World Building: The Stories We Tell


Join UCLA Architecture and Urban Design for the second event in our 2019 IDEAS Event Series: 


The realities we construct are in the stories we tell. Whether in literature, cinema, art, architecture, or other disciplines, each story we tell almost become tiny parallel universes, each with their own physical and metaphysical norms. It is this ability to build worlds that allows humans to expand beyond the existing reality we live in. 


4 PM - 6 PM: Presentations and Panel Discussions

Hosted by Jimenez LaiIDEAS Entertainment Studio with Kevin Pazik and David Jiménez Iniesta
Lydia Kallipoliti, Founder, ANAcycle and Assistant Professor of Architecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)
Esther ClaudioPh.D. Student, UCLA Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Theo TriantafyllidisArtist, Architect and UCLA Arts DMA Lecturer
Anna PuigjanerCo-founder, MAIO Studio and Associate Professor of Professional Practice, Columbia GSAPP



Jimenez Lai, IDEAS Entertainment Studio with Kevin Pazik and David Jiménez Iniesta

Jimenez Lai lived and worked in a desert shelter at Taliesin and resided in a shipping container at Atelier Van Lieshout on the piers of Rotterdam. He is the co-founder of Bureau Spectacular, a Los Angeles-based design studio. Before founding Bureau Spectacular, Lai worked for various international offices, including OMA. Lai is widely exhibited and published around the world, including the MoMA-collected White Elephant. His first manifesto, Citizens of No Place, was published by Princeton Architectural Press with a grant from the Graham Foundation. Draft II of this book has been archived at the New Museum as a part of the show Younger Than Jesus. Lai has won various awards, including the Architectural League Prize for Young Architects and Debut Award at the Lisbon Triennale. Lai designed the Taiwan Pavilion at the 14th Venice Architectural Biennale, organized the Treatise exhibition and publication series at the Graham Foundation, and constructed a 52' tall structure at the 2016 Coachella Valley Music Festival.

About the IDEAS Entertainment Studio 

The IDEAS Entertainment Studio is proposed as a step into this photogenic architectural movement by using specific media language, not only as a representation of a “new reality” or self-promotion but as a design mechanism in a contemporary architectural milieu overburdened by images. The broad adoption of social media platforms by architects and their broad range of media, including images, stories, and videos, implies, on one hand, a simple pornification of the discipline and, on the other, a new medium for architects. The role of the architect, today, must include the production and curation of media and a simultaneous development of a cult following. 


Lydia Kallipoliti, Founder, ANAcycle and Assistant Professor of Architecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Lydia Kallipoliti is an award-winning architect, engineer, writer and curator and the Founder of ANAcycle, a design and writing studio based in Brooklyn, New York. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Architecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and at RPI’s Center for Architecture, Science and Ecology (CASE) in New York where she teaches seminars on material culture, history of technology and theories of waste and reuse, as well as closed and self-reliant systems and urban environments. Her research on the intersection of cybernetic and ecological theories is presented in a variety of media including online digital platforms, lexicons, databases and archives, exhibitions and holographic animations, with the scope of engaging a wide audience in what she calls ‘immersive scholarship.’ Her work on ecological design is widely recognized.

About ANAcycle

ANAcyling [ανα-κύκλωσης] suggests a perpetual orbital movement around disciplinary objects, transforming not only matter and ideas, but also the arrow of time. Therefore, ANAcyling is an ideational and philosophical system of viewing the world of ideas, information and matter as flow rather than as the accumulation of discrete objects. More than a material system, ANAcyling signals the migration of life through the conversion of one thing to another. This platform represents a body of work where the developmental model of material, conceptual and cultural ANAcyling is considered inherent to design practice.


Esther Claudio, Ph.D. Student, UCLA Department of Spanish & Portuguese

Esther Claudio Moreno is a Ph.D. student at the Spanish and Portuguese Department of UCLA. She graduated in English from Universidad de Alcala (Spain) and has taught English as a foreign language for nearly ten years. She has studied at University of Manchester and received her Master in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language from Universidad de Alcala in 2012. She has taught Spanish to US students at Universidad de Alcala and works as a TA at UCLA at the moment. Her research focuses on borders and depictions of the city in graphic novel with a Transatlantic Perspective.

About UCLA Department of Spanish & Portuguese

UCLA’s Department of Spanish and Portuguese is dedicated to research and teaching related to the languages, literatures, and cultures of the Spanish and Portuguese-speaking worlds. The department offers a full range of undergraduate and graduate courses in five undergraduate majors, four minors, and the Ph.D. in Hispanic Languages and Literatures. Their mission is to educate the next generation of teachers, scholars, and citizens in our areas of specialization within the broader context of Los Angeles, the State of California, and the nation.


Theo Triantafyllidis, Artist, Architect and UCLA Arts DMA Lecturer

Theo Triantafyllidis (b. 1988, Athens, GR) is an artist who builds virtual spaces and the interfaces for the human body to inhabit them. He creates complex worlds and systems where the virtual and the physical merge in uncanny, absurd and poetic ways. These are manifested as performances, mixed reality experiences, games and interactive installations. He holds an MFA from UCLA, Design Media Arts and a Diploma of Architecture from the National Technical University of Athens. He is based in LA.


Anna Puigjaner, Co-Founder, MAIO Studio and Associate Professor of Professional Practice, Columbia GSAPP

Anna Puigjaner, Ph.D., is the co-founder of MAIO Studio, an architectural office that works on flexible systems where notions such as variation, ephemeral or ad hoc, permit theoretical positions materialize. Anna is currently an Associate Professor of Professional Practice at Columbia GSAPP. Prior to this, she taught at the Royal College of Art, and the Barcelona School of Architecture ETSAB/ETSAV - UPC. For the last six years she has also managed the magazine Quadern.

About MAIO Studio

MAIO Studio is an architectural office based in Barcelona and New York that works on spatial systems that permit theoretical positions materialize. The practice has developed a wide range of projects, from housing blocks or urban planning to furniture or exhibition design.


About the 2019 IDEAS Event Series

UCLA Architecture and Urban Design's IDEAS campus is an incubator for collaborative, cross-disciplinary design research. Students and faculty work with partners across entertainment, mobility, technology and urban strategy applying the analytical and design processes of architecture and urban design to emerging developments in these industries. By engaging with experts from other fields, we expand architecture’s field of influence and leverage design to propose alternative, more intelligent futures.

The IDEAS Event Series looks beyond architecture’s traditional boundaries to explore emerging trends in Los Angeles’ most creative industries including technology, urbanism and entertainment. As an opportunity for interdisciplinary exchange, speakers will present cutting-edge research and engage in meaningful discussions about the future of their fields and the roles they play in the evolution of architecture and the urban environment.

Each event is free to the public and will take place at the IDEAS campus. Check aud.ucla.edu for updates on upcoming events in the 2019 IDEAS Event Series.