Lead Pencil Studio Korean / American, b. 1967 / 1970
Lead Pencil Studio is the working name of the art and architecture collaborative founded in 1997 by Annie Han and Daniel Mihalyo. After their meeting at the University of Oregon in 1991, they founded Lead Pencil Studio in order to cooperatively pursue installation art, site specific art, and functional architecture. Drawing equally from architecture and the studio arts, their work is an exploration of the history and memory of occupied sites and spatial gestures at the architectural scale. Their practice is self-described as "architecture in reverse…our projects are everything about architecture with none of its function…spaces with no greater purpose than to be perceived and question the certainty posited by the man-made world" They are winners of the 2007 Founder's Rome Prize in architecture from the American Academy in Rome, and were recognized in 2006 as an "Emerging Voices" by the Architectural League of New York.