Archinect - Features 2017-08-19T03:43:27-04:00 Rainville-Sangaré's Background in Industrial Design Gives Their Architecture a Unique Character Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-08-14T12:20:00-04:00 >2017-08-14T12:20:11-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Lambert Rainville and Nicholas Sangar&eacute; founded their Montreal-based eponymous office in 2015. Both with backgrounds in industrial design, their studio transverses scales, designing everything from spoons to commercial spaces. The duo, whom&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">recently won the 2017 Phyllis Lambert Grant</a> given to&nbsp;Qu&eacute;b&eacute;cois architects, designers and creative professionals for exhibiting exceptional quality in their work, reflect on their design practice below.</p> Beard+Riser Interprets Southern Vernacular Architecture With a Modernist Perspective Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-08-07T11:52:00-04:00 >2017-08-11T13:01:03-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="974" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">Mississippi</a> is one of the poorest states in the United States, and isn't known for being a center for architecture, but <a href="" target="_blank">Beard+Riser</a> are doing what they can to mark the state with some amazing architecture. Their work takes inspiration from the Delta's vernacular architectures while making the most of tight budgets. As the firm expands and adds a second office in Oxford, MS, we talk with the founders about growing a small practice in rural Mississippi.</p> A(n) Office conceive of their small architectural studio like a publication Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-07-31T12:00:00-04:00 >2017-08-01T19:34:08-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Mitch McEwen and Marcelo L&oacute;pez-Dinard, of <a href="" target="_blank">A(n) Office</a>, explore the intersection of architecture and exhibition, conceiving their New York and Detroit based studio,&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">A(n) Office</a>,&nbsp;as a publication of sorts.</p> Announcing the winners of Archinect UK Portfolio Competition 2017! Ellen Hancock 2017-07-27T04:09:00-04:00 >2017-07-27T11:08:11-04:00 <img src="" width="5413" height="3537" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Earlier this year, we launched the&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">UK portfolio competition</a>&nbsp;to celebrate and expose the wealth of fantastic work already up on Archinect as well as to encourage individuals not registered to upload and share their work with our global online community.</p> Besler & Sons Tag-Team as They Wrestle with the Challenges of Starting a Small Practice Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-07-24T12:00:00-04:00 >2017-08-01T00:17:55-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Erin Besler is a trained architect with an undergraduate degree from <a href="" target="_blank">Yale</a> and an M.Arch I from <a href="" target="_blank">SCI-Arc</a>. Ian Besler is a graphic designer and arts writer with a B.S in journalism from the <a href="" target="_blank">University of Illinois</a> and an MFA from <a href="" target="_blank">ArtCenter College of Design</a>. Together, the two form the LA-based practice&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Besler &amp; Sons</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>They're known for taking common references, like a gutter, and repositioning it in a new framework, transforming the reference into something more conceptual. In 2015, they&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">won the Architectural League Prize</a> and were finalists in <a href="" target="_blank">MoMA's PS1 Young Architects Program</a>. They have participated in both the <a href="" target="_blank">Chicago Architecture Biennial</a> and the Schenzhen and Hong Kong Bi-City Biennial of Architecture/Urbanism. They recently released a line of terrazzo bookends and other "Props," as the line of home accessories is called.&nbsp;</p> With bright color palettes, Pita and Bloom's work embraces ornament Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-07-19T12:00:00-04:00 >2017-07-18T19:41:44-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Florencia Pita and Jackilin Hah Bloom started their practice back in 2010 after working together for several years at <a href="" target="_blank">SCI-Arc</a> and&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Greg Lynn's Form</a>. Their firm, <a href="" target="_blank">Pita and Bloom</a>, was selected as a finalist in&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">MoMA PS1's YAP competition</a>&nbsp;back in 2014 and the two have been called "female visionaries" by <em>Architecture Magazine</em>. Their work relies heavily on the principles of color theory, the impact of abstraction, and the shock of pop art. With a bright color palette, their designs use&nbsp;collage, pattern, and geometry to create an architecture that embraces ornament.</p> Neeraj Bhatia discusses his transcalar design-research practice, the Open Workshop Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-07-17T11:39:00-04:00 >2017-07-22T12:30:25-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="441" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">The Open Workshop</a> was founded in 2011 and is located across&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">San Francisco</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Toronto</a>, Canada. It is a design-research office working at multiple scales to examine the negotiation between architecture and its territorial environment. Projects include consulting on the redesign of Bruce Mau's office and accolades include <a href="" target="_blank">the Architectural League of New York's 2016 Young Architects Prize</a>.</p> <p>The founder, Neeraj Bhatia, discusses the studio's interdisciplinary approach and remaining undefined as a practice.&nbsp;</p> From LA to Toronto, Batay-Csorba discusses relocating their architecture practice to Canada Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-07-12T12:00:00-04:00 >2017-07-11T20:25:31-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="481" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>After working for <a href="" target="_blank">Morphosis</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Frank Gehry</a> in Los Angeles, Jodi and Andrew packed up their bags and moved to&nbsp;Canada to start their own firm, <a href="" target="_blank">Batay-Csorba Architects</a>. The two discuss their decision to relocate and the process of establishing themselves as a young practice in&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Toronto</a>.</p> STITCH design shop embraces North Carolina's rich history of progressive architecture Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-07-10T12:00:00-04:00 >2017-07-10T17:05:34-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="492" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For this iteration of <a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshots</a>, we are venturing to North Carolina to talk with <a href="" target="_blank">STITCH design shop</a> about what it is like to grow an architectural practice in a small city. Read on to hear how the team of seven is making a name for themselves in Winston-Salem, the city of Art and Innovation.</p> How Pedro&Juana Went from Working for Artist Jorge Pardo to Launching their Small Studio Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-07-03T12:30:00-04:00 >2017-07-03T12:44:17-04:00 <img src="" width="640" height="480" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>We first met <a href="" target="_blank">Pedro&amp;Juana</a> at the 2015 <a href="" target="_blank">Chicago Architectural Biennial</a>, where we hosted the second <a href="" target="_blank">Next Up</a> inside a relaxed forum space they designed in the lobby of the Chicago Cultural Center.&nbsp;For today's <a href="" target="_blank">Small&nbsp;Studio Snapshot</a>, we're catching up with the Mexico City-based practice.</p> Designing from the land up: an interview with Wittman Estes Architecture + Landscape Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-06-26T09:00:00-04:00 >2017-06-26T21:33:52-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>When Matt Wittman and Jody Estes founded their Seattle-based practice, Wittman Estes Architecture + Landscape in 2012, they saw a space in the market for an integrated practice that brought indoor and outdoor space together as one whole. For this Monday's <a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshot</a>, we talk with the duo about their love of nature, getting clients to allocate funds for landscape, and their goals for the future.</p> This small Ann Arbor Studio shows us how to work as a T+E+A+M Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-06-19T12:10:00-04:00 >2017-06-19T12:10:20-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">T+E+A+M</a>&nbsp;is comprised of four professors based&nbsp;out of the <a href="" target="_blank">Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning in Ann Arbor</a>. All holding principal positions within the small practice, this structure is quite unusual for a firm of their size. As they currently complete their <a href="" target="_blank">residency at the Ragdale Foundation</a>, we catch up with the quartet to discuss how they manage creative production with so many principals.&nbsp;</p> Brexit Diaries: Neven Sidor of Grimshaw, 19 June 2017 Neven Sidor 2017-06-19T04:00:00-04:00 >2017-06-16T14:26:42-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>&ldquo;They need us more than we need them&rdquo;. My blood boils when I hear this delusional nonsense repeated by politicians who should know better. It doesn&rsquo;t matter how many cars Audi, Mercedes, Porsche and BMW sell into the UK, they sell a hell of a lot more to the rest of the world, and let&rsquo;s not forget that 44.6% of our trade is with the EU. The Brexit negotiations will dispel some of these fantasies and highlight our reduced place in the world. The UK will be poorer, smaller and, I fear, meaner.</p> Small Studio Snapshots: Studioshaw Ellen Hancock 2017-05-29T04:00:00-04:00 >2017-06-07T16:01:05-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshots</a>&nbsp;is a new, weekly series&nbsp;in which we investigate the ins and outs of running a small architecture practice.</p><p>This week, we're talking with <a href="" target="_blank">Studioshaw</a>, a practice set up in 2016 based in Shoreditch, London.&nbsp;</p> Brexit Diaries: Chris Williamson, 26 May 2017 Chris Williamson 2017-05-26T04:00:00-04:00 >2017-05-25T17:24:39-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>An eventful month indeed. Theresa May took everyone by surprise by announcing an election. I still can&rsquo;t understand why the opposition didn&rsquo;t table an amendment to have the election later &ndash; say in September &ndash;&nbsp;to give them time to get their act together whilst not appearing to be running scared</p> Architecture in the world of DIY: an interview with Weather Projects Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-05-22T12:07:00-04:00 >2017-05-30T23:11:24-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">Weather Projects</a> was founded in 2012 by Shannon Han and Hunter Knight who wanted to flush out their own ideas after respective stints at SHoP and Morphosis. We talked with the two about working in Los Angeles, the general population's growing interest in design, and having stake in one's own projects. This week's <a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio</a>&nbsp;also happens to be hiring! Check out their listing <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> GoCStudio, a Small Studio in Seattle, Shares Some Secrets for Starting From Scratch Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-05-08T09:00:00-04:00 >2017-05-08T00:06:59-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This week on <a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshots</a>, we sit down with the Seattle-based practice&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">goCStudio</a>, founded by Jon Gentry and Aim&eacute;e O&rsquo;Carroll in 2012. The team fills us in on how being a small business allows them to create close relationships whether it be with a client, a craftsman, or the photographer of their next project.</p> From Architecture to Marijuana Edibles, Christine Smith is Working out of the Box Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-05-03T12:29:00-04:00 >2017-05-04T13:04:47-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In 2015, Oregon joined Colorado, Washington and Alaska in being one of a handful of states to legalize the use of recreational marijuana. Along for the ride was Christine Smith, founder of <a href="" target="_blank">Gr&ouml;n</a>, a cannabis-infused fair trade chocolate company.</p><p>For this installment of <a href="" target="_blank">Working out of the Box</a>, our series on architects with alternative career paths, we talk with the architect-turned-weed-chocolatier about her transition into the burgeoning marijuana industry and how her architectural prowess allowed her to sail right through the growing (no pun intended!) industry.</p> Why we're starting a print magazine after 20 years of publishing digitally Paul Petrunia 2017-05-02T15:31:00-04:00 >2017-05-03T01:56:30-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="418" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>When I started Archinect 20 years ago, in the summer of 1997, the internet was still many years away from becoming a replacement for newspapers and magazines. Since then, the media landscape has changed drastically, with most print publications now dedicating the majority of their time and budget to their digital platforms. Today we consume media in a different way than we have ever done in the past, for better or worse. We expect more content, with higher quality, but human nature tends to give in to the quick and gratifying. Journalism has struggled to monetize quality investigations and writing as sites like Buzzfeed have proven that listicles, fun photos, and quick content bites offer a much greater return in dollars and followers.</p> May Day: a Round-Up of Articles on Working Conditions and Labor in Architecture Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-05-01T20:41:00-04:00 >2017-05-04T13:38:23-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="479" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>While most of us might be spending our May Day in the office, that doesn't mean we can't take the occasion to discuss issues surrounding working conditions in the field.&nbsp;</p> How 3 Architecture Firms Are Using Showreels to Present and Promote Their Work Julia Ingalls 2017-04-27T11:43:00-04:00 >2017-04-28T17:08:31-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="370" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For a director or actor, putting together a showreel&mdash;a short video of spliced footage&mdash;is the first step in securing a gig. One may think of it as a cinematic portfolio: the means by which one presents work to the world of one's profession when the work is in motion. It might seem redundant, then, for an architect to have one too.&nbsp;After all, buildings are, by and large, static objects&mdash;and drawings, plans, photos and renderings can tell a lot. But, for those architects that do attempt to encapsulate their portfolio with real, edited footage&mdash;usually in combination with either voice-over or text statements&mdash;the rewards can be great. Not only does it make their work very accessible, it's also a bit of a control freak&rsquo;s dream: the narrative of the practice is orchestrated, down to the millisecond.</p> From Bjarke Ingels to Kengo Kuma, Ian Gillespie is a Developer that Appreciates the Value of Architecture Nicholas Korody 2017-04-26T12:12:00-04:00 >2017-04-26T20:59:01-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Making the leap from paper to brick and mortar (or from the screen to IRL) tends to require a fair amount of financial support. Back in the old days, that would mean a wealthy patron like a Medici or a Guggenheim. And today&mdash;well, it also usually means a wealthy patron. For big projects, like a <a href="" target="_blank">BIG</a> tower, they&rsquo;re often developers. But, as every architect knows, few developers actually support innovative design. Enter someone like Ian Gillespie, the founder of <a href="" target="_blank">Westbank</a> and the backer of many significant projects by major architects, from <a href="" target="_blank">Bjarke Ingels</a> to <a href="" target="_blank">Kengo Kuma</a>.</p> Talking Intra-Office Communication with LADG Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-04-17T12:22:00-04:00 >2017-04-17T12:22:37-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Founded in 2004 by principals Claus Benjamin Freyinger and Andrew Holder,&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">the Los Angeles Design Group</a>&nbsp;straddles the line between being a service-oriented firm dedicated to building real projects and an experimental laboratory.&nbsp;</p><p>This week on&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshots</a>, we talk with the partners about intra-office communication, the proverbial grandma's closet, and the difficulties in teaching methods of experimentation.&nbsp;</p> Studio Visits : Studio WOK, Milan 6th April 2017 Ellen Hancock 2017-04-11T03:57:00-04:00 >2017-04-11T06:02:01-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="660" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>While exploring the streets of Milan for Design Week we took the opportunity to visit local architecture practice, <a href="" target="_blank">Studio WOK</a>. They showed us around their studio, talked us through past and present projects as well giving us a few hot tips for Milan.&nbsp;</p> Trying Something New with Matter Design Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-04-10T09:00:00-04:00 >2017-04-10T14:21:26-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="406" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This week on,&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshots</a>, we talk with Brandon Clifford and Wes McGee of <a href="" target="_blank">Matter Design</a>&nbsp;- an interdisciplinary studio founded in 2008. Recent finalists of the <a href="" target="_blank">2017 AZ Awards</a>, the duo discuss their love of taking on experimental projects, merging the design and making process, and even give us a little background on the history of the architecture studio.</p> Keeping control by staying small with STAT Architecture Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-04-03T12:21:00-04:00 >2017-04-03T12:21:31-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This week on <a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshots</a>, we talk with the founder of&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">STAT Architecture</a>, a New York City-based firm specializing in residential and mixed-use projects, who was motived by a desire to have true ownership over her work. And while the firm might be planning on staying small, they are currently&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">looking to add</a> a few more members to their team!</p> Brexit Diaries: Chris Williamson, 20 March 2017 Chris Williamson 2017-03-20T07:25:00-04:00 >2017-03-22T19:50:39-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>I am writing&nbsp;this month's&nbsp;Brexit Blog at MIPIM, the annual international property conference. The bill to leave received Royal Assent during the week with ironic timing. MIPIM is a good opportunity to find out about the real drivers of the property market and study changes&nbsp;post referendum.</p> Small Studio Snapshots: 31/44 Architects Ellen Hancock 2017-03-13T12:13:00-04:00 >2017-03-15T17:59:01-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshots</a>&nbsp;is a new, weekly series&nbsp;in which we investigate the ins and outs of running a small architecture practice.</p><p>This week, we're talking with <a href="" target="_blank">31/44 Architects</a>, a practice with studios in both Amsterdam and London established in 2010. &nbsp;</p> Screen/Print #52: Getting Rid of Shelf Life May Radically Alter the Urban Realm Julia Ingalls 2017-03-10T11:30:00-05:00 >2017-03-13T13:35:26-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="914" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Is the eradication of shelf life in commercial storage processes creating an urban infrastructure that ultimately only serves corporate interests? In this essay by Clare Lyster, the potential society-changing effects of how items are purchased, shipped, and processed are examined on a macroscopic level.&nbsp;</p> Small Studio Snapshots: Kirkwood McCarthy Ellen Hancock 2017-02-27T12:09:00-05:00 >2017-02-28T21:35:37-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshots</a>&nbsp;is a new, weekly series&nbsp;in which we investigate the ins and outs of running a small architecture practice.</p><p>This week, we're talking with&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Kirkwood McCarthy</a>, a <a href="" target="_blank">London</a>-based architecture and design studio established in 2013 by Fiona Kirkwood and Sophie McCarthy. Known for working on constrained and often overlooked sites, the two discuss how opportunity and creativity can arise during even the most trying times.</p>