2017 Manitoga Artist Residency Program


June 2 to November 13, 2017

MANITOGA / The Russel Wright Design Center
PO Box 249, Garrison, NY 10524   P: 845-424-3812

We are thrilled that Master of Architecture students at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design will design and build a site-specific pavilion at Manitoga inspired by the design legacy of Russel Wright.

Through form, structure, material and process, the pavilion will respond to Manitoga’s rich history and extraordinary sense of place. The full-scale pavilion will be on view during seasonal public tours and special programs. A Members Opening Celebration will be held Saturday, June 10, 5-7pm. 

“Our 2017 Artist Residency Program brings together a new generation of visionary designers with a mid-century design icon,” says Executive Director Allison Cross. “In his experimental home and landscape, Wright celebrated material innovation, good design, and harmony with nature. The striking creativity shown by the student work is an inspiring tribute to this legacy.”

The residency culminates a two-year collaboration between Manitoga and PennDesign Architecture Department. Over 150 students visited Manitoga and participated in various studio projects inspired by Wright’s design principles. A juried pavilion competition of student group concepts was a program highlight with the 2015 winning design Over Cast named one of the world’s top student design-build projects by ArchDaily.com.

The winning design concepts from 2016 – Hereafter and Devour(ing) the Dark – are currently being developed and fabricated as one pavilion for Manitoga in a seminar led by Lecturer Mohamad Al Khayer. Chair Winka Dubbeldam observes that “the pavilion installation at Manitoga is a unique design-build experience. Students have the opportunity to take what they are learning at PennDesign and move it beyond our walls to engage a rich cultural context with an immediate impact.”

The pavilion competitions were conceived and coordinated by Associate Professor Andrew Saunders who explains, “The pavilion is meant to be a built dialogue that speculates on the trajectory of mid-century modern design of mass standardization in the context of today’s politics and digital technologies.”

Special thanks go to former Manitoga Board member Dan Macey for introducing PennDesign to Manitoga.

Please find more information on this exciting partnership, student projects, and pavilion progress updates at VisitManitoga.org.