Charles and Ray Eames Lecture: Linna Choi and Tarik Oualalou OUALALOU+CHOI
OUALALOU+CHOI is an architecture firm based in Paris and Casablanca. Questioning the limited scope of the architect’s traditional role, OUALALOU+CHOI has developed its practice upon the theory that architectural strategies should be integrated into a project long before and after the conventional intervention of architects. Working closely with clients during site determination, programming, and the economic development of the project, the office engages in the definition of the architectural project from its very inception. OUALALOU+CHOI believes that playing an integral role in the non-architectural aspects of a project results in a stronger design solution.
OUALALOU+CHOI has worked on a vast range of programs and scales, encompassing museums, luxury hotels and resorts, social housing, sports complexes, and master plans for both existing and new cities. The office has won numerous awards, including the 2012 Young Arab Architects competition, WA Awards and the EMAP Award for emerging architecture. OUALALOU+CHOI has also been named finalist for the 2014 AFEX award, for an outstanding project undertaken by a French architect outside France. OUALALOU+CHOI’s work has been published internationally and exhibited in Paris, Casablanca, London and Copenhagen.
The Charles and Ray Eames lecture series celebrates the work of one the world's most outstanding design partnerships. In their inventiveness, enlightened patronage, and serious play of collaborative work, Charles and Ray Eames, together with Herman Miller, Inc., transformed the landscape of design, not only in America, but across the world. From their earliest work together, Charles and Ray Eames and Herman Miller explored the properties of materials, economy, and the potential of production, in order to make good design more widely accessible. Taubman College's Charles and Ray Eames lecture series continues each year to highlight a partnership of architects or designers, and it is special in the fact that both partners come and lecture together.