HAHA IS THE SOLE PROPRIETORSHIP OF SAMANTHA Jacobson (they/them)…
an architect and design and research strategist who has participated in the design of award-winning buildings in the United States and Korea. They have also undertaken solo residential projects in California and Connecticut.
As a freelance interdisciplinary designer and consulting design strategist, Samantha has provided New York-based support services to the artists Mary Ellen Carroll and Paul Pfeiffer, as well as the artist residency and commissioning organization Denniston Hill.
Since 2014, Samantha has additionally provided ongoing research, technical and design support to Third Streaming Strategic Services (3S), a Brooklyn-based, globally-oriented strategic consultancy headed by cultural producer and nonprofit management specialist Yona Backer. In this capacity, in addition to their support for Backer and The Alvin Baltrop Trust, Samantha has also contributed substantial market research and analytical support for the internal strategic evaluations of the African Film Festival (NY), Creative Capital, the New York Community Trust and other nonprofit organizations and foundations working at the intersection of arts, culture at social justice.
Samantha’s work has been featured in the 2019 Honolulu, 2012 Busan and 2014/5 prospect.3 biennales, as well as the following publications: ArchDaily, Architect, Architectural Record, Architecture, Artforum, A+U, the Boston Globe, Blast Magazine, The Bottom Line, Elle, Evolo, InStyle, Interni, Interior Design, FastCompany, NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday, Plan, postemdieval, the Providence Journal, Space, TAG and Zing.
Samantha has also completed several large scale landscape artworks and public art initiatives, including “Flotsam (How to Live Together),” a 2.3 mile-long work in chalk executed at the campus of the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2014.
Samantha holds a Master of Science in Art and Architectural History from the History, Theory and Criticism of Architecture and Art program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2013), where their thesis research focused on the rhetorical analysis of the historiography of feminist issues in late twentieth century American architectural history and criticism; in 2014, their thesis was licensed as an art-book by the open access press Punctum Books (forthcoming). As an MITx fellow, Samantha was on the 4-person team who constructed the first ever massive open online course in global architectural history. Samantha also earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Architecture from Rice University (2010).
With Eileen Joy and Christian Hite, Samantha is co-editor of the ecology-focused multimedia publication, Keep It Dirty.
Samantha lives and works in New York and Los Angeles.
In 2018, Samantha’s MIT thesis, “Notes on Sexuality and Space,” was slated to go into into press with punctum books (book website).
In 2016, Samantha helped launch Filth, an academic journal and volume of the ongoing project Keep It Dirty.
In 2015, Samantha launched their first design-build project, by taking possession of a small parcel in Joshua Tree, California. An innovative, small-scale, low-cost structure designed for the site will play host to an on-demand hospitality venture, as well as a site-specific installations series, before its eventual sale.
In 2014, Samantha completed their 2.3-mile long landscape installation “Flotsam (How to Live Together),” on the campus of the University of California, Santa Barbara. The project was featured on the cover of Queer Insists by Michael O’Rourke, one of the top 10 Critical Theory books to be published in 2014.
In 2013, Samantha was honored to be selected as an inaugural MITx Fellow, and assisted in production and project management for the first ever “Massive Open Online Course” in global architectural history, featured fall 2013 on the EDx platform.