What is a masterpiece? LOT-EK Architects founding partner Giuseppe Lignano discusses his beliefs and understanding of a masterpiece.
Giuseppe Lignano is an Italian-born architect and co-founder of the architectural design studio LOT-EK. LOT-EK has achieved high visibility for their sustainable and innovative approach to construction, materials, and space and through the adaptive reuse (“upcycling”) of existing industrial objects and systems not originally intended for architecture.
Giuseppe Lignano has a Master’s degree in Architecture and Urban Design from the Universita’ di Napoli, Italy, and completed postgraduate studies at Columbia University, in New York City. Besides heading his professional practice at LOT-EK, he currently teaches at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Department of Architecture. He also lectures at other universities and cultural institutions globally.
LOT-EK is an award-winning architectural design studio based in New York and Naples, Italy. Founded in 1993 by Ada Tolla and Giuseppe Lignano, LOT-EK has been involved with commercial, institutional and residential projects globally. In addition, LOT-EK has 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. LOT-EK has achieved high visibility for its sustainable and innovative approach to construction, materials and space, through the adaptive reuse of existing industrial objects and systems not originally intended for architecture.
LOT-EK's approach to construction through upcycling has been the basis of structural projects at all scales. The studio are committed to ecologically responsible and intelligent methods of building. To that end, they leverage the technological properties of existing industrial objects to create architecture. LOT-EK's goal is to not only upcycle the objects themselves, but to upcycle the intelligence that went into their development. Beyond the inherent sustainability of our design methodology, they are committed to researching and implementing innovative ways to conserve materials and energy. LOT-EK's projects have long been considered ground-breaking and innovative.
Founders Ada Tolla and Giuseppe Lignano both have Masters Degrees in Architecture and Urban Design from the Universita’ di Napoli, Italy (1989), and have completed post-graduate studies at Columbia University, New York (1990-1991). Besides heading their professional practice, they also teach at Columbia University, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation in New York, and have taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Graduate Department of Architecture, in Cambridge, MA, at the School of Architecture of the Univerisity of Syracuse and at Department of Architecture, Interior Design and Lighting of Parsons School of Design in New York. They also lecture at major universities and cultural institutions throughout the US and abroad. In December 2011, Ada and Giuseppe were recognized as USA Booth Fellows of Architecture & Design by United States Artists (USA).
Giuseppe Lignano | filmed by Out of Sync | NYC Sept 2015
Interview | Jesper Bundgaard
Camera and edit | Per Henriksen
Producer | Out of Sync
Artworks courtesy | Giuseppe Lignano LOT-EK
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