i/van/able is imaginary. nonetheless, through writing, works of art, architecture, design, and narrative, with ife salema vanable at the helm, i/van/able is Old Hand at producing theoretical, speculative, and physical interventions rooted in uncommon and seemingly incompatible scenarios of use, programmatic organization, and occupation that defy prevailing notions of type, taste and form. a supposed architectural workshop and think tank, i/van/able has never existed and yet has always been in the works. i/van/able is a fantasy and a fiction, a desire. get in touch.     

In the Works 
April 2021
Ife is a recipient of a 2021 Buell Center Fellowship supporting historical research on the built environment within or between the fields of architecture, urban history, and landscape for Tall Tales: State Looks, Black Desire(s), Housing Schemes.

11 December 2020
For HOUSINGS: UNAUTHORIZED EPISTEMOLOGIES, Ife in collaboration with Daisy Ames is awarded a research grant from the Cooper Union Grant Program

This work explicitly confronts histories and practices of architecture, and specifically the development of urban housing, as the work of culture, inherently political. Through various innovative modes of representation, this project’s goal is to lay bare to analysis, the seemingly difficult-to-see, ignored and invisibilized aspects of how and why multi-family housing in New York City exists where and in the forms it does today. Our goal is to forge a critical, generous space to study multiple territories of containment, accommodation, protection, enclosure, and dwelling (conceptual, theoretical, material, bodily, and sensorial). This project asks rigorous questions of how value is and has been determined in terms of what is worth being known (seen, drawn, and made) and where value lies in terms of which lives are made to live and which are meant to let die in the ways that housing is proliferated across the urban domain. This, we hope, may be achieved by paying careful attention to otherwise (unauthorized) cartographies. This work will establish a set of approaches, questions, and themes that will undergird a Fall 2021 design research seminar, ultimately enabling a framework for continued exploration and analysis.

09 December 2020
Ife moderates HOUSE & HOME, a panel discussion between architecturally trained visual artist Amanda Williams and architect, educator, and author, Professor Hansy Better Barraza, joing by BSA+GSAPP members, Malcolm Rio and Skylar Royal, exploring forms of cultural production in which “house” and “home,” mobilized as architectural allegory and material object (“thing,” with its attendant systems of construction, finance, land, and labor), advance and/or refute claims on agency, authorship and normativity.

25 November 2020
Ife joins the faculty at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, teaching the spring 2021 advanced architecture studio vi, guns and butter, alongside visual artist Amanda Williams.

23 September 2020
Ife joins members of the Black Student Alliance at Columbia GSAPP [BSA+GSAPP] moderating and contributing a response to the Black Reconstructive Collective (BRC) presentation response to the queston, What is the Architecture of Reparations? 

23 September 2020
Ife preesnts Nothing Even Matters, a public sharing of ongoing study of Mitchell-Lama houisng, blackness, and the construction of racial differnce at the University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (UMD) for its fall lecture series, “Under Construciton.”

25 July 2020
Ife joins Afican Mobilities curator, Mpho Matsipa and members of the Black Student Alliance at Columbia GSAPP [BSA+GSAPP], including Elleza Kelley (moderator), Farouk Kwaning, Ochuko Okor, and Malcolm Rio, in the roundtable discussion, Surrounds: The City, The University, and Insurgency, to respond to the latest episode of AfricanMobilities 2.0 Podcast on enclosure featuring GSAPP faculty members Justin Garrett Moore and Global Africa Lab co-directors Mabel O. Wilson and Mario Gooden. 

This discussion comes four weeks after the public release of BSA+GSAPP’s statement “On the Futility of Listening,” which addressed a persistent lack of vision, awareness, and imagination from the Dean, faculty and administration of Columbia GSAPP, particularly in response to institutional and anti-black racism within the school. Against the backdrop of two global pandemics—COVID-19 and state-sanctioned anti-black violence—we hope to provide a space to interrogate our position within the university, and elaborate on our call for deliberate, careful, and shared modes of study within the university, and to explore forms of exchange beyond the institution.

05 March 2020

Ife joins a distinguished panel as a juror at the Yale School of Architecture for the midterm review of the Spring 2020 Advanced Studio led by the Diana Balmori Visiting Professor, Walter Hood, CULTURAL DREAMING…..alternative futures for urban renewal memories.

30 September 2019
Ife (Bronx, USA, 1981) is set to contribute Deep Segregation, representing The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of Cooper Union at La Biennale di Venezia, Biennale Architettura 2021, Co-Habitats, alongside Nora Akawi (Israel, 1985), Hayley Eber (South Africa, 1976), Lydia Kallipoliti (Greece, 1976) and Lauren Kogod (USA, 1961) for the collaborative exhibition, Microcosms and Schisms.

03 September 2019
Ife joins the faculty at the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of the Cooper Union as a Visiting Professor, for the 2019-2020 academic year. Fall 2019 Ife teaches the Design II archietcture studio, CHARGED TYPES / SEAMLESS RITUALS / TROUBLED ADJACENCIES, alongside Nima Javidi, Stephanie Lin, and Julian Palacio. Spring 2020, Ife teaches the Design III integrated architecture studio, Urban Housing: The Materiality of Dwelling with Stephen Rustow and Mersiha Veledar. For Spring 2020, Ife is also faculty advisor for the graduate M.Arch II studio, Microcosms and Schisms: How will we live together, advising team, Deep Segregation. View student work at the Cooper Union End of Year Show (EOYS).


2016 
Ife is a New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Artists’ Fellowship recipient in the category of Architecture/Environmental Structures/Design. 

2015 
Ife is an Architectural League of New York-sponsored recipeint of an Independent Project Grant from the New York State Council on the Arts Architecture + Design Program for Working the Middle - A Revival.