office ca



office ca is a design research collaborative led by Galo Canizares that straddles the thin line between the real and the virtual. We make material things, which we smash, inflate, knock over. We write down thoughts about fictional worlds and alternate realities/timelines/futures. We research curious objects, such as software, duct tape, mylar, and bean bags. We are fascinated by the absurdities of constraints, codes (in every sense of the word), and histories of architecture. We do not push for originality for the sake of it, but instead seek out hidden curiosities that tie imaginative objects and tools with hyper-real situations. Through the act of designing and making, we strive to continue a dialogue about physical/virtual realities, distant memories, and weird hallucinations.

Galo Canizares is a designer, writer, and educator. He holds an M.Arch from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and teaches at The Ohio State University’s Knowlton School of Architecture. His ongoing work concerns the production of architectural media after the rise of digital culture.

—frequent conspirators
Jose Canizares
Enio Dajko
Ekin Erar
Eric Randall Morris
Kyle Altman

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03.23.2018 - office ca wins the 2018 Ragdale Ring Competition! More info here.

03.15.2018 - Galo Presents More Translations (from Drawing to Building) at the 106th ACSA Annual Meeting in Denver, CO.

11.27.2017 - Galo lectures at Kent State University’s College of Architecture and Enivronmental Design, following the opening of The Field Guide to Martian Landscapes at the Armstrong Gallery.

07.26.2017 - office ca is invited to participate in The Unsolicited Sideshow at the Chicago Architecture Biennial. Support the show here!

06.01.2017 - @theorymachina is featured in POOL issue 2: Rules.

04.12.2017 - Three Acts of #Architecture opens at the Banvard Gallery, Columbus, OH. The show runs from April 12th through August 31st.

04.12.2017 - Galo presented "2 or 3 Things I know About #Architecture" at the Knowlton School of Architecture.

12.02.2016 - Reviews at the Knowlton School of Architecture.

8.25.2016 - Galo begins work at The Ohio State University as the 2016-17 Howard E. LeFevre ’29 Emerging Practitioner Fellow.

7.08.2016 - Reflector goes up in Conifer, CO!

5.2.2016 - Syracuse Architecture reviews.

5.1.2016 - Galo's essay "Licensing Creativity" is published in PLAT 5, License.

3.24.2016 - The Valley of the Giants receives an honorable mention in the 2016 EVOLO Skyscraper Competition.

3.15.2016 -, a new project for collective criticism and short reflections on contemporary art and architecture, is online.

3.10.2016 - office ca is selected to design the set concept for Finish Line, a new play by the Boston Theater Company.