Janek Oźmin born 1975, Dublin, Ireland is an Architect, Visual Artist and Researcher based at Umeå School of Architecture, Sweden. He graduated with a Diploma in Architecture from Cambridge University in 2001 receiving a Silver Medal commendation from the RIBA for his thesis project “Barking and Dagenham a New Industrial Culture”. Following graduation he has worked in both the United Kingdom and Ireland before establishing his own practice in 2007. From 2006 he was an assistant lecturer in Dublin Institute of Technology and Queens University Belfast where he has carried out a series of research based urban and building projects including NAMAlab 2011. NAMAlab investigated the conditions of Dublin’s collapsed real-estate market following the financial crisis of 2009 and was recognised by the RIBA as a World Class Project in 2012. In 2011 his project proposal for a Genocide Memorial in Atlantic City co-authored with the architect Donal Hickey was exhibited as part of the Royal Hibernian Academies first exhibition on emerging Irish Architectural practices. The memorial project also formed part of a solo invited exhibition at the Irish Architectural Archive and has since been included in its permanent collection. After moving to Sweden in 2012 he has produced a series of public spatial installations dealing with hybrid conditions formed between a combination of the Body, Landscape and Nature. Most recently he has exhibited a tryptic fabric sculpture titled “Domestic Still Life” in Hohenems, Austria dealing with migrating centres of production and space as product co-authored with the visual artist Swetlana Heger. He has contributed to several architectural publications on Illustration Techniques, Architectural Theory and Visual Arts practice. His PhD research is being carried out at Umeå School of Architecture within the Relational Architecture program with a focus on Relational Architectural Technology. The UMA PhD school is directed by Proffesor Roemer van Toorn and consists of PhD students Sepideh Karami, Katja Hogenboom and Hannes Frykholm and Janek Oźmin.
The Garden of Crisis PhD project Umeå School of Architecture.
The world of home is becoming an increasingly complex space where boundaries between the individual and society are blurring and forming a new context for emerging subjectivities. My interest is in how Architecture and Visual Arts can communicate through visual and spatial material productions the emerging image of the contemporary home.
The research project The Garden of Crisis argues that Architectural practice must engage with a variety of spatial and aesthetic practices in order to come to terms with a rapidly developing forms of domesticity.
The project is based at Umeå School of Architecture and is being carried out as an Artistic based Research projected connected to the Swedish Architecture Research Environment, ResArc and Architecture in the Making. It is the ambition of the project to construct a series of spatial installations and visual documents questioning how the home has developed as a space where the individual connects and negotiates with ecology, infrastructure logistics, production and consumption.