TOMI LAJA SELECTED WORKS
cover image “Atmosphere” 36” x 36” charcoal on paper left image collage for Datum no.9
Through this program, I have been given the opportunity to connect with architects, activist, writers, artists, and designers doing this very thing. Architecture cannot completely solve problems, but it can expose tensions , add beauty, and attempt to use the concepts of space to benefit peoples and communities.
Maybe our duties as architects is to dance with the system, Seduce and acknowledge. Understand its ways and use it for social advancement.
While in architecture school, what I appreciate most is the power of dreaming with action. All of my works are journeys of critiquing, researching, and imagining beyond, which then resolves into a sharing of what I believe to be progressivewhether socially, environmentally, or aesthetically. The knowledge of oppression embedded within our systems influences my thinking, while the optimism to communicate a new dream is my motivation to design. Through architecture, as well as overall designing and writing, I hope to bring theory to a larger audience.
Iowa State University College of Design Bachelor of Architecture, French Language Minor Anticipated Completion: Dec 2019 2019 OPN Masterclass +Yoshiharu Tsukamoto of Atelier Bow-Wow The Funambulist Magazine Paris, France Summer 2018 + Editorial Assistant Undergraduate Assistant Dept. of Architecture, Iowa State University Fall 2017-present + Student Assistant for Dept. Chair Deborah Hauptmann + Public Programs Committee + Global Image: Social Media and PR
Community Advisor Dept. of Residence, Iowa State University Fall 2016- present + Residence Assistant + Trained in crisis management and response + Aid and resource to 70+ students / semester DATUM, Journal of Architecture Iowa State University College of Design Fall 2017-present + Student Contributor, 2017- 2019 + Editorial Design Team, 2018 + Social Media and PR, 2018 Revival Magazine Iowa State University College of Design Fall 2015-Spring 2017 + Fashion Director, Assistant, 2017 + Fashion Committee, 2015, 2016
TOMI O. LAJA tomiwho.com / email@example.com Chicago, Illinois
Kalaher Award + Presented to one 4th year project that successfully incorporates research and critical, theoretical discourse in approaching complex issues that intersect architectural design. Leonard Wolf Leadership Award (2019) + Recognizes a third or fourth-year student who has demonstrated leadership and services to the department and excellent scholastic achievement. Lightfoot Scholar (2018) +Endowment for internships in architecture George Washington Carver Scholar (2014- 2019) +Full Tuition Merit Scholarship
NCMA CMU Unit Design Competition +3rd Place University Level AutoCAD;Adobe Suite: InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Premier; Microsoft Office; Freehand Drawing, Rhinoceros, VRAY Render, ArcGIS, 3D Fabrication (3D printing, CNC, modelling); Presentation; Research English, fluent French, intermediate Available upon request.
346 Bowery Street, NYC
An 8-foot-wide infill house occupying a vacant lot in Manhattan designed as an alternative short term studio space for a botanist. Infill dwellings occupy minimal footprint and facade surfaces. The site is currently a vacant lot. This imagined studio house is in response to the low vacant ratio in NYC.
ARCH 302 _Instructor Bosuk Hur _Partner Ahmed Al-Yaseen
The footprint of the site is 80% public space. The first floor of the apartment is open for the community with nooks for shading, conversing, or relaxing. The vertical boundaries serve as programming partitions, circulation, and housing for electrical and drainage piping.
1. Private garden 2. Bedroom 1
3. Meditative space
5. Living Space 6. Study
7. Entrance area
9. Toilet 10. Closet
some items collaged by artwork by artist Andrea Smith with permission.
US Embassy in CDMX Nuevo Polanco, Mexico
The studio asked: what is an embassy? We inquired not only about their spatial qualities, but also about their socio-political and economic contexts to reimagine what an embassy can be. These architectures are not ordinary buildings but rather extraterritorial sites, a home away from the home country diplomatically representing both of the entities involved.
ARCH 401 _Instructor Ivonne Santoyo _Partner Matthew Bong
7 8 9 4
1 administraciรณn 3. biblioteca 5. reading room 7. temporary galleries 9. outdoor seating circle 11. pavilions 2 archive / watchtower 4. book & supply store 6. cyber cafe & print 8. empty pool & basketball 10. residential flats
HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT
While the concept of citizenship speaks about the relationship between the many and a nation, in practice, the exercise of citizensâ€™ rights comes in a plurality of forms. In an ever more privatized world, contemporary citizenship appears complex and at times a paradox- connecting some while excluding others. This embassy proposes to represent the multiplicities embedded in the concept of citizenship by fragmenting the architecture into various buildings that are layered and unified through their spatial composition. In doing this, the architecture of the embassy is full of spatial tension that optimistically attempts to walk the tightrope of a manipulated system.
SCALE 1:100 0
Bürolandschaft office landscape
Visa Processing Passport Processing General Consular Offices
Political Section Economic Section Public Affairs Human Resources Treasury Department Peace Corps Human Resources
Commercial Service CBP Customs + Border Protection FAS Foreign Agricultural Service ATO Agriculture Trade Office FDA Food and Drug Administration APHIS Animal Plant Health Inspection OFAC Office of Foreign Assets Control
USAID Agency of International Development Citizen and Immigration Services ICE Immigration & Customs enforcement OIA Office of International Affairs Homeland Security Investigations
INL International Narcotics & Law Enforcement Affairs DEA Drug Enforcement Administration US State Marshals Service ABMC American Battle Commission ODC Defence Coordination DOA Defense Attache
DOJ Department of Justice DOJ/ICITAP International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance program DOJ/OPDAT Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development IRS-CI Internal Revenue Office, Criminal Investigation
Scale 1:100 0
archive / watchtower render
Graphic Anatomy of Modern Epic: A Case Study of Farming Iowa
2019 OPN Masterclass with Yoshiharu Tsukamoto of Atelier Bow-Wow
The workshop studied the ethnographic and industrial actor networks of farming Iowa. “Ecologies of Scale” is in reference to the definition of ecologies described by Reyner Banham’s Los Angeles: The Architecture of Four Ecologies. Drawing the colonial landscape of Iowa, the extinction of the prairie is the physical marker of the erasure and disregard for the ecologies, cultures, landscapes, and peoples. Scale can be seen with the surveyors measurement system with chains to create the Jeffersonian Grid, affecting the scales operating on the US landscape today.
_Partners Collin Lytle, Colleen de Matta, Nicholas Palmer, Andrew Suiter, Shance Bagos Taylor
Tomi Laja Nicholas Palmer
Collin Lytle Andrew Suiter
Colleen de Matta Shance Bagos Taylor
s of Scale
A.Willow Creek D.1800s Farm G.Logging Operation J.Rail Road Construction M.1850s Farm P.Miller Creek S.Country Church & Cemetery B.Buffalo Heed E.Wolf Pack H. Road Surveyor K.Farm Pond N.One Room School House Q.Corn Field T.Cattle Pasture C.GIO Chain Surveyor F.Burn Pile I. Corn Crib L.Barbed Wire O. 1900s Farm R. Soy Bean Field U.110th Street
V.Elm Avenue W.GPS Tracker X.Terrace Field
Y.Wind Turbins Z.CRP Field
Ode to Gaia Ames, Iowa
A pavilion hand-made of mudbrick and coated with pink plaster. A form inspired by the history of the land: the meandering river beds of Brookside Creek. Architecture in observation on how wo/men interact with nature, oneâ€™s self, and one another.
ARCH 301 _Instructor Firat Erdim
Spa Dwelling Latvia
Imagine a building: monolithic masses sprinkled upon Latvian grassland. Each room highlights forest, water or skya knowing eye of the elements forever watching. The floating blue clay room, over the water, casts the datum line connecting the three elements. From the transparent glass to the humble oak trees; the marble sculptures create a dichotomy of presence- a here but away scale of the body. The competition called for a countryside guest home programmed with the use of naturally occuring blue clay, while accommodating overnight guests in response to Latviaâ€™s ecotourism and conservation of landscapes.
ARCH 202 _BeeBreeders Competition _Advisor Bosuk Hur _Partener Nicholas Nagaweicki
5 7 10
1. Blue Clay Spa 2. Spa Bath
3. Dining 4. Bathroom
5. Living space 6. Spa therapy 7. Relaxation 8. Sauana 9. Employee 10. Employee common 11. Terrace 12. Guest bedroom 13. Guest commons
4th year Bachelor of Architecture @ Iowa State University