Taubman College Welcomes New Fellows Olaia Chivite Amigo and Ryan Ball

Two new fellows are joining Taubman College for the 2023 – 2024 academic year. The college is excited to welcome the unique perspectives and energy Olaia Chivite Amigo, who has also been a lecturer at the college, and Ryan Ball bring to Taubman College as they join our current cohort of talented fellows.

Olaia Chivite Amigo is a Spanish-Venezuelan architect, researcher, and educator. Her work uses graphic representation and mixed media techniques to develop spatial narratives that highlight how regulatory frameworks, intentions, or formal procedures shift or adapt through the continuous negotiation between public and private stakeholders, citizens, and users. Olaia is a co-founder of Mocha Studio and a recurring collaborator for MAde Studio. She has also worked as a practicing architect at PLY+ Architecture and Urbanism and INFORM. Olaia is a registered architect and holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Michigan.

Ryan Ball is a licensed architect in both Ohio and New York. As a project architect at Adjaye Associates from 2019 – 2022, he worked on significant, mission-driven projects, including the D.R.E.A.M. Charter School in the South Bronx for local youth, Architects Newspaper winner of “Best Interior Workplace” and finalist for “Project of the Year,” the 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East workspace and lobby, which highlighted the labor unions history of advocacy through custom tile mural work, and the addition and reconstruction of the Princeton Art Museum, opening in 2024, which will reconfigure the museum’s gallery layout to a series of nine pavilions, placing the University’s European works on the same level and in dialogue with its global collections. With “Ball Practice,” he is now returning to simple domestic projects that recognize everyday spaces as significant, considering their direct influence in social lifestyles and even politics.