TUESDAY, March 8, 2022 4:30 p.m - 6 p.m. MST


6 p.m. MST | Doors Open at 5:30 p.m. MST


Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello draw, build, 3D print, teach, and write about architecture and design as a cultural endeavor deeply influenced by craft traditions and contemporary technologies. They are the founding partners in the Oakland based make-tank Emerging Objects. Wired magazine writes of their innovations, “while others busy themselves trying to prove that it’s possible to 3-D print a house, Rael and San Fratello are occupied with trying to design one people would actually want to live in”. They also speculate about the social agency of design, particularly along the borderlands between the USA and Mexico, in their studio RAEL SAN FRATELLO. You can see their drawings, models, and objects in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, the Design Museum London, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.


Future Frontiers
TUESDAY, March 8, 2022
4:30 p.m – 6 p.m. MST
Mary Harris Auditorium
Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design
1600 Pierce Street, Denver CO, 80214



Free and open to the public. Space is limited. Registration is highly encouraged. Masks are required and seating will be physically distanced.

Partners Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello will share recent projects such as the Casa Covida and the Cabin of 3D Printed Curiosities and discuss how these projects grew out of a wider body of research around the development of future materials for 3D printing. They will also share their work at the frontier between the United States and Mexico which is both a protest against the border wall and a collection of counterproposals to the existence of the wall.

Next-Day Q+A

Wednesday, March 9, 2022
11:45am – 12:45pm MST
RMCAD Campus – TX 114

Join us for a casual conversation with visiting designers Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello! Take this opportunity to ask questions about their work, career, and get professional advice from these accomplished and innovative contemporary designers.

This in-person opportunity is open to RMCAD students, faculty, and staff. Be sure to learn more about the artist by attending their Designer Talk on Tuesday, March 8, 2022 at 6:00pm MST.

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Wednesday, March 9, 2022
1:30 pm MT – 5:30 pm MT
Neusteter Ceramics Studio
Deadline to sign up: Friday, March 4, 2022
Sign up hereRMCAD students have the chance to join an exclusive workshop with award-winning visiting designers Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello! This workshop will take place in person on RMCAD’s campus. Students must be able to be present for the entire time of the workshop.This opportunity is available to any interested student looking to engage with the visiting designers in a hands-on exploration into clay and 3D printing, and the limitlessness of those materials and methods. Students will learn how to utilize Ronald and Virginia’s software, Potterware, and will 3D print their own, customized, ceramic vessel. To reserve a spot in the workshop students are required to fill out this form by Friday, March 4, 2022.

Students will receive a confirmation email after submitting a request. The VASD Program Committee will review submissions and selected students will be notified by Monday, March 7, 2022.

Please contact Gretchen Marie Schaefer at gmschaefer@rmcad.edu with any questions.

Recommendation List

Ronald Rael recommends:
Architecture without Architects by Bernard Rudofsky (book)
Now I lay me Down to Eat by Bernard Rudofsky (book)
Are Clothes Modern? by Bernard Rudofsky (book)
The Unfashionable Human Body by Bernard Rudofsky (book)

And Virginia San Fratello recommends:
Printing Architecture: Innovative Recipes for 3D Printing by Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello
Printing Things by Dries Verbruggen and Claire Werner
The 3D Printing Handbook by Ben Redwood
Digital Fabrications: Architectural and Material Techniques by Lisa Iwamoto
Borderwall as Architecture by Ronald Rael
Why Walls Won’t Work by Michael Dear

For questions about accessibility or to request accommodations for these events, please contact Gretchen Marie Schaefer at gmschaefer@rmcad.edu or 303-995-8353. Requests should be made as soon as possible but no less than 5 business days prior to the scheduled event.

Image Credits- All images courtesy of Rael San Fratello Studio



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