Forum Lecture: ART | ARCHITECTURE | CRAFT: a museum for the future

September 26, 2022

6:00 pm EDT

A live stream of this event is available here.



ART | ARCHITECTURE | CRAFT:  a museum for the future

Date: Monday, September 26, 6:00 p.m. 

Venue: Ottawa Art Gallery, 50 Mackenzie King Bridge 

Speaker: Jennifer Luce 


Free and open to the public 












The Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism is pleased to acknowledge the  Ottawa Regional Society of Architects (ORSA) as a sponsor of this lecture.



La Atalaya Foundation Theater at the Mingei International Museum. Photo Credit: Nic Lehoux

Jennifer Luce, a California-based architect and Carleton University architecture alumna, will discuss recent projects, including the transformation of the Mingei International Museum in San Diego, CA. The museum is a public institution that collects, conserves, and exhibits folk art, craft, and design. 


The lecture will be followed by an opening reception for an exhibition of the work of Luce’s firm, LUCE et studio. The exhibition is in Art Engine, Arts Court, 2 Daly Avenue (within the Ottawa Art Gallery building.)


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. 


Jennifer Luce

LUCE et studio

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 the 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, Luce is a voracious art collector and passionate supporter of artists working in all media. 

About Forum Lecture Series: Perspectives 


The annual Forum Lecture Series is presented by the Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism at Carleton University. 


The 2022-2023 lecture series encompasses a variety of perspectives on topics that relate to each of the school’s three specializations:   


•  Design — Ron Thom: Life, Art, and Architecture (Adele Weder) and Indigenuity (Alfred Waugh) 

•  Conservation and Sustainability — Art | Architecture | Craft: a museum for the future (Jennifer Luce) and Adapting —Design in a Fully Built Metropolis (Sol Camacho) 

•  Urbanism — City Building in Context: a Conversation (David Wex, Michael Sørensen, and Joe Lobko) 


The series also engages the issue of Indigenous people and housing — Housing (for) Canada’s Indigenous Populations (Jake Chakasim, David Fortin, and Mark Maracle). 


We are also pleased that the speakers include two Carleton University alumni (Jennifer Luce and Joe Lobko) and a 2022 Governor General’s Medal in Architecture winner (Alfred Waugh). 


We acknowledge the generous support of our founding sponsors: 

Charlesfort Developments 

GRC Architects 

Hobin Architecture 

IBI Group 

Merkley Supply 

Trinity Development Group