ALAM / PROFETA PRACTICE
US | DE | IT
In our projects, we combine everyday digital habits, contemporary imaging technologies and traditional craftsmanship to surpass an introverted conversation and open up novel forms of practice.
Our work ranges from small scale public installations to sites of speculative re-use. Weaving existing conditions with contemporary manufacturing technologies and aesthetics, engaging with the heterogeneous, often contradictory set of evidences of a given context, we focus on constructing inclusive interventions that embrace and critically address the multi-faceted nature of our reality.
MAYA ALAM is a German born architect and designer. She holds the title of Dipl. Ing. of Interior Architecture from the Peter Behrens School of Architecture in Düsseldorf and a Master of Architecture with Distinction from the Southern California Institute of Architecture in Los Angeles.
She has worked in Germany, India, Switzerland, China, Italy and the United States. Amongst others with P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S, NMDA, UNStudio and Studio Fuksas. She has taught at Southern California Institute of Architecture, Syracuse University & Yale University. She is currently on the faculty at University of Pennsylvania.
Maya was awarded the AIA Henry Adams Certificate and a Selected Best Thesis Award at SciArc. She was the inaugural recipient of the 2016/17 Boghosian Fellowship. Her work deals with speculations on social dreaming and experimental reuse in consideration of new media and its effects on our perception.
DANIELE PROFETA is an Italian architect and designer. He is currently the Architecture Program Director of Syracuse University in Florence. He received a Master of Architecture from Princeton University, and completed his undergraduate studies between La Sapienza University in Rome and KTH School of Architecture in Stockholm, where he graduated with Honors.
In the past Daniele has worked in internationally renowned architecture offices, ranging from experimental design practices such as Mark Foster Gage Architects in New York and P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S in Los Angeles, to larger firms such as Studio Fuksas in Rome. This allowed him to work on a variety of projects ranging from small-scale installations to international competitions as well as large developments in the Middle East and in Asia. He has taught at Southern California Institute of Architecture, University of California Los Angeles & Yale University. He is currently on the faculty at Syracuse University.
His current research explores the potential of digital mapping as a practice of world-building, one that allows to collapse heterogeneous forms of information to develop a thicker understanding of the contemporary architectural discourse.
Daniele’s past projects range from investigative geography to construct spatial histories within the context of Guatemala’s civil war, to projective narratives speculating on the role that contemporary surveying technologies have in shaping the political landscape of our cities.