Conversation: Rick Joy and Claudia Kappl Joy <br> MOCA Tucson’s 2022 Gala Honorees

Conversation: Rick Joy and Claudia Kappl Joy
MOCA Tucson’s 2022 Gala Honorees

April 14, 2022 6:00 PM -

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Admission: $10 | Free for MOCA Members

As we prepare to honor award-winning architect Rick Joy and lighting and interior designer Claudia Kappl Joy at our 2022 MOCA Gala, join us at MOCA on April 14th for an intimate conversation with the two designers as they discuss their decades-long practice alongside Andrew Brown, Arts & Culture Producer, Arizona Public Media, and Laura Copelin, Curator-at-Large, MOCA Tucson.

Rick Joy and Claudia Kappl Joy are visionaries in their field, known for architectural projects that profoundly connect site and natural surroundings and that deeply respect culture of place. The two are longtime supporters of the Museum’s mission and are now leaders in the effort to revitalize MOCA Tucson’s exhibition and gathering spaces, which serve as a vital and growing platform for contemporary art in the Sonoran Desert region.


About the 2022 MOCA Gala

The 2022 MOCA Gala will be held at MOCA Tucson’s repurposed firehouse at 265 S Church Avenue on Saturday, April 23rd. The event will feature a silent auction, dinner, program, and dancing under the stars. All Gala proceeds directly sustain a full year of dynamic programs centered on MOCA’s mission to inspire new ways of thinking through the cultivation, exhibition, and interpretation of contemporary art. Tickets to the Gala are available here.


About Rick Joy

Rick Joy, FAIA, Int. FRIBA, is the founder and principal of Studio Rick Joy, established in 1993 as Rick Joy Architects and located in downtown Tucson’s Barrio Viejo historic neighborhood. Joy graduated from the University of Arizona School of Architecture and has made Tucson his home for the past 30 plus years. Regarded as an important contributor to the ongoing global discourse on conceptual and sustainable architecture, Joy’s work expresses innovation and exactitude in modernism and reflects a unique sense of place. ⁠Joy received the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Architecture in 2002 and the prestigious National Design Award from the Smithsonian Institute/Cooper-Hewitt Museum in 2004. In 2015, he was vested into the American Institute of Architects’ College of Fellows and the Royal Institute of British Architects’ International College of Fellows, and in 2019 was inducted into the Interior Design Hall of Fame in a Javits Center event. He lectures internationally and periodically serves as visiting professor at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, Rice University, M.I.T., Arizona State University, and the University of Arizona. Joy has been a longtime supporter of MOCA Tucson.

Studio Rick Joy
Instagram: @studiorickjoy


About Claudia Kappl Joy

Claudia Kappl Joy, CLD, IALD, MIES, WKO, is the co-founder (with partner Rick Joy) of the lighting design consultancy studio, CLL – Concept Lighting Lab, LLC, where she serves as creative and managing director. Kappl Joy’s fascination with the ephemeral quality of light and its essential role when creating moving atmospheric space is at the base of her design approach and interest.⁠ At CLL, Kappl Joy oversees all projects, from large-scale master planning and civic plaza lighting projects to high-end residential designs and art lighting. As a recognized Certified Lighting Designer with 16 years of experience, Kappl Joy has expertise in concept design, design development, and integrated modeling. She is a Senior Advisor at Studio Rick Joy and an Ambassador at MOCA Tucson. She has lived and worked in Austria, the United Kingdom, Sweden, and, since 2007, has called Tucson her work and home-base.

CLL – Concept Lighting Lab
Instagram: @studio_cll


Image credit: Princeton Transit Hall & Market, 2018. Photograph by Jeff Goldberg.