Penultimate Tenure Review: Pete Oyler

Evolving Practice/Praxis
Wednesday, October 30, 4:30 p.m.
Sharp 327
37 S. Wabash Ave.
Chicago, IL
United States

Presented as part of his Penultimate Contract Review toward Tenure in the Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects. All faculty, students, and staff are invited.

In this presentation, Oyler will elaborate the ways in which his design practice explores the intersection of design, craft, contemporary culture, and history and emphasizes both traditional and experimental approaches to production. Motivated by the vast possibilities of a wide range of materials, diverse scales of production, and our ever-evolving relationship to both analog and digital modes of making, Oyler will discuss how ideas of scale, proportion, and of immersive studio practice central to his foundational works have paved the way for his current design projects and collaborations all the while illuminating the role of the designer as a unique cultural interlocutor.

This 45 minute presentation will be followed by a 15 minute Q&A.

Pete Oyler is a versatile designer who produces work for license and larger volume production under his own name and is a Principal at Assembly Design, an award-winning studio he co-founded with interior designer Nora Mattingly. Oyler holds a BA in American Studies and an MFA in Furniture Designfrom the Rhode Island School of Design. His work has been exhibited in Chicago, New York, London, Milan, Oslo, and Paris and he has received numerous awards including Forbes’ “30 Under 30 for Art & Design,” the Metropolis “Likes Award for Innovation in Design”, Sight Unseen's “American Design Hot List”, and New City's “Design 50: Who Shapes Chicago”. Recent Publications include Elle Décor, Forbes, Ideat, Modern Painters, The Financial Times, The New York Times, Surface, and Wallpaper. 

Learn more about Pete Oyler here