Spotlight: Jad Ismail

From an exhibition to an entire museum, a Los Angeles-based designer finds the opportunity to learn at every scale.

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All images courtesy Jad Ismail, unless otherwise cited.
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Jad at the separation wall in Bethlehem, August 2018.
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Jad with his thesis project on architecture in Palestine, April 2019.
“Poetic Structure: Art + Engineering + Architecture” opened in June 2018 at the MAK Center for Art and Architecture in Los Angeles.
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Rendering of the new LACMA building. Image © Atelier Peter Zumthor & Partner | The Boundary
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Rendered view looking west down Wilshire Boulevard. Image © Atelier Peter Zumthor & Partner | The Boundary

LACMA is one of the first places I visited when I came here for my internship. I couldn’t have imagined that I would one day work on it.

There are so many consultants on this project — mechanical, engineering, and plumbing, of course, but you also have a theater consultant, a kitchen consultant, even a consultant to deal with below-grade methane in the area. I’ve benefited from being able to see our management team coordinate with all of these different players to ensure that the original design intent is coming through. SOM is really good at working through the details and making sure that everything has its place. It’s under construction right now. I can’t wait to see it built and actually visit.

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Persistence pays off: Jad rolls out a pie crust during the 2020 pandemic.

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