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Josiah Kinney

In 1951 Louis Khan was traveling around the Mediterranean for three months. This period was so transformative that Khan would never build with lightweight steel again - a decision that would lead him to become one of the most important architects of our time.

I bring this up only as a way to highlight the goal of my travels: it is to experience different ways of thinking and living, and to be changed by it and thereby to change the architecture I make. This goal took me to various places across the globe - always with the pursuit of experiencing heterogeneity. I traveled to places of longest continuous human inhabitation in the South Mediterranean and Morocco - experiencing the harshness of life under the desert heat. I traveled to the ancient city of Istanbul and saw how history imbues a place with a soul that can never be planned for or intentionally built. I traveled to Indonesia to experience true sustainability in the built environment. I traveled and thereby thought and lived differently in spaces that I had never been before, and I hope that the architecture I make continues to be framed by this new architecture of my mind.

Number of
countries visited
  • France
  • Portugal
  • Spain
  • Morocco
  • Italy
  • Turkey
  • Indonesia

The spaces that we choose to make and live in become who we are. That is something that I learned in my travels with Lyceum and maybe that is the simplicity that I was searching for.