“Operative Artifacts” exhibition and workshop curated by Alex Timmer, Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; founder, studioTMMR, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Time and Place

Date: March 4, 2018 to Friday, March 16, 2018
Location: School of Architecture and Urban Planning Gallery (AUP126)


Alex Timmer graduated from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design where he was the recipient of the John E Thayer Award and Alpha Rho Chi Medal. He received his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Michigan where he was the recipient of the Raoul Wallenberg Studio 2nd Prize. Before his graduate studies, Alex worked at PLY Architecture for over 3 years, specializing in design, construction documents and fabrication. He has also worked for firms and with architects Abalos+Sentkiewicz Arquitectos, Kiel Moe, Christian Kerez, and Jennifer Bonner.

Exhibition Summary

Alex is currently working to develop the themes of reasoning within open systems, contingent material processes, and recursive design techniques. The research seeks to engage feedback loops of time, material, energy, and form. Alex’s thesis, “Abductive Architecture” sought to address inference within open systems, referencing the historical use of different types of inference and proposing a methodology based on abductive reasoning to allow an architect to operate creatively within open systems. His current project, as the Irving Innovation Fellow, seeks to study further the discursive methods for making initially researched in his thesis. The goal of this research is to deepen the link between the studio pedagogy and the fabrication lab while exploring ways in which digital fabrication can intervene in low fidelity materials and construction techniques.

For more information about this exhibition, contact AUP Gallery Curator Kyle Reynolds.

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The exhibition is free and open and on displayed in the Architecture and Urban Planning Gallery in AUP 126 on weekdays, not including holidays, Monday – Friday, 7a.m. to 3p.m., and by appointment/special request, unless otherwise noted.