Sean Lally is educated & trained as an architect and landscape architect. Lally’s work is a synthesis of two intense pressures on society today: humanity’s manipulation of the environment and the bio engineering of the human body. The first is changing the makeup of the physical spaces we occupy and the second, the very body that perceives that space. Lally’s design works are experiments that report on potential futures ahead, ones that do not fall along the false dichotomy presented in the media that earth can only be preserved or destroyed. The work instead embraces the belief that for humanity to live sustainably and responsibly, earth’s environments, as well as the human body, will just have to artificially evolve together. Lally’s work speculates on the shapes and aesthetics of space including the social and political dynamics that will emerge when both the design of the environment and the human body are recognized as necessarily elastic for humanity to move forward.
Lally received his Bachelors degree in Landscape Architecture from UMASS Amherst, his Masters in Architecture from UCLA and is a tenured associate professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago in the School of Architecture. Lally is the author of the The Air from Other Planets: A Brief History of Architecture to Come and recipient of the Prince Charitable Trusts Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome in Landscape Architecture.
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