Nick Roseboro

Undergraduate Discipline

Visual and Studio Arts

BFA, The New School. MSCCCP, Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (GSAPP). A designer, musician, and co-founder of the research and design agency Architensions—a studio that works at the intersection of theory and practice, focusing on architecture as a network condition in continuous dialogue with the political and social context, that aims to create new possibilities for contemporary living and production. Roseboro’s interests include redefining design and research practice through curatorial, pedagogical, and cross-disciplinary exploration toward new creative and cultural production at multiple scales. He has recently been researching tensions between labor and leisure in the post-World War II period to unveil the creation of other places and methods of cultural identity and production under the theme of architecture and leisure. Recent projects of his studio include curating the Common Visions Festival: Links in San Ferdinando, Calabria, Italy (2023); research and design of the large-scale installation The Playground, Coachella (2022); and the transformation of a typical suburban home in Babylon, New York. He has exhibited at the a83 Gallery in New York City (2022), Modest Commons in Los Angeles (2023), and Center for Architecture (2022). His office was recently listed in the Wallpaper* Guide to Creative America: 300 Names to Know Now. Along with his practice, he has taught at the Barnard architecture program and has been a guest critic at various schools. SLC, 2023–

Undergraduate Courses 2023-2024

Visual and Studio Arts

The Pendulum of Labor and Leisure

Open, Seminar—Fall

Work/labor are directly connected and drive reasoning for producing more commodities, people, and even art—extending our livelihoods further into the future. Leisure is a vital part of a system where labor is extracted from society and, in turn, yearns for time away from work or something in return. Some tensions lie in the decision-making process of wanting time from work and the rewards of that work that generate paradoxical circumstances. Workers give their labor and, in return, earn a conditioned status that is sought after and that perpetually feeds this cycle. The course looks at work typologies embedded within their leisure and the amenities used as a tool for greater work output. A question arises regarding the work/life vs. work/leisure paradigm and the blurred line between them. Counter examples include the festival as a site of leisure, the home, and more sites that function as a release for work—but is work still happening on these sites? Through drawing, collage, and mapping, students will identify the experiences in these spaces, how they function with or against the norms of society, and where the future of these spaces linked to “play” symbolizes for them. What aspects of leisure are necessity vs. desire, and what is the role of aesthetics in these places?


Urban Voids as Artifacts

Open, Seminar—Spring

Defined by Ignacio Sola Morales as land in its exploitable state, urban voids have been a topic of discussion for quite some time. This course aims to reexamine the notion of the void not as land ripe for building real estate capital but, rather, as space for cultural expression. Students are given a list of different voids—infrastructural areas, parks, empty/unused buildings, and land that has transformed many times over with histories of erasure and dispossession. Exercises include visual representation via an exegetic collage of the assigned void. What are the colors of the voids? Do these colors and textures differ from their context? The project then would be to design an intervention as a response to the context of the chosen void. What does the context need? Who is it for, and why? Responses could interface with political, economic, and social concerns with the varying matter on our planet but also with an underlying conceptual underpinning of their interconnectedness of site, land, and the collective.