LOT-EK's Giuseppe Lignano and Ada Tolla present at the Risk Conference at Taubman College on March 30, 2012.
Ada Tolla and Giuseppe Lignano have masters degrees in architecture and urban design from the Universita' di Napoli, Italy, and completed post-graduate studies at Columbia University. LOT-EK, founded in 1993 by Tolla and Lignano, is an award-winning architectural design studio based in New York and Naples, Italy. LOT-EK is involved with commercial, institutional and residential projects globally. The firm conceived and executed exhibition design and site-specific installations for major cultural institutions and museums, including MoMA, the Whitney Museum, the Walker Art Center and the Guggenheim. They achieved high visibility for sustainable and innovative approach to construction, materials and space, through the adaptive reuse ("upcycling") of existing industrial objects and systems not originally intended for architecture.
Their sustainable approach to construction through upcycling has been the basis of structural projects at all scales. They are committed to ecologically responsible and intelligent methods of building. LOT-EK leverages the technological properties of existing industrial objects to create architecture.
Besides heading their professional practice, Tolla and Lignano also teach at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Graduate Department of Architecture. In 2011, United States Artists recognized them as USA Booth Fellows of Architecture & Design.
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