Selected Press, Lectures, and Interviews


CODAworx Awards: Light Mobile

 Award Submission | CODAworx Collaboration of Design + Art

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The CODAawards celebrate design projects that demonstrate the most successful integration of commissioned art into an interior or architectural space.  “Overview: The light mobile is a 1500 piece light-sculpting art piece that hangs in the atrium of the new power solutions division at Johnson Controls’ Glendale headquarters…”



In Search of Dark Matter

Lecture | UWM School of Architecture & Urban Planning

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Presented by DF Partners Paul Mattek & Ryan O’Connor.  |   “In Search of Dark Matter is just our way of referring to an idea that has been around for a long time, the search for new connections and relationships – in a word: integration. In our case, the integration of designing and making. The second integration is of project and product. For now, we are a small firm acting as the material liaisons for architects. In the future, we hope that more architecture firms will make their own integrations of design and making into their practices.”

TuanArticleTangents – Design Emergent Practice

Article | Architecture & Design Journal of Young Architects Forum – Connection​

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by: Tuan Tran
“Unlike other start-ups, we did not have a clear business plan. We saw an opportunity in the market for a practice that provides design and fabrication services. Unlike traditional design-build practices, we leverage computational design and advanced fabrication techniques. This tangential approach gives us the capability to take on projects of various scales, scope and complexity…” Full Publication

Adaptation: The Suits, Rebels, Humanitarians, and Visionaries

Article | AIA Publication: Forward 211- Adaptation

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by: Kevin Frank, Bryan Finnegan & Dominick Gallegos

The scholarly journal, Forward, is produced by the National Associates Committee to provide a voice for Associate AIA members within the Institute. The Forward publication staff strives to inform the members about provocative issues facing the profession of architecture today.

“Four Snapshots of the Design Leaders Shaping Our Future… What does the future hold for the design world? To gain a better perspective on the prospects for our profession, we’ve profi led a broad cross-section of professionals: the Suits, the Rebels, the Humanitarians, and the Visionaries. While these vignettes are by no means comprehensive, they provide a unique snapshot of our diverse and ever-changing industry…” Full Publication

 Firm Profile in Archilepsy

Profile | Archilepsy – Design Fugitives Profile

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by: Bryan Finnegan

“Building the CNC machine was more of a labor of love than experiment. Just ask DF member Tuan Tran who has been laboring on the machine for months. Aside from the actual mechanism, the entire steel platform for the rig was built by the DF team in their space. Detailed steel pieces were ordered from a fabricator and accented with a little Badger red…”
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Artist of the Week

Interview | Art Milwaukee Artist of the Week – Design Fugitives

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by Art Milwaukee

“What is the title of your most current piece or installation?

(re)deploy: dividing space” Specifically, DF was asked to create a functional but decorative wall to separate the artist work area from the hotel lounge which share the space. The built solution uses simple structure and strategic accent lighting to create…”


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