Tim Durfee named 2017-18 C.O.L.A. Fellow

December 1, 2017

By Renée Reizman

L.A-Frame House (Tim Durfee and Iris Anna Regn.) Vertical infill model for Los Angeles residential neighborhoods.

L.A-Frame House (Tim Durfee and Iris Anna Regn.) Vertical infill model for Los Angeles residential neighborhoods.


Tim Durfee, core faculty in the MDP since 2009, has been named a 2017-18 City of Los Angeles (C.O.L.A.) Individual Artist Fellow in design/visual arts by the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs. The award includes a grant to create new work which the City of Los Angeles will debut in spring 2018.

Durfee received the award as a creative visionary whose work engages with the city of Los Angeles in a unique way. A recent project, Everything On Time, made in collaboration with Faculty members Ben Hooker and Jenny Rodenhouse (MDP ’15), exemplifies how Durfee’s fascination with connections between things that are seemingly unrelated leads to imaginative work. Everything On Time defines transformative cities as the domain where issues of space, society, technology, culture, and people intersect. Through five self-contained idea-worlds: UAV Urbanism, Milleview Estates, Free(k) Zones, Programmed Natures and The Logistical Baroque, Everything On Time simulates possible cultures crafted from non-fiction interviews and research, speculative urban environments and buildings, fictional narratives and industrial simulation software.

Everything On Time: UAV Urbanism

Everything On Time: UAV Urbanism (Tim Durfee & Ben Hooker, with Jenny Rodenhouse.) Town plan derived from movement patterns and battery life of drones and autonomous vehicles.


Everything On Time has been exhibited at the Post-Internet Cities International Conference at MAAT Lisbon, the Architecture and Design Museum, Los Angeles, and was included in Now, There: Scenes from the Post-Geographic City (the exhibition Tim curated with fellow MDP faculty member Mimi Zeiger, the Bronze Dragon winner at the Bi-City Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism in Shenzhen, China.) Other recent projects include graphic identities for political action organizations, including Valarie Kaur’s The Revolutionary Love Project, David Kyuman Kim’s The Love-Driven Politics Collective.

Like many within the MDP, Durfee’s work falls under many domains: architecture, exhibition design, installation, furniture, public art, urban communication systems, web design, interface design, video, design research, writing, curating, and more. Despite the diversity of the contexts and media, all of his projects are inspired by his interest in unexpected connections. Which makes him a great fit for the C.O.L.A. Fellows. “C.O.L.A. Fellows are the types of unique civic entrepreneurs that we need in this city,” said DCA General Manager Danielle Brazell. “DCA is proud to honor these creative visionaries and nurture their symbiotic relationships with LA and other artists and the city’s history and identity as an international arts capital.”

The C.O.L.A. visual arts exhibition will take place in Spring 2018 at DCA’s Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery located at 4800 Hollywood Boulevard in Barnsdall Park.


The Rather Large Array (Tim Durfee, amp.)  Display apparatus for MADE UP: Design’s Fictions exhibition, curated by Tim Durfee with Haelim Paek (MDP 2012.)


Secondary Modern

Secondary Modern (Tim Durfee Studio.) A temporary utopia that is part museological viewing apparatus, part play structure, part hippie haven, part Habitrail.



Storyboard (Tim Durfee Studio.) A chair, at the size of oen’s personal library.


Tim Durfee is principal of Los Angeles based Tim Durfee Studio – a multidirectional practice that produces ideas, media, things, and spaces. His solo and collaborative projects have been honored by the American Institute of Architects, the American Institute of Graphic Arts, Architizer, PRINT Magazine, Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, and BUILD Magazine. In 2016 – was listed as one of “50 Under 50: Innovators of the 21st Century”. He has degrees in English and Architecture from the University of Rochester and Yale University. His book “MADE UP: Design’s Fictions,” co-edited with Mimi Zeiger, will be distributed in January 2018 by Actar and ArtCenter Graduate Press.  www.timdurfee.com