Troy Conrad Therrien: curator of architecture and digital initiatives @Guggenheim; adjunct professor of architecture @ColumbiaGSAPP
Initially trained in computer engineering and commerce, and later in architecture design, history, and theory, my work combines these three fields. I am currently Curator of Architecture and Digital Initiatives at the Guggenheim Museum where I organized the museum’s first ever online exhibition, Åzone Futures Market, and am currently working on forthcoming exhibitions of architecture, art, and technology in New York and Bilbao. I am also an Adjunct Professor of Architecture at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation where I teach seminars on the consequences of contemporary techno-culture on architecture and its deep history and immediate future. I am a member of the United Nations Global Network on Digital Technologies for Sustainable Urbanization (iTSUN), and regularly publish, serve on awards juries, and speak internationally.
I have been a creative technologist for Bruce Mau Design; a trend forecaster for Audi; an architectural designer in Paris, New York, and London; a computational mathematics researcher at a Human Computer Interaction Lab; an editor of the Advanced Research Practices in Architecture Journal; a co-founder of the Architecture Online Lab, director of The Energy Issue initiative, and co-curator the Experiments in Motion initiative at Columbia; and was co-founder of Therrien–Barley (now Consortia), an innovation and design agency servicing Fortune 500 design and technology companies. I received an MA in Architecture History and Theory from the Architectural Association in London, an MArch from Columbia University (American Institute of Architects Medal), and a BASc in Computer Engineering from the University of British Columbia.
“If ‘Junkspace is what remains after modernization has run its course,’ then Junktime is the mess digitization has made of temporality.”
—After Belonging:Objects, Spaces, and Territories of the Ways We Stay in Transit, November 2016
“The Platonic system articulated how Promethean ‘Big Men’ could go about denting the universe, waging wars and building cities by channeling their will through architectural middle management, which would calcify the volatile gift of invention into regular victories and stable institutions. I call it the Promethean Gift Economy (PGE). It is a cipher for decoding [Venkatesh] Rao’s relevance to architecture.”
“Social soup is the bio-cultural-environmental complex of opinions, beliefs, desires, truths, values, myths, grudges, inventions, histories, conspiracies, rumors, plans, protocols, archetypes, dwellings, art, jokes, taboos, and other complex vectors of life woven through our mysterious emotional organic wetware. This mesh is our habitat. We don’t dwell in nature; we live amongst each other.”
“And now we’re hacking human DNA. While we’ve been on the lookout for Roko’s basilisk, the true singularity may have passed without a gasp. If Jeremy Narby’s hypothesis carries water, then we’ve left the mirror stage. Rather than aping the other side of the cave, we’ve begun to architect it.” (Columbia University, seminar, fall 2017 🔗)
“Flow has replaced fixity as the steady state of contemporary life.” (Columbia University, seminar, fall 2016 🔗)
“The computerization of everyday life has tethered us to the roller coaster of technological development and perhaps the only effect more pronounced than excitement is the anxiety it has spawned.” (Berlage Institute & Het Nieuwe Instituut, lecture, Rotterdam, fall 2015 📺)
- current orgs: Guggenheim Museum, Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
- past orgs: Consortia (formerly Therrien–Barley), Architectural Association, University of British Columbia
- email: tctherrien(at)guggenheim.org, tct2003(at)columbia.edu
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"I will never be able to live in peace with the automaton, because I was formatted in the old world.