3 Questions with Ginger Krieg Dosier
Designer and materials scientist Ginger Krieg Dosier on experimenting, childhood memories, and maintaining a sense of wonder.
3 QUESTIONS is a series of brief, three-question interviews with PNCA’s visiting artists and lecturers. Each year, PNCA attracts innovative, thoughtful, and creative makers and thinkers who share our belief in the transformative power of creativity. In three short answers to three short questions, these artists offer perspectives on career, motivation, and transformation. When available, we include links to audio recordings, transcripts, slideshows, or video.
“Always maintain a sense of wonder.”
What advice would you offer current students about to embark on a career in the arts?
My advice is to always maintain a sense of wonder in your phenomenal and physical world. Wonderment is a means of grounding your intentions in your career path as you seek to find your personal work life balance. For me, work/life balance have become one as I have begun to commercialize my work. In this experience, what was once separated has blended and I have achieved a fuller sense of contribution.
How do you maintain your creative practice? What keeps you motivated and engaged?
I continue to draw, create, and physically experiment. My work as a CEO has my schedule full of fiduciary responsibilities and a reprieve into creating and making with my hands opens my mind to absorb more of the world around me. I am highly motivated to see the fruits of my commercialization efforts. For me it is a full time 100% on engagement.
Could you describe a moment or experience that profoundly changed the nature of your work?
Definitive moments for my work have occurred numerous times throughout my career. I recall one particular moment as child studying a sea shell. This was the first inspiration to grow materials with structural integrity in ambient temperatures. Other moments have crystallized with words from authors such as Janine Benyus and William McDonough. A trip to an aquarium or geological museum is a way to remember those moments as a child filled with wonderment.
GINGER KRIEG DOSIER holds a Master of Architecture (2005) from the Cranbrook Academy of Art and a Bachelor of Interior Design (2000) from the Auburn University College of Architecture, Design and Construction. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Architecture at the American University of Sharjah College of Architecture, Art and Design, United Arab Emirates. Prior to arriving at AUS in 2007, Dosier was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the North Carolina State University College of Design. In 2012, Dosier founded bioMASON, a unique biotechnology start-up manufacturing company that employs natural microorganisms and chemical processes to manufacture biological cement-based masonry building materials with the aim of revolutionizing the building and construction industry. A bioMASON brick is “grown,” not “fired.” Over the past eight years she has devoted research in the choreography of materiality with an environmental focus, engaging in co-research forums and cross-disciplinary collaboration; seeking a scientific understanding of the properties of material in relation to architectural performance.