John Locke, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Born in Los Angeles in 1980

Lives and works in New York City


john.h.locke@gmail.com

www.gracefulspoon.com

EDUCATION

2008-2009
2000-2005

Columbia University, New York, NY. Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design

University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX. Bachelor of Architecture. Minor in Art History

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

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2004-2008

The Living An Autodesk Studio, New York, NY


Rogers Marvel Architects, New York, NY

Braniff Building, Oklahoma City, OK

Part of the design team from schematic design through the end of construction of the Braniff Building, a component of
Sandridge Energy Commons, a multi-block master plan in the heart of Oklahoma City that encompasses multiple
buildings and city blocks. Outdoor civic space is given primacy to link employees and the community among a public
space enlivened with native, eco-regional landscapes in the city. The project was awarded a 2012 AIA National Award
for Regional & Urban Design among others.


Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, New York, NY

The New School University Center, New York, NY

I was an education lab designer on the New School from concept design through construction documents on a 354,000-
square-foot University Center for the New School near Union Square. Program elements include new academic spaces,
an auditorium for public programs, a servery, a cafe, a central university library, and a 612-bed dormitory. The project is
LEED Gold Certified and scheduled for completion in 2013.


Randall Stout Architects, Los Angeles, CA

Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta

I specialized in design, 3-D modeling, drawing production and enclosure details from project inception and competition-
winning entry until end of construction documents phase on an 80,000-square-foot museum. Main responsibilities
included the precise design of curvilinear geometry elements while generating ideas and coordinating with DeSimone
Structural Engineers and A. Zahner metal cladding to ensure integrity of design and fabrication aspects of the project.
Project completed in January 2010.


Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University, Michigan

I was primary designer and led a team of four, meeting tight design and presentation deadlines in an international
competition for a 50,000-square-foot museum at Michigan State University.


Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke, Virginia

During the Schematic and Design Development phases I was tasked with digital design, geometry refinement for ease of
fabrication, and graphic content. Project built in November 2008.

ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE

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2004-2005

Columbia University, New York, NY

Adjunct Assistant Professor
course: Hacking the Urban Experience

A course instigating and investigating unsolicited urban interventions in New York City. Students are taught to self-
initiate and identify a problem statement relating to the urban environment, and then manifest a possible solution
through a public, physical object, while confronting the myriad issues associated with that decision.


course: Emergent Epigenesis

A hands-on, full-scale fabrication course that explores the capability for architectural environments to evolve and grow
over time in an unconstrained manner. Students design and build a shade structure that incorporates research in to recycled
materials, bioclimatic design, post-occupancy evaluation, and material detailing.


Assistant Critic, course: Advanced Architecture Studio VI, Studio Title: Cryptoform, Polytics, Noise: Taking the Post-
Empire Pulse

I provided weekly desk crits in a third year design studio led by Ed Keller.


Teaching Assistant

courses: Intro To Digital Fabrication + Advanced Fabrication: Component Systems

I assisted with student projects, conducted software and machine tutorials, and pursued research into materials and
structural analysis. I also held weekly lab hours in the digital fabrication shop using the cnc router, metal mill and
waterjet.


University of Texas, Austin, TX

Teaching Mentor

Provided weekly advice, tutorials, and design crit sessions for first year architecture students.

AWARDS

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Emerging Professionals Exhibit Award by the American Institute of Architects

Research Paper: Adapt or Die! A Selection of Opportunistic Work in NYC selected for inclusion in the Fall 2015 ASCA Conference: Between the Autonomous & Contingent Object hosted by Syracuse University School of Architecture

Selected as one of 19 artists to participate in Jamaica Flux 2016.

Winner of the New York City Barrier Beautification Competition sponsored by the NYC Dept of Transportation

Dancing in the Rain: Painted along 200' of concrete barriers at 36th and 9th Ave in Manhattan

Work exhibited on Governor's Island as part of the Spontaneous Interventions Exhibit organized by the Trust for Governors Island

Exhibited as part of the United States Pavilion at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale:

Spontaneous Interventions: Design Actions for the Common Good

Pay Phone / Share Book shortlisted for the GO11 Award for Alternate Urban Use Award

Recipient of the William Ware Prize for Excellence in Design / Saul Kaplan Traveling Fellowship

The highest Honor Award given by Columbia for design work

Awarded the Lucille Smyser Lowenfish Memorial Prize

Awarded for the best final semester design problem in each studio section

Represented Columbia at the AIA Center for Architecture, ARCH SCHOOLS: VISIONS OF THE FUTURE exhibit

Global Panopticon, studio critic Ed Keller

Process and Promise of a New Museum, Exhibit of the Art Museum of Western Virginia, with Randall Stout Architects

FELLOWSHIPS

2009






2005

Granted a school-wide William Kinne Traveling Fellowship:

Project Title: Fast, Cheap and Out of Control (Without Architects), or: Why Infrastructure Won't Save Us

I spent six weeks and over 4,000 miles researching and documenting land art as well as quick, informal urbaism
throughout the desert of the American Southwest and northern Mexico. Areas that were investigated included Juarez
Settlements
, the El Paso-Juarez border, White Sands Missile Range, Spiral Jetty, The Titan Missile Museum, Tijuana
maquiladores
, The Lightning Field, Arcosanti and Double Negative amongst many others. Final deliverables included a
30,000-word research paper and collection of photography, maps and ephemera.

Undergraduate Research and Travel Fellowship from the University of Texas Co-Op Society

INTERVIEWS

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AIA New Jersey. "New Direction in Pop Up Architecture" Aug 8, 2016

The Atlantic Cities. "New York Could Get a Classroom Inside a Dumpster" Oct 16, 2013

The New York Times. "Superman, Grab a Book." September 8, 2012

Inside the Phoenix Podcast, a conversation with John Locke by Warren Wade Anderson. December 2, 2012

WKCR 89.9, University Radio Arts Program. November 19, 2012

A Conversation with John Locke. National Endowment for the Arts, Big Read Blog." October 24, 2012

World Literature Today. Turning Urban Obsolescence into Community Connection: A Conversation with John Locke July 2012

The Atlantic Cities. "How New York Pay Phones Became Guerrilla Libraries." Feb 21, 2012

New York Daily News. "New York Architect John Locke Brings Books to a Pay Phone Stand Near You." Feb 28, 2012

SELECTED MENTIONS

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Jamaica Center Arts and Learning Museum "Jamaica Flux: Inflato Dumpster" April 26, 2016

Artnet "See New York’s Most Stunning Public Art Shows This Spring" April 5, 2016

Huck Magazine "Meet the creative nomads building new lives on the move" by Alex King Oct 19, 2015

Hyperallergic "Creating Community Space Inside a Dumpster" by Jillian Steinhauer Nov 21, 2014

The Pop-Up City. "Inflato Dumpster: Hacking Into New York’s Street Structures" by Orla Tiffney Dec 4, 2014

DesignBoom "NYC Dumpster Turned Inflatable Classroom for Urban Education" Nov 26, 2014

Columbia University Eye Arts Magazine. "How the Inflato Dumpster Installation Fosters Community and Improves the Urban Experience" Oct 22, 2014

The Trash Times "Have You Heard of the Inflato Dumpster?" Oct 1, 2014

FastCompanyDesign. "Architect Wants To Reclaim Public Space, One Dumpster At A Time" Oct 31, 2013

FastCompanyLabs. "The Future of Pop-Up Hackspaces Is... Dumpsters?" Oct 21, 2013

Architizer. "Can An Inflatable Pop-Up Dumpster Help NYC Residents Transform Their Neighborhoods?" Nov 1, 2013

Treehugger. "Presto, Inflato! Dumpsters to be reclaimed as "pop-up" public spaces in NYC" Nov 5, 2013

DesignBoom. "Inflato Dumpster Gives NYC a Blow-up Mobile Learning Lab." Oct 18, 2013

Gothamist. "One Day We Will All Live In Dumpsters." Oct 22, 2013

UntappedCities. "Inflato Dumpster: Turning a Dumpster into an Inflatable Classroom in NYC" Oct 16, 2013

New York Magazine. "Calling Urban-Design Geeks: John Locke Department of Urban Betterment." March 18, 2012

Good Magazine. "New York Designer Creates the Most Polished Phone Booth Library Yet" Sept 2012

DesignBoom. "Repurposed Phone Booth Library in NYC." Feb 17, 2012

Inhabitat. "Obsolete NYC Phone Booths Turned Into Free Mini Libraries by Architect John Locke." Feb 21, 2012

Architizer. "New York's Alternative Public Library." Feb 20, 2012

Gizmodo. "Phone Booths Reincarnated As Bookshelves Finally Make Phone Booths Useful." Feb 20, 2012

Treehugger. "Neglected New York City Phone Booths Converted into Communal Libraries." Feb 21, 2012

The Pop-Up City. "Parasite Library Re-Uses Old Pay Phones." Feb 24, 2012

UrbanShit. "Department of Urban Betterment." March 21, 2012

Women's Wear Daily. "Architect Reimagines Phone Booths as Book Swaps." March 1, 2012

The Columbia Spectator. "Architect Builds Library You're Meant to Talk In. April 19, 2012

La Presse (France). "Bibliothèques sauvages et urbanisme tactique…" March 6, 2012

Focus Magazine (Germany). "New Yorker Buch-Zelle." March 19, 2012

Aloterra magazine (Brazil). "Cabines Telefonicas de Nova York viram bibliotecas comunitarias." Feb. 24, 2012

XNET magazine (Israel). "Pulp Fiction, Book Now." Sept 19, 2012

PUBLICATIONS

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Inflato Dumpster featured in The New Nomads: Temporary Spaces and a Life on the Move, published by Gestalten Press

Featured in Uneven Growth: Tactical Urbanisms for Expanding Megacities, published by The Museum of Modern Art

Published in The Death of Drawing: Architecture in the Age of Simulation, published by Routledge Press

Chapter in Community Lover's Guide, by Laura Billings

Featured in Tactical Urbanism 2, published by Street Plans Collaborative

Work published in Creaticity, printed by Kognitif Press

Cited in The Armchair Activists Handbook, by Ruth Stokes, printed by Silvertail Books. 2013

Pay Phone / Share Book published in By The City / For the City, Part of Urban Design Week 2011

Published in GSAPP Abstract 08-09

Portfolios and Website published in Designing a Digital Portfolio, Chapter 5 . John Locke: Left Brain Right Brain, by Cynthia Baron, New Riders Press.

Portfolios and Website published in Portfolio Design, Fourth Edition by Harold Linton

Graphic Design published in Presentation Techniques & Dialogues printed by Fairchild Press

Utah Bus Stop published in Design! by Celine Delavaux, printed by Palette Press

AFFILIATIONS

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2011
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American Institute of Architects - Manhattan Chapter

US Green Building Council LEED® AP Building Design + Construction V3

Department of Urban Betterment

A group I founded in 2011 with over 400 current members worldwide, the Department of Urban Betterment is a broad
cross-section individuals from a variety of disciplines dedicated to the potential of design to improve the urban experience.
Through a collaborative public forum and interventions, we can reassert design's potential and our role within it to reassert
architects into the public consciousness as stewards of urban well-being.