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Alex Schweder works with architecture and performance art to complicate the distinction between occupying subjects and occupied objects. These projects include Practise Architecture at Tate Britain, Flatland at New York’s Sculpture Center, Its Form Follows Your Performance at Berlin’s Magnus Muller, A Sac of Rooms All Day Long at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Counterweight Roommate in Scope Basel, Roomograph at the deCordova Museum, and The Rise and fall in the Marrakech Biennial.  The Pollack Krasner and Graham Foundations have funded his projects. Schweder is the author of Stalls Between Walls included in Ladies and Gents, the Gendering of Public Toilets and Performance Architecture included in Urban Interiors. He is a three-time artist in residence at the Kohler Company and was in residence at the Chinati Foundation and American Academy in Rome. Schweder has been a guest professor at the Southern California Institute of Architecture, Pratt Institute, and the Institute for Art and Architecture in Vienna.

Education

2012 – 15 2005 – 6
1996 – 8
1988 – 93

University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom, PhD in architecture
American Academy in Rome, Rome, Italy, Fellow of Architecture
Princeton University, School of Architecture, Princeton, New Jersey, MArch
Pratt Institute, School of Architecture, Brooklyn, New York, BArch



Solo Exhibitions

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Wall To Wall, Floor To Ceiling, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel
In Orbit, Pierogi’s “the Boiler”, Willamsburg, Brooklyn
Stored But Still Performed, Manhattan Mini Storage, NY
Rehearsal Space, The Glass House, New Canaan, CT
Anxious Space, OPUS projects, New York, NY
Performace Architecture, Solyanka State Gallery, Moscow, Russia
Its Form Will Follow Your Performance, OPUS projects, New York, NY
Its Form Will Follow Your Performance, London Festival of Architecture
Roomograph, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
Counterweight Roommate, SCOPE, Basel, Switzerland
This Apple Tastes Like Our Livingroom Used To Smell, Western Bridge, Seattle, WA
A Sac of Rooms All Day Long, SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA
Architectural Performances in Geologic Time, Chinati Foundation, Marfa, TX
Evaporative Buildings, Chinati Foundation, Marfa, TX
Ours, Jack Hanley Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Its Form Will Follow Your Performance, Magnus Muller Gallery, Berlin, Germany
Stability, Lawrimore Project, Seattle, WA
Roiling Infill, The Warehouse Gallery, Syracuse, NY
Snowbound, Tacoma Art Museum, WA
A Sac of Rooms Three Times a Day, Suyama Space, Seattle, WA
Folded Murmur, Howard House, Seattle, WA
Sick Building Sequence, Howard House, Seattle, WA
Love Sick Room, Henry Urbach Architecture, New York, NY
Still Life of Beefsteak and Cheese, Parsons School of Design, New York, NY
Lovesick Buildings, Howard House, Seattle, WA



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…all silent but for the buzzing…, Royal College of Art, London, UK
Practise Architecture, Tate Britain, London, UK
Close, Closer, Lisbon Architecture Triennale, Portugal
Parasite, OCEAN gallery, Berlin, Germany
Draft Urbanism, Biennale of the Americas, Denver, CO
Weird Science, Jack Hanley Gallery, New York, NY
Higher Atlas, Marrakech Biennial, Morrocco
Living Space, So Far The Future, London
This Apple Tastes Like Our Living Room Used To Smell, Deutches Archchitecture Zentrum, Berlin
I’m Not Like Everyone Else, Teapot Gallery, Cologne, Germany
Open House with Droog and Diller Scofidio Renfro, Levittown, NY
Paradesign, SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA
The More Things Change, SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA
Temporary Structures, DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA
Seitensprung: Raumproduktion, Kunsthalle Dusseldorf, Germany
Evaporative Building, Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, MI
Murmurs, Cranbrook Museum, Detroit, MI
Concise History of Northwest Art, Tacoma Art Museum, WA
Homebase III, Harlem, New York City, NY
246 and Counting, SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA
Traces and Accumulations, Wright Space, Seattle, WA
Happiness of Objects, Sculpture Center, New York, NY
Insubstantial Pageant Faded, Western Bridge, Seattle, WA
Dark Matters, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
New Media Survey, St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, MO
Northwest Biennial, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA
Sparkle then Fade, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA
Neddy Awards, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA
Tryingtoland, Museo d’Arte Contemporane di Roma, Rome, Italy
Three Rooms, American Academy in Rome, Rome, Italy
Ergonomicon, Consolidated Works, Casey Kessler Curator, Seattle, WA
Passing Water, Art Metropole, Toronto, Canada
Latent Space, Henry Urbach and Netherlands Architecture Institute, Rotterdam, Holland



Selected Honors and Awards

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Glass House Artist in Residence, New Canaan, CN
CHESS Scholarship, Cambridge University
Graham Foundation Fellowship, Chicago, IL
Arts Victoria, Production Award, Melbourne Australia
International Artist Award, ArtPrize, Grand Rapids, MI
Emergency Grant, Foundation for Contemporary Art, New York, NY
Chinati Foundation, Artist in Residence, Marfa, TX
Pollock-Krasner Award, New York, NY
John Michael Kohler Arts Centre, residency, Sheboygan, Wisconsin, 2001, 2003.
City Artists Grant, Mayor’s Office of Arts and Cultural affairs, 2004
Arts Special Projects Award, 4Culture
Genius Award, The Stranger
Neddy Award Finalist, Behnke Family Foundation
Artist Pension Trust, Los Angeles
Artist Trust Fellowship
City Artists Grant, Mayor’s Office of Arts and Cultural affairs
Arts Special Projects Award, 4Culture
Rome Prize, 11 Month Fellowship, American Academy in Rome
Arts Special Projects Award, 4Culture
Public Arts Network Year in Review Selection
Grant for Artists Projects, Artist’s Trust
Full Tuition and Stipend Fellowship, Princeton University, 1996



Architectural Practice

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Reserve Consultants Ltd., Seattle, WA
Project Architect, Designed and Administered repairs for buildings with water intrusion problems with budgets between $50K and $2.5M
Agrest and Gandelsonas Architects, New York City, NY
Project Architect, Design and Construction Documents for domestic projects in New York City and Latin America ranging between $500K and 3.5M
Leo Blackman Architecture, New York City, NY
Draftsman, Design and Administration for apartment renovations in New York City
Beckhard Richlan Architects, New York City, NY
Draftsman, Presentation drawings for the publication “Houses Without Rules”
Edward Larabee Barnes and Assosciates, New York City, NY
Architectural Intern, Construction Documents for Dallas Museum of Fine Arts


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Yale, University, Lecture
Bartlett, University College London, Lecture
Pratt Institute, Visiting Professor
Architectural Association, Foundation Tutor
New Works, Strelka, Moscow, Lecture
Pratt Institute, Visiting Professor
Performative Renovations, Pratt Institute, Lecture
Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar, Hybrid Making, Lab Leader
Institute of Art and Architecture, Vienna, Lecturer
Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, Visiting Professor
Pratt Institute, Lecture
Colgate University, Lecture
Princeton University, Performing Architecture Symposium
Goethe Institute, Portugal, Ephemeral and Performance Architecture Symposium
University of Cambridge, Cambridge, England, Lecture
Montserrat College of Art, Lincoln, MA, Lecture
Southern California Institute of Architecture, Los Angeles, CA, Visiting Lecturer
Cornell University, Lecture
Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna, Lecture
Emily Carr School of Art and Design
San Francisco Museum Of Modern Art, Lecture
Cranbrook University, Lecture
Chinati Foundation, Lecture
Harvard University, Lecture
University of Greenwich, London, Lecture
Colgate University, Hartford, NY, Lecture
Portland Art Museum, Lecture
Southern California Institute of Architecture, Los Angeles, CA, Adjunct Professor
Southern California Institute of Architecture, Los Angeles, CA, Lecture
Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, Lecture
Istituto Nazionale di Architettura, Rome, Italy, Lecture
University of Greenwich, London, England Lecture
Parsons School Of Design, NYC, NY, Lecture
Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA Lecture
Lawrence College, Lawrence, WI, Lecture
Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, Lecture
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY September, Lecture
University of British Columbia, November 2001



Selected Publications

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“The Hotel Rehearsal”, AA Files 67, Tom Weaver ed., London, UK
“Open House”, Frieze Magazine, London, UK
“Performance Architecture”, Le Journal Special’Z, Lamis Bayar ed., Paris, France
"Performance Architecture”, in “Urban Interior”, Rochus Hinkel (ed.), Germany, Surbuchverlag, 2011
Exhibit Architecture, Log, Cynthia Davidson and Tina DiCarlo (ed.), Fall
Space, Time, Performance, Creative Cowboy Films, Australia
“Stalls Between Walls, Segregated Sexed Spaces”, in Ladies and Gents: Gender and Public Toilets, Olga Gershenson and Barbara Penner (eds.), Philadelphia, Temple University Press
Stability, Yasmeen M. Siddiqui (ed.), exhibition cat., Seattle, Lawrimore Project
A Sac of Rooms Three Times A Day, Urbach, Henry (ed.), exh. cat., Seattle, Suyama Space
Transmaterial, Brownell, Blaine (ed.), New York, Princeton Architectural Press
Alex Schweder’s Peeple, Behavior Press, New York
Shanghai Reflections, by Mario Gandelsonas, Princeton Press, New York