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. 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.


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.

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Exhibition Hours



2 Daly Ave


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

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