and Molly Eagen, is pictured above.

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HouMinn lectures at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee

HouMinn Practice was honored to lecture at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee on Friday, March 6 to a packed house. It was great to visit the school and to see all the excellent work their students and faculty are producing. We were treated to an exceptional tour of the city's architecture and a sampling of one of its greatest exports, beer, by faculty member and practicing architect Grace La. If you aren't aware of the work of her firm, La Dallman Architects, you can peruse it here, along with the School of Architecture and Urban Planning (SARUP) website:

La Dallman

School of Architecture and Urban Planning 


HouMinn Named 2009 Michael Owens Jones Lecturers at UVA

HouMinn is excited to be named the 2009 Michael Owens Jones Lecturers at the University of Virginia School of Architecture.The family of Michael Owen Jones (BSArch'85) funded this perpetual lectureship to invite young design professionals to bring their enthusiasm and talent to the School of Architecture with an annual lecture.

The lecture will be given Friday, January 30, 2009. Follow the link below to see past lecturers.

Michael Owens Jones Lecture


Acadia 2008 - Silicon + Skin


The Association for Computer-Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA) together with the Digital Design Consortium in the School of Architecture and Computer Science at the University of Minnesota held the ACADIA 2008 conference in Minneapolis from October 16 - 19. The conference, entitled "Silicon + Skin: Biological Processes and Computation" fostered design work and research from the worlds of practice and academia that lie at the intersection between design, biology, and computation. More specifically, this conference identified and examined current trends in digital design technologies developed and applied in the framework of biologically inspired processes and digitally assisted sustainable design.

acadia 2008

Blair presented at the Acadi@Minneapolis event (Acadi@Minneapolis).

Marc served as the site chair and coordinated the conference. Acadia '08 was a huge success due to the Hurculean efforts of an amazing team (listed below).


Site Chair
Marc Swackhamer, UMN / houminn

Technical Chairs
Andrew Kudless, CCA / Matsys
Neri Oxman, MIT / Material Ecology

Exhibition Chairs
Billie Faircloth, Kieran Timberlake Associates
Kiel Moe, Northeastern

Anxious Climate Exhibition Curator
David Gissen, California College of the Arts


HouMinn at SciArc

HouMinn travels to Los Angeles to present Cloak Wall | Cloak House at SciArc as part of the Architect Magazine 2nd Annual R+D Awards Celebration.