Gerri Davis

Assistant Professor Adjunct

Gerri Davis enjoys a dual practice spanning architecture and art that predisposes her to teach the Freehand Drawing course in the School of Architecture.   

As an architect she worked at Diller + Scofidio and Diller, Scofidio + Renfro on the design of such projects as the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center’s 65th Street Redevelopment, Juilliard, Josie Robertson Plaza, Lincoln Center Theater, and contributed to various competitions, including the winning entry for the Highline in New York.  She was lead designer with Dean/Wolf  Architects on the Queens Hospital EMS Station and worked with Paul Andreu in Paris on a competition for an Opera House in China.

As an artist Gerri aims to expand the capacity of the traditional medium of paint to compress aspects of experiential awareness onto a two-dimensional plane, or to expand the language of painting into a temporal dimension. Her next solo exhibition of paintings including her new series The Monitors will take place in the spring of 2019 at Le Salon H in Paris, France.

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