sl Collective is a Los Angeles-based architecture and design firm that translates identities and concepts into built environments. Established in 2020, sl Collective is a new model for expanded and scalable practice, formed by a group of individuals who work globally with forward-thinking clients on a wide range of projects, including buildings, interiors, industrial design, design-research consulting and ideation.

The Collective

Gillian Shaffer is an architect, curator, and founder of the sl Collective, as well as faculty at UCLA Architecture & Urban Design. Shaffer’s design and research interests center around the question of how architecture should respond to the most pressing issues of our time: the ongoing climate crisis; broader understandings of individual and cultural identities; worsening economic inequity; and the societal and cultural impacts of new technologies on space and visual media.

Before founding her practice, Shaffer worked at architecture offices in Berlin, Tokyo, Boston, and New York City. Her design work has been supported by international organizations and has been exhibited in the Venice Biennale: Fundamentals (2014), the Seoul International Biennale on Architecture and Urbanism (SIBAU) (2017), and at several galleries in New York. Recent design work and critical writings have appeared in Project Journal for Architecture, POOL Magazine, Pidgin, and the Antarctic Pavilion Catalog. She has previously been an invited lecturer at the Cooper Union and taught as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Pratt Institute in Berlin. Shaffer graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Pratt Institute with a Bachelor of Architecture and holds a Master of Architecture II from Princeton University, where she received a certificate in Media + Modernity.

Recent Press

2020Archinect, Developing a Better City With UCLA's IDEAS Urban Strategy Studio

Archinect, UCLA AUD Interrogates the Climate Rick of LA Real Estate

E-flux, Symposium: LA-ND. The Future of Land Value in LA

Art in America, Visualizing Climate Change

Artnet, Editors’ Picks: 17 Events for Your Art Calendar

“Ways of Seeing Green” Cooper Union, Invited Lecture Recording

POOL Magazine, Issue No. 5 Simulation

2018E-flux, Liquid La Habana, Ice Cream, Rum, Waves, Sweat and Spouts

E-flux, Nine Constructionists

CONTRIBUTERS

Sandra Junghanns is an architect and designer based in Berlin. Since 2012 Sandra has worked as an independent freelancer, collaborating with architecture offices in Stuttgart and Berlin on built projects located in Stuttgart, Zürich, Shanghai, Berlin and Leipzig. Sandra received a Diploma in Engineering for Architecture and Urban Planning from the Universität Stuttgart, and has studied at the Tokyo Institute of Technology. Her diploma project investigated the theoretical topic of ruins of modernity. Sandra’s expertise is in design detailing and contemporary construction methods in western Europe and Japan.

2014VOV Magazine, “From Utopia to Dystopia,” an article on Hashima

Nick Lutsko is an Assistant Professor of Climate Science at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. His research focuses on issues of climate sensitivity and variability, clouds and large-scale atmospheric dynamics. He completed his undergraduate degree at Imperial College London, his PhD at Princeton University and spent two years at MIT as a postdoc prior to joining the faculty at Scripps. In addition to his research, Nick is also a collaborator of the design practice, sl Collective.

2020The Exchange, Art in America

2018Innovation in Sustainable Engineering Award, American Society of Civil Engineers

20181st Place, MIT Climate Changed Competition by MIT Architecture and Earth, Atmospheric & Planetary Sciences

Previous collaborations have included Chinmayi Suri, Florian Lepinard, Ruchi Singhania, and Alex Schweder on the Antarctic Pavilion, La Biennale di Venezia 2014.

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