Theory and Practice by Michael Miller
Practice and academia have always been strongly linked at OLIN, with partners, associates, and staff teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels. However, the theoretical discussions that take place in an academic environment don’t always survive the practical concerns of professional practice.
In an effort to raise the level of theoretical discourse and advance praxis at OLIN, we have launched a series of monthly symposia for members of the studio to explore and debate how theory can elevate our practice to new levels, and how our practice can refine and ground theory. The series will delve into a range of topics and questions, such as: What relevance does contemporary theory have for our practice? How can our experience in the field inform, test, and challenge theory? What is OLIN’s intellectual heritage, and how is it evolving? As we begin to consider answers to these questions we hope to gain a better understanding of the diversity of perspectives in our studio and advance our collective approach to design. The series will also feature presentations from leaders in the design and academic communities to further invigorate and inform our theory discussions.