Sargent Visiting Professor Florencia Pita is a spring 2014 critic in the Syracuse Architecture NYC studio along with Jackilin Hah Bloom. She is the principal of FPMod and a partner of Pita & Bloom. She graduated from the National University of Rosario, Argentina, School of Architecture, with licensure. In 1999 she was awarded the 2000 Fulbright-FondoNacional de lasArtes Scholarship to pursue studies at Columbia University where she received her MSAAD, Master’s Degree in 2001. Florencia’s work experience includes the offices of Greg Lynn FORM in Los Angeles, Eisenman Architects in New York City and Asymptote in New York City. Florencia holds a full-time faculty position at the Southern California Institute of Architecture and is the editor of the school’s publication, Onramp. She has been a visiting professor at the Pratt Institute in New York and Lund University in Sweden.
Pita & Bloom is an architectural design collaborative based in Los Angeles. Started in 2010 by two experienced practitioners, Florencia Pita and Jackilin Hah Bloom focus their shared sensibilities on the production of figurative yet reimagined and unexpected designs. Pita & Bloom aim to represent the current attitudes of contemporary culture while addressing each project’s specific challenges. Embracing the exuberant and prolific, Pita & Bloom utilize vivid color and reconfigured ornamentation with unexpected forms to challenge traditional material conventions. The work of Pita & Bloom to date includes competition proposals for world-class buildings such as the Taichung City Cultural Center in Taiwan, an urban housing ideas project in Maribor, Slovenia and an urban park scheme in San Francisco, California. In January of 2014, Pita & Bloom were called “two female visionaries” in Architecture Magazine’s Next Progressives. They were one of five finalists of the prestigious MoMA PS1 YAP competition in 2014 and recently gave a lecture at Sci-Arc titled Colorforming. Both Florencia Pita and Jackilin Hah Bloom are active in architectural academia and currently teach design studios at the Southern California Institute of Architecture.