Forum Lecture series expands public outreach with exhibition

October 26, 2022

After two years on Zoom, the Forum Lecture series returned as an in-person event with a talk by alumna Jennifer Luce on September 26 at the Ottawa Art Gallery.


Later, after gorgeous visuals and engaging stories, the audience strolled down the hall to Artengine, where they could see and even touch some of the work produced by Luce’s firm and chat with the California-based architect.


The Forum Lecture series, hosted by the Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism, has long invited the public to presentations by top architectural thinkers and practitioners from across Canada and the world.

This downtown exhibition marked a new phase in the lecture series. From now on, the school will incorporate at least one exhibition as part of the annual series, which runs from September to March.


The school is especially pleased that Luce, who graduated from Carleton University in 1984 and is the founder and principal of Luce et Studio, delivered the first Forum Lecture of the 2022-23 season.


Her presentation, ART | ARCHITECTURE | CRAFT: a museum for the future, focused on the transformation of the Mingei International Museum. The museum is a public institution in San Diego, CA, that collects, conserves, and exhibits folk art, craft, and design. 


If you missed it, you can see the live stream here. (Starts at about six minutes.)


The accompanying exhibition featured custom elements for the museum that Luce et Studio developed with artists and craftspeople. The three-week show ended on October 16.

The Azrieli School thanks everyone who contributed to the success of the lecture and exhibition.


We are grateful for the generous support of the Forum Lecture founding sponsors.


Charlesfort Developments 

GRC Architects 

Hobin Architecture 

IBI Group 

Merkley Supply 

Trinity Development Group 


The Ottawa Regional Society of Architects (ORSA) came on board as a lecture sponsor. Much appreciated!


Thanks to Artengine, we had a venue in a great location. The school is grateful to Artistic Director Ryan Stec and Managing Director Remco Volmer for their partnership, which included collaborating on the design of the exhibition.


Thank you also to the architecture school team that helped set up the exhibit!


Kyle Bustin, Building Coordinator — coordination, planning, installation

Mark MacGuigan, Wood Chief Technician — table and brackets

Steve MacLeod, Digital Craft Technician — 3D printing

Brant Lucuik, Digital Craft Technician — vinyl printing


David Bastien-Allard, a 2022 Master of Architecture graduate, assisted with installation and documented the show. He was also the gallery attendant during exhibition hours.

About Jennifer Luce

Jennifer Luce is a licensed architect practicing in California and New York State. She received her Bachelor of Architecture from Carleton University in 1984, where she is a member of Azrieli Advisory Council and recipient of the A. Dunton Alumni Award of Distinction.  


In 1994, Luce received her Master of Design Studies from Harvard University, where she serves on the Alumni Council and Alumni Association Board. In 2016, she was elevated to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects. Luce has served on a variety of advisory boards for cultural institutions and currently co-chairs the AIA California Monterey Design Conference. In her personal life, Jennifer is a voracious art collector and passionate supporter of artists working in all media. 

About Luce et Studio

LUCE et studio is a collaborative architecture/design group that follows the legacy of the workshop/atelier model. The firm’s cross-disciplinary approach supports and advances creative exploration with an array of practitioners, including designers, artists, craftspeople, and thinkers. The studio prides itself on exploring each programmatic element with the rigor of a scientist and the poetry of an artist.  


Projects include cultural and arts facilities, workspaces, residences, urban design, and custom furniture projects. The studio also designs and commissions site-specific artworks for clients around the world. The recent renovation of the Mingei International Museum was featured in an article in the New York Times.