Eva Franch i Gilabert

Eva Franch i Gilabert is an architect. Since 2010, she's been the Executive Director and Chief Curator of Storefront for Art and Architecture.

Eva has taught at Columbia University GSAPP, the IUAV University of Venice, SUNY Buffalo and at Rice University School of Architecture. In 2004 she founded her solo practice OOAA (Office Of Architectural Affairs) while building in Catalonia. She studied at TU Delft and earned an M. Arch from ETSA Barcelona-UPC, and an M. Arch. II from Princeton University. In 2005 Eva was awarded La Caixa Fellowship for Postgraduate Studies, in 2006 the Howard Crosby Butler Traveling Fellowship by Princeton University, in 2007 the Suzanne Kolarik Underwood Prize by Princeton University, in 2008 the Peter Reyner Banham Fellow at SUNY Buffalo, in 2009 the Wortham Fellow at Rice University and in 2010 a Schloss Solitude Residency Fellowship in Stuttgart. Her work has been exhibited internationally including FAD Barcelona, the Venice Architecture Biennale and the Shenzen Architecture Biennale among others.

At Storefront, her most recent projects include the launch of a new publication Series in partnership with Lars Müller, exhibitions such as No Shame: Storefront for Sale and POP: Protocols, Obsessions, Positions, the launch of the Storefront International Series and projects such as WorldWide Storefront, commissioning major design projects such as the Speechbuster, and developing projects like the Competition of Competitions. Most recently, the State Department selected Storefront and Franch jointly with a curatorial and design team to represent the U.S. Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale with the project OfficeUS.

She has lectured internationally on art, architecture and the importance of alternative practices in the construction and understanding of public life.

Session: Enablers, Iconographers, Agitators & Utopianizers

Historically, all revolutions have consisted in bringing larger amounts of people together; in the near future, revolutions will consist in bringing collective aspirations together. Towards a Theory of Earliness is a talk without temporalities, labels or disciplinary grounds that presents a future world of alternatives marked by idea models beyond business models.

Franch will trail-blaze through contemporary philosophical approaches, definitions of art, architecture or code and dive into Storefront for Art and Architecture's history as a thirty year old New York alternative institution to present two recent projects and their future relaunch: the World Wide Storefront and OfficeUS, a trojan horse project presented as the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale as the US Representative and its future life as a new platform for the production of history, ideas and work. Are you part of OfficeUS?