An architectural model of a house in progress

estudio teddy cruz, Manufactured Sites, 2008, Carnegie Museum of Art, Purchased with funds provided by the Drue Heinz Art Trust, 2010.12.1

States of Becoming

The Heinz Architectural Center

Architecture evolves through the act of building as well as theoretical research. This selection of drawings, models, and photographs from the Heinz Architectural Center reveals some of the ways that architects investigate construction techniques, explore the possibilities offered by new technologies, and represent cities in new and provocative ways. Architects may collaborate with professional photographers or take up the camera themselves, and the resulting photographs can point to the aesthetic and social concerns at the heart of an architect’s entire body of work.

The works on display reflect a constant exploration and iteration of ideas. The culture of architecture is never static. To borrow a phrase from architect Thom Mayne, architecture is a “state of becoming.”

Architects and photographers in the exhibition include Iwan Baan, Barkow Leibinger Architekten, EC3, estudio teddy cruz, Neil Denari, Kathryn Findlay, Foreign Office Architects, Adam Nathaniel Furman, Michael Graves, Jakob + MacFarlane, Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis, Johnston Marklee, Thom Mayne, Dennis Marsico, Lorcan O’Herlihy, Claude Parent, George Ranalli, Denise Scott Brown, and Bernard Tschumi.

States of Becoming is organized by Raymund Ryan, curator of architecture.

Exhibition Images

Print showing interior cut-away views of subway tunnel sections illustrating landings and staircases with other details and dark stylized figures roaming the interior spaces
Lithograph with various calligraphic figures and scattered markings in a neutral palette
Collage showing dense crowd of people in front of modern architecture and a large geometric field of color in the foreground
A colorful model of a house