OOCA (Office of Contingent Affairs) is a platform for architectural research and experimental historiography based in Downtown Los Angeles. We believe that sometimes it is more important to invent new ways of measuring and describing the existing condition than to propose what might replace it. For this reason, we are not only interested in building design, but also installation, performance, and image-making as modes of architectural speculation.
Zachary Tate Porter is the founder and director of OOCA. He holds a PhD in architectural history from the Georgia Institute of Technology, as well as a Bachelor of Arts and Architecture and a Master of Architecture from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Porter was the 2015 - 2016 Design of Theory Fellow at SCI-Arc, where he edited the online journal, Offramp. He currently teaches within the School of Architecture at the University of Southern California.