STUFF

Studio for Transformative Urban Forms and Fields
Team

Jae-Sung Chon

Founder, Partner & Creative Director

Jae-Sung Chon

Jae-Sung Chon currently teaches Environmental Design in the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Manitoba. He has taught architecture internationally since 1996, in Seoul, Tokyo, Shanghai, Berlin and London. Chon has studied Architecture, Architectural Engineering, Housing, and Urbanism in various contexts. He is currently working on a research-based PhD at University College London (UCL) in affiliation with the Department of Geography and the Urban Laboratory at UCL.

 

Jae-Sung led the Migrating Landscapes entry to the Venice Biennale along with 5468796 Architecture Inc. and selected by a national juried competition as Canada’s official entry at the 2012 Venice Biennale in Architecture. Jae-Sung has maintained various forms of design practice since 1995. His works have been recognized in a number of publications including AZURE, DWELL, Canadian Architect and Western Living. He was the founding partner of both DIN Projects and OS1 Architecture/Design. In 2010, Chon initiated STUFF, an Environmental Design think-tank, to reflect his interests in the broader engagement of design and trans-disciplinary forms of research & practice.

In 2012 Jae opened MAKE / Coffee + Stuff, a espresso bar and retail venue, to pursue an engagement between the public and profession of design

Thom Jeffrey Garcia

Partner: Design & Project Development

Thom Jeffrey Garcia

T. Jeffrey Garcia is a sessional instructor at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Manitoba. He has instructed in graduate studios in the Interior Design Department as well as various levels in the Environmental Design Program. For many years he has been an educator in the ED2 foundation year. He has a professional Bachelor of Interior Design degree from the U of M. His body of work includes exhibit curation, display design, graphic design, and industrial design. Previous to teaching he worked for Plastic Buddha Design Inc., focusing on research projects and special commissions. The firm has been profiled in such publications as Wallpaper*, AZURE, Saturday Night Magazine, Surface, and Frame. Their work has been exhibited across Canada and in New York (ICFF), Milan (Salone Internazionale del Mobile), and Tokyo (Tokyo Designers Block). T. Jeffrey Garcia is currently a partner at S.T.U.F.F.,a newly formed network practice and think-tank. In 2011, he was the recipient of the prestigious Carl Nelson Teaching Award, a recognition typically given to full-time instructors. His personal research focuses on the role of social history and spatial-experiential semiotics in multivalent expressions and their phenomenological impact on genius loci, and place-making.