Art, Architecture, Craft

Considering the relationship of art, architecture and craft in process

This exhibition explores the collaborations between architecture studio, artists and crafts people in the design and construction of the Mingei Museum in Sand Diego. Jennifer Luce and her design studio collaborated extensively with a number of artists and crafts people to create custom elements for the museum. This exhibit focuses on the collaborations with Claudy Jongstra, Billy Tsien and Petra Blaisse. These works combine both analogue and digital technologies and explore the potential or even necessity of collaboration in the design and production.

Start: 26/09/2022

End: 16/10/2022

Jennifer Luce, a California-based architect and Carleton University architecture alumna, examines recent projects, including the transformation of the Mingei International Museum in San Diego, CA. The museum is a public institution that collects, conserves, and exhibits folk art, craft, and design.


An opening lecture will be followed by a reception for the exhibition of the work of Luce’s firm, LUCE et studio. The exhibition is in Artengine, 2 Daly Avenue (within the Ottawa Art Gallery building.)


LUCE et studio is a collaborative architecture/design group that follows the legacy of the workshop/atelier model. The firm’s cross-disciplinary approach supports and advances creative exploration with an array of practitioners, including designers, artists, craftspeople, and thinkers. The studio prides itself on exploring each programmatic element with the rigor of a scientist and the poetry of an artist.


In this exhibition you see process and prototypes from key collaborations with artist for the Mingei International Museum project. This includes: the incredible sheered and dyed wool project by Claudy Jungstra; Petra Blaisse’s felt and transparent curtain and Billy Tsien’s high tech hand sewn fabric.


Artengine was delighted to collaborate with Studio Luce and Federica Goffi and Ben Gianni from Carleton University as the work and the show captures the collaborative spirit of Artengine and is a wonderful exploration of how we work across both the digital and physical realms as well as our collaborative spirit.


Studio Luce other projects include cultural and arts facilities, workspaces, residences, urban design, and custom furniture projects. The studio also designs and commissions site-specific artworks for clients around the world. The recent renovation of the Mingei International Museum was featured in an article in the New York Times.




Jennifer Luce is a licensed architect practicing in California and New York State. She received her Bachelor of Architecture from Carleton University in 1984, where she is a member of the Azrieli Advisory Council and recipient of the A. Dunton Alumni Award of Distinction.


In 1994, Luce received her Master of Design Studies from Harvard University, where she serves on the Alumni Council and Alumni Association Board. In 2016, she was elevated to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects. Luce has served on a variety of advisory boards for cultural institutions and currently co-chairs the AIA California Monterey Design Conference. In her personal life, Luce is a voracious art collector and passionate supporter of artists working in all media.


Below is the lecture that accompanied the exhibit – viewable here or on the Carleton Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism YouTube Channel, were you can see all the Forum Lectures.

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2 Daly Ave


This exhibition is a collaboration with the Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism at Carleton Univeristy.


Special Thanks to Kyle Bustin and the technical team at Carleton for their incredible work on bringing the show to life.


All documentation photos by David Bastien-Allard


A public presentation by Jennifer Luce on Sept 26th was the opening in their wonderful Forum Lecture Series. This year titled Perspectives.


Please see the following link for more on the remaining lectures.


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Check out the Mingei Online


Read the New York Times article about the project.


LUCE et studio


Claudy Jongstra


Billy Tsien


Petra Blaisse