SUTHERLIN SANTO



Sutherlin Santo is a research-driven design workshop based in Los Angeles, California, operated by Garrett and Paul Sutherlin Santo, informed by their diverse backgrounds.

Sutherlin Santo’s body of work has been dedicated to exploring the relationship between humans and nature by pairing emerging digital technologies with earth and plant-based materials. Merging techniques of the past with contemporary machines, Sutherlin Santo reexamines traditional and ancestral craft through a digital lens, projecting forward to a future where our technological and natural worlds are more closely aligned.

Using tools such as robotics, 3D printing, and artificial intelligence to mediate the human hand and subvert anthropocentric preconceptions, Sutherlin Santo’s research-driven work seeks to anticipate a future where design’s connection to nature and technology are symmetrical and technology is balanced with the human hand.

Garrett Sutherlin Santo received his Master of Architecture with distinction from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) and dual Bachelor’s degrees (Art: Ceramics & Geography) with honors from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2014 and 2009, respectively. Paul Sutherlin Santo studied screenwriting and production design at Chapman University’s Dodge College of Media Arts, and went on to serve as a feature film Story Editor and Copywriter at the commercial production company, SMUGGLER.

Currently, Garrett teaches post-graduate applied research courses at SCI-Arc and recently held the position of CTO with responsibilities as head of Applied Research at the internationally awarded architecture firm, Baumgartner + Uriu (B+U). Garrett’s academic and design work has been recognized through awards that include the American Institute of Architects Henry Adams Medal and the Merit Award for distinguished Graduate Thesis. Garrett previously worked for Sir Peter Cook at his architecture design firm, CRAB Studio, and under Hernan Diaz Alonso at his design practice, HDA-X (formerly Xefirotarch).


CURRENT / UPCOMING
2022 Manhattan Beach Art Center 'Out of the Mold'| Hollow Form & Elytra Series
2022 Cité du design, Saint Etienne International Design Biennal, ‘Bifurcations’ | Symbiotic Stool
2022 Brea Gallery, 'Made In California' Exhibition | Hollow Form


PAST
2022 Brea Gallery, 'Made In California' Exhibition | Hollow Form 
2022 Atlas of Lost Finds, UNFOLD, Design Museum Gent | Felideo Rematerialization
2022 Sparrow Gallery/ACGA, 'Seismic State: California Ceramics', NCECA 2022 | Hollow Form
2021 Palos Verdes Art Center Exhibition | Hollow Form
2021 Krikorian Gallery, Worcester Center for Arts / Worcester State University | Elytra Series
2021 Annual ICAN Finalist Cup Show | Elytra Series
2021 Craft Contemporary Museum, ‘Clay LA’ | Elytra Series   
2021 George Caleb Bingham Gallery, University of Missouri | Elytra Series
2021 Intersect Tokyo Gallery | Carbon Stool & BioTiles
2021 IDC Conference, Seoul National Univeristy | Design & Biomaterial, Lecture
2021 Applied Contemporary Gallery | Elytra Series
2020 Lexus Design Award | Prototyping Finalist, Biocraft
2020 Develop3D - Biocraft, Publication
2020 Voyage LA - Studio Profile, Publication
American Institute of Architects Henry Adams Medal
Selected Graduate Thesis Exhibition, SCI-Arc
Merit Graduate Thesis Award, SCI-Arc
SCI-Arc Spring Show
Academic Research Award, University of California, Los Angeles
Thomas & Virginia Ehrisman Financial Award
UCLA Project Grant I, University of California, Los Angeles
Edward J & Alice Mae Smith Art Scholarship Award
Emma B Keller Financial Support Award
UCLA Project Grant II, University of California, Los Angeles
Barbara and Joseph Naar Art Scholar Award
D’Arcy Hayman Award
Department of Art Scholarship Award, University of California, Los Angeles
Award Exhibition, UCLA New Wight Gallery, 2009
Scholarship Award Show, UCLA New Wight Gallery, 2008
Juried Show, UCLA New Wight Gallery, 2008
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