My work reclaims marginalized zones of the built environment by skillfully inserting experiential social playgrounds into public space. My work is always an experiment into the freedom of the human spirit.
I have a diversity of expertise ranging from ecological design and the biological sciences, to Architectural history and film & media studies. My projects are research. They are derived from an insatiable appetite to understand the built environment as an extension of a constantly shifting human condition. My process is both multi-layered and multi-disciplinary with a generalist approach to Architecture, art, and design. I believe all substantial design work is a collaboration between various social, ecological, material and individual entities.
Using working methods that are often idiosyncratic and messy consistently produces work that synthesizes program, form, and typology outside of my own comfort zone. This making often results in unexpected solutions. My studio is a laboratory that sits on the borders of the disciplines that inform my work. Through making I begin to understand something about both Art and Architecture. More importantly my work seeks questions about the conditions of human experience that exemplify hope, collaboration and the collective memory of place.
adam Lanman has worked in the fields of architecture, design and fine art for the past 17 years. His work blurs the boundaries between these disciplines and invents unique architectural propositions through site specific installations, experimental placemaking design, and speculative mixed media works of a variety of scales and formats.
Lanman earned his Master of Architecture from Cornell University and trained as a design architect with the award-winning practices of Elliott and Associates Architects in Oklahoma City and Allford Hall Monaghan Morris Architects based in London England. Lanman has presented his design work at both American Institute of Architects and American Institute of Graphic Arts Conferences and has been featured in art and design related publications from Contract Magazine to Art Focus. He has held professorships at Cornell University, Oklahoma State University and The University of Oklahoma and has been an invited design critic at multiple universities across the US. In 2016 Lanman’s work was selected for exhibition in Oklahoma Contemporary’s annual ArtNow event and soon after he launched his public art and architectural practice atelier aL which has successfully completed one major public art project per year as well as multiple design projects since its inception.
Lanman’s community and curatorial activities are paramount to his work and vision. He has sat on the Creative Oklahoma Creative Communities Project organizational committee, the board of Independent Artists of Oklahoma Gallery, Co-curated the Norman Recycled Lights Project, organized the architectural design track for the Oklahoma Sustainability Networks statewide conference, curated six public student design exhibitions for both Cornell University and the University of Oklahoma, twice curated the Oklahoma Recycled Art Show and served as jury member for the American Institute of Architects regional awards. Lanman has been invited to give multiple public and private lectures on his work and approach to both art and architecture.