T.J. Bogan was born and raised in Marietta, GA, playing on the rivers and the ivory. He left the Chattahoochee for the Mississippi just prior to Katrina's landfall and earned his M.Arch from Tulane University, School of Architecture in 2011. New Orleans taught him how space, story, and neighborhood are interdependent. Participating in the URBANbuild studio, partnered with Make It Right, he and his peers tested new sustainable methods and materials through the construction of affordable housing in the Lower Ninth Ward. In 2011, T.J. was awarded a fellowship for travel to Vietnam to study the floating markets of the Mekong River delta. There, he observed an intricately choreographed layering of natural and built infrastructure and a culture of multifaceted characters. Throughout his studies, T.J. collaborated with local ensemble theater to design and construct innovative sets for imaginative new work. Consequently, his graduate thesis addressed street theater and its propensity toward mapping, identifying, activating and exploiting patterns of movement and habitation in search of a stage. Most recently having worked on the rehabilitation and reprogramming of a historic landmark building in Manhattan, T.J. is becoming aware of the politics of space and is excited to contribute to a critical practice.