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Tales from New York – Experimental ceramics for architecture

Thu 30 Jan 2020, 6.30–8.30pm

This event brings together international speakers to explore how ceramic innovations, developed during research workshops, are translated into live architectural projects.

Ceramic experts and renowned designers from New York and London will share details of how experimentations in glazing, robotic technology and sustainable manufacturing, which took place in collaborative research projects, has influenced their work. The results have primarily come out of the Architectural Ceramic Assemblies Workshop (ACAW) – an annual event facilitated by University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning, and Boston Valley Terracotta.



Darina Zlateva, Senior Associate Principle, KPF New York

Darina is a Harvard graduate with over ten years’ experience as an architect working on projects internationally. She is the senior designer of One Vanderbilt, set to become the tallest office tower in Midtown Manhattan. One Vanderbilt will join the Chrysler Building and Empire State Building as one of three tower landmarks to define Manhattan’s skyline. Due to be completed in 2020, the project uses high-performance ceramics throughout the façade paying homage to the materiality of Grand Central Terminal.

Andy Brayman, The Matter Factory, New York

Andy Brayman is studio artist and researcher with a Masters degree from Alfred University, he mixes traditional craft and industrial processes to create celebrated objects. In 2005, Andy founded The Matter Factory in Kansas City. It is part artist studio, part laboratory, and part factory. In addition to producing objects of his design, Brayman researches and builds computationally controlled machines for use in art making. He has been commissioned by Boston Valley to research ceramics and experimental glazing.

Matt Taberski, Boston Valley Terracotta, New York

Matt will share stories of research and development from a manufacturing perspective. Boston Valley Terracotta have partnered with research institutions and universities to facilitate the ACAW workshops which bring together international designers and material experts to explore the use of terra cotta in high-performance facade design.

Lex Harrison, Arup, London

Alexis (Lex) is a designer and materials consultant specialising in architectural ceramics and brick. He helps architects push the creative boundaries of ‘big ceramics’ through his knowledge of the opportunities and limitations of the making process and ceramic-specific façade design. Lex will talk about emerging digital fabrication techniques for ceramics and its implications for architecture.


The event is free to attend but booking is essential. 


This event is supported by Boston Valley Terra Cotta.

This event is part of the 'Hand Held to Super Scale: Building with Ceramics’ exhibition and  public programme curated by the Building Centre exhibitions team and Fettle Studio. Supported by the Built Environment Trust.



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