After an initial term as Louis I. Kahn Visiting Assistant Professor, Mr. Bald has continued to teach design studios and visualization at the School. Previously, he taught design and theory at Cornell University, Columbia University, the University of Michigan, and Parsons. Mr. Bald is a partner in the New York-based Studio SUMO, which has been featured as one of Architectural Record’s Design Vanguard and the Architectural League of New York’s Emerging Voices. His firm has received a Young Architects award from the Architectural League, fellowships from NYFA and NYSCA, and was a finalist in the Museum of Modern Art’s Young Architects program. SUMO’s work, which ranges from installations to institutional buildings, has been exhibited in the National Building Museum, MoMA, the Venice Biennale, the Field Museum, the GA Gallery, and the Urban Center. Mr. Bald has an enduring research interest in modernism, popular culture, and nation-making in Brazil, for which he received fellowships from the Fulbright and Graham Foundations and published a series of articles.
“Micro” in Japanese Architecture and Urbanism
This seminar focuses on recent trends in Japanese architecture and design culture over the past twenty years that developed since the bursting of the bubble economy and the architectural excess it enabled. The course looks at architectural, urban, and aesthetic concepts that embrace the diminutive. Topics include the contemporary Japanese house, micro-urbanism, return to nature movements, and concepts of both the cute and monstrous. These are explored through a series of lenses that engage tradition, pragmatism, sustainability, gender, and nationalism. The seminar requires readings and class discussion as well as an independent research project that culminates in a presentation and a paper.