Art Omi: Architecture

2018 Residents

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Barbara Barreda (Chile)
Christopher Berg (USA)
Doel Fresse (USA [PR])
Mitsue Kido (Chile/Japan)
Jesus Lopez (Mexico)
Gregory Melitonov (USA)
Jennifer Newsom + Tom Carruthers (USA)
Maurice Pefura (France/Italy)
Jason Vigneri (USA)

2018 Residency Dates:

February 23 - March 11, 2018

Public Events

Saturday, March 10, 2018
Architecture: Final Reviews


Art Omi announced a new residency program for architects in 2017. This residency is first of its kind in the nation, inviting 10 early- to mid-career architects from around the world to develop their work during a full two-week residency on Omi's campus. Art Omi: Architecture aims to nurture experimentation at the intersection of architecture, art and landscape.

Architecture Residents are selected on the basis of their individual proposed project and portfolio. Residents receive individual accommodations and dedicated desk-space within the campus. Completed projects are presented in an informal critique setting at the end of the residency period, with visitors invited to see the proceedings.

Each year a distinguished Architecture Critic is invited to visit and meet with the residents during the last weekend of the residency and will lead the final presentations where the public can observe this key aspect in the process of making architecture.

Applicants must submit and describe a project they wish to work on, on their own, while at Art Omi. Projects may be conceptual or practical, and may be an on-going or existing project that requires completion or a new design scheme to be initiated and completed by the end of the residency. Projects may not be client based nor directed. In all instances a visual presentation and a final work product is required. This may be in the form of drawings, maquettes, collages, digital images and the like. Written manuscripts and essays are not to be worked on nor initiated while at Omi. Each resident is expected to bring their own design tools, with some limited printing and up to $50 allowance for materials provided.

Application is open to architects from any part of the world that have been professionally active for at least the past six (6) years since professional licensing or obtaining an M. Arch. degree in the U.S. or internationally. Applications will be accepted from early and mid-career architects in active practice or in academia with an architectural design teaching concentration. We do not accept applications from students currently enrolled in any B. Arch, M. Arch, or PhD program. Please note: having a Master's degree in Architecture and/or an architectural license IS a requirement. Space is very limited and a diverse and international group is sought, consistent with all Omi Residency programs and aligning with the mission of the Art Omi: Architecture program.

All completed applications adhering to the submission requirements will be reviewed by a distinguished panel of professionals. Among the jurors will be practicing architects, architects in academia, and architecture curators.

Accomodations & Facilities

Art Omi is located two and a half hours north of New York City in the scenic Hudson River Valley's Columbia County. Named for a neighboring village, the hamlet of Omi is close to the small town of Ghent, NY, as well as Albany, Chatham, and Hudson, NY, which offers train connections less than thirty minutes away (we can provide transportation to and from the Hudson, NY train station).

The facilities, situated on three hundred acres of open land, include include sixty acres dedicated to Architecture Omi, The Fields Sculpture Park and the Benenson Visitors Center & Café. A large two-story barn, plus contemporary residence buildings designed with a vernacular reference to local farm structures, all surrounded by abundant perennial beds and expansive lawns dotted with fruit trees, completes the campus.

Ledig House, a Federal Period estate house serves as a gathering center for residents, providing a full kitchen, library and laundry facilities. The front porch overlooks rolling hills and the majestic outline of the Catskill Range. A swimming pool, bicycles, WiFi access and several computers are available on the premises. Chef-prepared lunch and dinner are served daily for communal meals, and a fully stocked kitchen provides plentiful food for breakfasts and snacks.

Columbia County, and the nearby Berkshire Mountains, are popular destinations because of their historical, natural and cultural riches. From bird sanctuaries to summer performance festivals, presidential mansions to farmer's markets, the environs offer a singular blend of bucolic quiet and cultural stimulation. Staff and friends in the vicinity are often available for excursions of interest to residents.

Past Residents


How to Apply

The application cycle for the 2018 Residency Program has closed. Please check back in Fall 2018 for information on applying for the 2019 Residency.

2018 Critic-in-Residence

Julie V. Iovine is the architecture critic for The Wall Street Journal. From 2007 – 2012, she was executive editor of The Architect's Newspaper, an award-winning newspaper and web source cherished by the profession. Iovine spent over a decade at The New York Times writing on design and architecture. Her books include New York in Fifty Design Icons (Octopus Publishing/London Design Museum, 2015); Civic Action (The Noguchi Museum, 2012); Modern Americana with Todd Merrrill, (Rizzoli, 2008); Louis I. Kahn’s Esherick House (Wright, 2008); Michael Graves: Compact Design Portfolio (Chronicle Books, 2002); Guggenheim: New York/Bilbao (Princeton Architectural Press).

2018 Jury

Stella Betts is a partner at LEVENBETTS, an award winning New York City–based architecture practice. LEVENBETTS was founded by David Leven and Stella Betts in 1997. Betts received her bachelor of arts from Connecticut College and her master of architecture from Harvard GSD. She has taught at Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation; Parsons The New School for Design; The Cooper Union; and Syracuse University School of Architecture. Betts currently serves on the board of the Architectural League of New York.

LEVENBETTS's work has been recognized nationally and internationally through awards, exhibitions, and publications. The office has won eight New York City AIA awards, two New York State AIA Awards, six Society of American Registered Architects Awards, and three International Podium Awards, most notably for its renovation of the third floor of the historic Sibley Hall at Cornell University's College of Art, Architecture, and Planning. The office is currently working on three branch libraries for the Brooklyn Public Library, the renovation of Weill Hall at Cornell University, and several single family houses in upstate New York.

Meta Brunzema is an architect/urban designer and educator who develops cutting-edge approaches to spatial, environmental and socio-political challenges at the scale of buildings, cities, and territories. She is the principal of Meta Brunzema Architect P.C. and a member of the Collective for Community, Culture and Environment LLC, a women-owned consultancy and professional network that focuses on urban planning, architecture, landscape architecture and urban design, environmental sustainability, economic and community development, public art and placemaking, energy and public health. Ms. Brunzema is an Adjunct Assistant Professor and the Departmental Sustainability Coordinator of the Graduate Architecture and Urban Design Program at Pratt.

Beatrice Galilee is a British curator, writer, critic, consultant and lecturer of contemporary art, architecture and design who has made her mark on both sides of the Atlantic. In 2014, she was appointed Daniel Brodsky Associate Curator of Architecture and Design at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. In her short time at The Met she has curated site-specific installations by Cornelia Parker, Wolfgang Tillmans and Adrian Villar Rojas, as well as building the museum’s collection of architectural objects, photographs and films and initiating major new public programs. Before The Met, Galilee was Chief Curator of the 2013 Lisbon Architecture Triennale, co-curator at 2011 Gwangju Design Biennale and co-curator of the 2009 Shenzhen Hong Kong Biennale of Architecture. She founded The Gopher Hole, an exhibition space in London; has worked as a writer and editor for international architecture and art magazines and was associate lecturer at London’s Central St Martins School of Art and Desgin. She was a nominator in the 2018−2019 Rolex Arts Initiative.

Director & Board

Architecture Director

Architect and urban designer Warren James is based in Manhattan. He is also a guest curator, published author, lecturer and visiting professor. The architecture and planning studio he founded, WAJA+P, has designed both PINTA: Modern and Contemporary Latin American Art and FLUX Art fairs in New York, and worked on exhibitions for The Museum of Modern Art, Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum, Museo del Barrio, Museum of The City of New York, and Museo de Arte de Ponce. As part of a multidisciplinary team the firm worked on the planning and development for the proposed National Latino Museum in Washington, DC. James studied architecture and urban design at Cornell and Columbia. His architectural drawings are in the permanent collection of the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, and Centre Canadien d'Architecture.

Program Board

  • Lee H. Skolnick, Board Chair
  • Elisabeth Akkerman*
  • Isabelle Autones
  • Alice Aycock
  • Meta Brunzema
  • Jacob Buksbaum
  • John Cleater
  • Tarik Currimbhoy
  • Bruce L. Ehrmann
  • Glenn Erickson
  • Peter Franck
  • Francis Greenburger
  • Jackie Horowitz
  • Marc Kemeny
  • Oliver Kruse
  • Michael Regan
  • Kathleen Triem
  • Rachel Weingeist
  • Allan Wexler

* in memoriam


New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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