LAB’s project in Rabat, Morocco has been included in the second annual University of Virginia School of Architecture alumni exhibit entitled “Spaces of Diplomacy.” The project overseen by LABite Payam Ostovar, who earned his Master of Landscape Architecture in 2007, is among 17 alumni endeavors being showcased in this latest exhibition.
As the University’s online forum states, “The exhibit itself enriches ongoing discussion about spaces of diplomacy at the UVA School of Architecture. Graduate students in Professor Phoebe Crisman’s Design for Diplomacy Studio investigated the agency of form, material, and spatiality in global diplomacy during the Fall 2016 semester. Crisman’s proposal was selected by the US Department of State to participate in their Diplomacy Lab program, which “enables the State Department to course-source research and innovation related to foreign policy by harnessing the efforts of students and faculty at universities across the country.” The studio collaborated with the US State Department’s Bureau of Overseas Building Operations (OBO) to rethink the public landscape and architectural spaces of United States embassies and consulates in three diverse contexts: Stockholm, Sweden; Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; and Guadalajara, Mexico.”
More information about the exhibit and other projects showcased therein may be found on the UVA School of Architecture site.