We are a group of architects, writers, artists, designers, and curators.
Justin Allen. Director. New York
Justin is a writer, researcher, and urbanist who writes about architecture, art and urban practice. Justin works as Curatorial Associate on "Spontaneous Interventions: Design Actions For The Common Good", the U.S. Pavilion exhibit at the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale and for the Chicago Cultural Center edition in the summer of 2013. In Venice, the exhibit was awarded a Special Mention by the Golden Lion Jury, the first time ever for the U.S. for architecture. Justin is a Fellow at the Institute For Urban Design and has lived in Europe and Latin America. Justin organizes architectural projects and programming related to the art institution, curation, and exterior spaces.
Danielle Rago. Editor. New York and Los Angeles
Danielle Rago is a curator and writer. Danielle holds a Master’s degree in Architecture and Critical Thinking from the Architectural Association in London. Her focus is on the shifting role of the institution and media, and how contemporary architecture and its public is being produced and mediated through the institution and curator. She has worked with the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim Museum in New York and the A+D Museum in Los Angeles. She has been published in Abitare, Domus, The Architect’s Newspaper, CLOG, Architectural Record, and Log: Observations on Contemporary Architecture.
Brunella Angeli. Writer. Milan
Brunella is an architect, curator, and writer. Brunella has a Master of Architecture from the Politecnico di Milano in Italy where she also taught the course “History of Contemporary Architecture”.
Brunella curated the volume Pietro Detrossi, L’avventura del Progetto (The Adventure Of A Project) for Italian editor Franco Angeli, and co-curated CittaEmilia an Italian-English volume with the Kent State University Press; she wrote headings for the forthcoming volume L’architettura del Novecento (20th Century Architecture) for Einaudi. In 2011, with Gizmo, she helped realize the exhibit, “The Architecture You Like” at MAXXI Museum in Rome. Recently she assisted with the curation of “Pierluigi Nervi La fabbrica sospesa/The suspended Paper Factory” exhibition at Palazzo Te in Mantova, Italy.
Jimena Amaral. Architect and Graphic Designer. New York
Jimena is an architect, artist and graphic designer. She received her Masters in Architecture from the University of Maryland where she also served as a design critic and teaching assistant for digital media courses. Her work focuses on opposition as the framework for her exploration of ideas of conflict and negotiation viewed through the lens of collage. Jimena explores the medium of collage in her own works as well.
Alyona Valerie Dybunov. Writer. New York
Alyona is a writer and contemporary art historian. She has joined the SOA team following her undergraduate studies at Parsons The New School for Design and CUNY where she studied art history. She is currently pursuing MA in Art History at Hunter College, working with Joachim Pissarro and Katy Siegel. As both curator and scholar, Alyona is interested in cultural criticism, modern, and late modern art, as well as in the discourse of taste, values, and collecting.
Alice Piciocchi. Designer. Milan
Alice graduated in Design from the Politecnico di Milano. She immediately focused her research on the design of public spaces, fostering a true passion / obsession with urban voids, plazas, community gardens and spaces to re-activate. She worked at the Reporting System an association for public art and for esterni where she work on three editions of the Public Design Festival. She is the former Web Editor at Abitare and currently works at Domus.