Eva Franch is an architect, curator, educator and lecturer of experimental forms of art and architectural practice. She specializes in the making of alternative architecture histories and futures. Since August 2018 she works as Director of the Architectural Association in London.
Franch has taught at The Cooper Union School of Architecture, Columbia University GSAPP, IUAV University of Venice, SUNY Buffalo and Rice University School of Architecture. She has lectured internationally on art, architecture and the importance of alternative practices in the construction and understanding of public life at educational and cultural institutions.
From 2010 to 2018 Franch served as Chief Curator and Executive Director of Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York. In 2014 she was selected to represent the United States at the Venice Biennale with the project OfficeUS, an experimental think tank for architecture practice.
Franch has received numerous awards and fellowships, and her work has been exhibited internationally. Recent publications by Franch include Agenda (Lars Muller, 2014), Atlas (Lars Muller, 2015) and Manual (Lars Muller 2017) as part of OfficeUS.
Politics, Economy, and Architecture
Architecture, as the discipline that has the privilege but also the responsibility to articulate the social, political and economical in a collective aspiration is in a space of redefinition. Eva Franch has over the last decade produced a series of projects that have rendered anew the complexities of contemporary culture and the role of architecture. From her work as the Chief Curator and Executive Director of Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York, to her current position as the Director of the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, Franch will present a series of provocations, projects and reflections about architecture today, and where architecture -and society- might be tomorrow.
Images credits: 1. Past Futures. Present Futures. Curated by Eva Franch. Photo by Naho Kubota. Courtesy of Storefront for Art and Architecture. 2. Letters to the Mayor (2014). Curated by Eva Franch. Storefront for Art and Architecture. 3. OfficeUS. Curated by Eva Franch, Ana Miljačky and Ashley Schafer. Design by Pentagram and Leong Leong. 4. No Shame, Storefront for Sale (2013). Curated by Eva Franch. Storefront for Art and Architecture. Photo by Brett Beyer.