Iterations of Graphic Identity

Bigger than a Breadbox, 

Smaller than a Building 

Boston Society of Architects,

Boston MA / June - Oct 2015

Firm: Khôra


Rob Trumbour, Aaron Willette

Role:  research, design curation,

graphic design

Bigger than a Breadbox, Smaller than a Building is an exhibition that explores

the use of installation as an investigation tool and spatial medium in contemporary

architectural practice and pedagogy. The exhibition is hosted by the Boston Society

of Architects’ BSA Space gallery, 

featuring works of designers and 

architects from an international

competition under the same name, alongside invited piece from local distinguished practitioner. 


The exhibition aims to create dialogue and provoke questions that examine

architectural theory, practice, and pedagogy through the medium of installation.

Timeline Infographic

illustrates the relationship between art (upper gray strand), architecture (lower gray strand), and installation (middle hue of colors). The infographic layers information chronologically including major movements (bubble regions) alongside significant projects by frontrunners of those movements. The

different areas overlapped much greater in the 60s and 70s when installation became a prominent medium. 

General world events from World Wars, to the opening of Disney, to the launch of an iPhone are coincided to illustrate how these events help shape the changes in art and architecture or vice versa.

Expanded Field

continues from the historically timeline, beginning in the year 2000 when installation was institutionalized in architecture with the debut of the MoMA

PS1 Young Architects Program, the medium expands the boundaries of discourses in cross-disciplinary from

art, to architecture, to nanotechnology, to biology, and so on.

The triangular shaped territories (indicated by the dashed line) are anchored at their corners by the primary,

secondary and tertiary categories consistent with those used throughout the exhibition.

The series of words within project territories outline topic areas that bridge the boundaries of individual categories and project territories.

Comparative Mapping

of high, medium, and low levels of interest, beginning in the year 2000, in six categorized focuses: Material, Process, GeometryParticipation, System, and Practice. Points furthest from the center of the circle convey peaks of interest.

NADAAA, Catenary Compression: the Tensile Vault, reconsidered
Matter Design, Microtherme
IK Studio, Spatial Dissections


Photo credit: Samantha Altieri