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01.31.17 – Montottone Barchessa, by Vivian Lee and James Macgillivray, to be be featured in an upcoming exhibition at Syracuse University

Montottone Barchessa, a project by Daniels Faculty Assistant Professor Vivian Lee and Lecturer James Macgillivray will be featured in an upcoming exhibition at Syracuse University in Florence.

Lee and Macgillivray are cofounders of the firm LAMAS, an interdisciplinary studio focused on issues of craft traditions and perception in architecture and the fine arts.

A bed and breakfast near the small town Montottone in the Marches of Italy, Montottone Barchessa takes the form of the barchessa, an agricultural appendage of 16th Century Venetian villas. Write Lee and Macgillivray, “this historical reference is complicated by its programmatic mutation from empty storage to the individuated privacy of rooms.

The exhibition will be on view at 25 Piazzale Donatello, Florence starting February 16th.

In other news, Lee and Macgillivray's MoMA PS1 entry Underberg (pictured, above) will be featured in the inaugural issue of The Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture's journal WASH, titled "Utopia”.

Lee’s research focuses on the role of craft and labor practices in architecture and building. Her writings, teaching, and design work have touched on the concept of craft in several diverse subjects including professional practice, labor, vernacular traditions, and ornament.

A filmmaker, Macgillivray has published on film, architecture, and projection in Scapegoat, ACSA Journal, The Journal of Modern Craft, the Canadian Journal of Film Studies and Tarkovsky, a collection of writings on the work of Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky.