Spike Wolff



Spike Wolff

Special Faculty

Artistic and Executive Director,
wats:ON? Festival

Curator and Administrative Director,
SoA Lecture Series

Spike Wolff is Curator of the School of Architecture Lecture Series and Executive Director and Curator of the wats:ON? Festival Across the Arts. Both of these programs have been revitalized to bring an eclectic and diverse range of internationally acclaimed artists and architects to CMU and the Pittsburgh community. Recent highlights of the two series include a lecture by Pritzker Prize winning architect Thom Mayne, and an artist talk and installation of a Solid Light Film by artist Anthony McCall.

Spike previously served as the Director of the Pre-College program in Architecture, and has taught a range of courses including a project based seminar workshop, a studio based seminar for non architects, and first and second year undergraduate design studios, as well as acting as an advisor for independent study and thesis project work.

Spike’s work and interests blur the distinction between art and architecture. Recent projects include ‘Shadow’ an installation at the Mattress Factory Museum of Contemporary Art, ‘The Hurricane’ a temporary jazz club for the Hill House of Pittsburgh, and exhibition design for ‘Contrarreloj, Felix de la Concha’ at the Frick Art Museum. Professional experience includes work on the historic restorations of the Kaufmann House by Richard Neutra and the Loewy House by Albert Frey with Marmol+Radziner Architecture, exhibition design for ‘Blueprints for Modern Living’ at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles with Hodgetts+Fung Design and Architecture, and presentation models for The Getty Center with Richard Meier & Partners.

Spike holds a Master of Architecture from SCI-Arc and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Carnegie Mellon University.

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