Mission Good


November 8-12, 2014

US Pavilion, Giardini (Venice, Italy)

With the participation of:

Nicholas Garrison, Partner, FXFOWLE


The Mission Good workshop at OfficeUS explores architectural criteria that emerge at the intersection of philanthropy, generosity and cultural colonialism. The workshop will specifically focus on the topic of Mission Good with respect to the contemporary spaces of education.


The Future Spaces of Education

Saturday November 8, 2:30-5:00pm

The world of education is experiencing its greatest period of change since the medieval university was created. This panel examines these changes and their effect on the design of schools and educational institutions. Using precedent cases and speculative future scenarios participants will explore the role of architecture in constructing spaces of learning and supporting evolving pedagogical and educational structures.


2:30 Presentation by Nicholas Garrison

3:30 Presentation by OfficeUS

4:30 Public Discussion


Project Analysis

Sunday November 9, 11:00-13:00

OfficeUS + Nicholas Garrison (Partner FXFOWLE) will analyze a series of 20 university or school projects investigating their basic features and plans in regards to the pedagogical frameworks which they support. The materials generated in those days will be compiled into a small publication featuring schools and universities and their attendant pedagogical models from the repository and around the world.


Project Analysis

Tuesday November 11, 11:00-13:00

Participants and the public will work to develop architectural schemes for future institutions which aim to turn inventive pedagogical concepts into built forms.


Nicholas Garrison, AIA, OAQ, LEED, is Partner and Design Director of FXFOWLE’s Cultural-Education Studio. A site-specific design culture is evident throughout his projects worldwide, ranging from his award-winning schools in Chennai and Sofia, to the Athenaeum at Goucher College and the Laboratory of Ornithology at Cornell University. Current projects include the Children’s Aid Society College Prep Charter School in the Bronx, New York, Bilkent Erzurum Laboratory School in Erzurum, Turkey, Dhahran Ahliyya School in Dammam, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the master plan for Ethical Cultural Fieldston School in New York City, as well as a new university campus in Nairobi, Kenya. His completed work includes more than 15 International Schools including campuses in Ankara, Bahrain, Doha, Dubai, Budapest, Cairo, Noida (Delhi), The Hague, Istanbul, Riyadh and Vienna, as well as signature higher education projects for Columbia, Vanderbilt, Penn State, and RIT. His projects have been recognized with many design awards, most notably for the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal, which won an AIA National Honor Award, the Prix d’Excellence from the Ordre des Architectes du Quebec, and the Governor General’s Award Premier Prix from the Canadian Government.