Michelle Chang, a GSD grad, and current studio teacher at CCA and Berkeley, has responded to the closing of SFMOMA's A+D department by initiating a new gallery space to promote the work of young professionals.
The first exhibit at Department of Architecture is opening on June 12 at the architecture office and think tank, MKThink, featuring practicing academics Matsys (CCA), MTTR MGMT (CCA, Berkeley, SCI-Arc), and Nervous System (MIT).
Michelle tells us, "starting Department of Architecture (DoA) grew out of a frustration with architecture's lack of presence within the city. Especially with the SFMOMA closing next week (for three years), all architecture events will be embedded within either local architecture schools or small professional circles. Some of the best architecture exhibitions I've been to were in lobbies of architecture schools, but they were mostly attended by faculty and students. The idea behind DoA is to engage the public in two ways: through a series of happenings and by taking the process work that is hidden in offices and selling them as commodity-objects."
The gallery's mission statement is:
DEPARTMENT OF ARCHITECTURE is an architecture gallery based in San Francisco, CA.
DEPARTMENT OF ARCHITECTURE gives a platform for the after-work work that is at the core of architectural process and practice.
DEPARTMENT OF ARCHITECTURE gives agency back to Architects by providing an alternative means to profit and a venue to promote work.
DEPARTMENT OF ARCHITECTURE concentrates its shows into short-term pop-ups to capitalize on the energy of opening nights and to eliminate prohibitive overhead costs.
For more information about DoA, and the upcoming show, check out the website.