The latest issue of the student and alumni led UC Berkeley architecture journal Room 1000 is out! The issue, titled Material, features a fantastic list of contributors and comes at a moment where contemplating the stuff of buildings has a renewed urgency. Keefer contributed an article titled “Insulation and Ideology: Politicizing the Technical Space of Architecture” arguing for a need to bring architectural technics back into the fold of criticality.
In October Keefer will be heading west - way west! - to speak on architects, activism, and organizing at the 2019 convergence of the Australasian Student Architecture Congress in Christchurch, New Zealand. Stay posted for details, and click through to the DISSENT website to learn more!
This June, Keefer and other members of the Architecture Lobby, including Peggy Deamer, will speak at AIA San Francisco’s 2019 conference entitled NEXT/GEN ARCHITECTURE. The talk will discuss the positive relationship between unionization rates and housing affordability. More information here.
In 2017 I co-founded Pigeon Studio with Ferdinand Kuznik — in 2019 I will begin a new adventure by focusing on teaching and working as a sole practitioner! Read the full statement from me and Ferdinand below:
Friends, Colleagues, and Clients
Thank you all for following Pigeon Studio’s work over the past two years. It is with a mix of sadness and excitement that we announce Keefer will be leaving Pigeon this year to focus on developing his teaching career. Moving forward, he will be accepting a small number of commissions each year as a sole practitioner. He will stay on to wrap up the existing projects he is involved with but will be winding down his involvement with the studio immediately. Ferdinand Kuznik will continue operating Pigeon Studio, narrowing the scope of the firm to focus primarily on aesthetics-forward real-estate development while continuing the attentive client service we’ve worked hard to provide since our launch in 2017.
As architects, we spend our time constantly balancing visions of what is possible with actual circumstances. Our original vision for Pigeon Studio — of a nimble, collaborative design practice that is multifaceted without compromise — still remains. However, our personal circumstances and immediate interests have changed. It is our mutual hope that further down the road the possibility of carrying out this original vision will reemerge.
In the meantime, we are both excited about our next steps and look forward to sharing our respective journeys with all of you.
With hope for new beginnings,
Keefer Dunn, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ferdinand Kuznik, email@example.com
Pigeon Studio Co-Founders
On February 28th Keefer will be at the IIT Career Fair in Herman Hall from 12-4pm representing the Architecture Lobby and talking to job-seeking students about knowing their rights as an employee, avoiding unsavory employers, and negotiating better compensation and conditions!
Some of Keefer’s Pigeon Studio work featured was recently featured in Uxo Architects’ “Architectural Labor” zine alongside incredible work from colleagues around the country. This issue explores the relationship between artistic and technical production by juxtaposing construction documents with production imagery to give a full sense of the scope of how the architectural will becomes manifest.
This weekend Keefer will be at University of Michigan’s Taubman College discussing activist and labor organizing strategies with fellow Architecture Lobby members from across the midwest.