Viola Ago is an architectural designer, educator, and practitioner. Recently, Viola was awarded the Wortham Fellowship at Rice University, the Yessios Visiting Professorship at the Ohio State University and the Muschenheim Fellowship at the University of Michigan. In addition, Viola was also awarded a Macdowell Residency, a University Design Research Fellowship from Exhibit Columbus, and a research residency at the Autodesk Technology Center in Boston. Prior to UCLA, Viola taught at the Rice University, as well as the Harvard GSD, Rhode Island School of Design, University of Michigan, and the SCI-Arc. She earned her M.Arch degree from SCI-Arc in Los Angeles, and a B.ArchSc from Ryerson University in Toronto. Prior to teaching, Viola was a lead designer in the Advanced Technology Team at Morphosis Architects working on international built and competition projects. Viola’s written work has been published in Log, Wiley’s AD Architectural Design Magazine, Routledge’s Instabilities and Potentialities Book, Sci-Arc’s Offramp, Acadia Conference Proceedings, TxA Emerging Design and Technology Journal, JAE Journal, Architect’s Newspaper, Archinect, among others. She has multiple forthcoming publications by Wiley, AR+D and Routledge. Her work has been exhibited in Los Angeles, Boston, Houston, Ghent NY, San Francisco, Miami, Columbus, Ann Arbor, and Cincinnati. Viola’s design research practice, MIRACLES Architecture, focuses on architecture’s role in a world inhabited with forms of duress. Her interests in the affective conditions of war and conflict ridden territories has fueled her investigations towards a design research project that looks at the aesthetic and formal agency of destruction and disorder through methods of perceptual mechanisms. Her architectural project broadly speaking looks to political theory and the method of phenomenology of empathy, and digital technological advancements such as real-time physics engines and production methodologies.
Katie Chuh is currently working as an associate at Workpoint Engineering, a structural engineering company here in Culver City. she was an architectural designer at Kevin daily architects and a graduate research fellow at city lab here at ucla AUD. Katie received her bachelor’s degree in structural engineering with a minor in fine art from UCSD, Katie then went on to do the M.arch program here at ucla. Katie has participated in a wide range of projects including multi-family, custom single-family houses, educational projects and commercial buildings.