Archinect - Features 2017-03-01T13:23:22-05:00 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> Screen Print #50: Rem Koolhaas discusses controversy, collaboration, and cultural revolution in "Happy Tropics" Julia Ingalls 2017-02-22T13:25:00-05:00 >2017-02-22T14:23:01-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="922" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What is the role of an ethically and aesthetically astute architect in a market-driven economy? For Rem Koolhaas, the obstacles of reality shouldn't hinder architects who wish to contribute works that enhance the public realm. In this discussion with <a href="" target="_blank">Michael Schindhelm</a>&nbsp;excerpted from <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Happy Tropics 1</em></a>, Koolhaas explains how by working in Asia, he has not only witnessed the increasing cultural influence of the East versus the West, but also retained his idealism, drive, and desire for collaboration.</p> Small Studio Snapshots: Studio Modh Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-02-20T12:17:00-05:00 >2017-02-21T19:17:35-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="425" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In the words of this week's interviewee, running one's own practice is not for everyone! This gives us all the more reason to take a look inside the small studios that have found a way to make it work.</p><p>This week, we take a look at <a href="" target="_blank">Studio Modh</a>, a Brooklyn-based studio founded by Philip Ryan, formerly of <a href="" target="_blank">Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects</a>.&nbsp;</p> Xeno-Architecture: Radical Spatial Practice and the Politics of Alienation Alison Hugill 2017-02-17T12:46:00-05:00 >2017-02-17T12:46:48-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="373" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Following on from Archinect&rsquo;s <a href="" target="_blank">interview</a> with Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams, authors of the recent book <em>Inventing the Future: Postcapitalism and a World without Work</em>&mdash;wherein the pair discussed the implications of their &lsquo;accelerationist&rsquo; political theory for the field of architecture&mdash;we spoke to a Brussels-based curatorial and research platform that seeks to transpose &lsquo;xenofeminist&rsquo; politics on to considerations of spatial practice. Xenofeminism is a critically updated, queer and gender abolitionist response to accelerationism&rsquo;s political and economic theory, laid out in the manifesto of collective Laboria Cuboniks, <em><a href="" target="_blank">The Xenofeminist Manifesto: A Politics for Alienation</a>.</em></p> "The environment we design, designs us back:" A Conversation with Eran Chen of ODA Julia Ingalls 2017-02-16T12:53:00-05:00 >2017-02-16T12:53:54-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="358" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Founded in 2007 by Eran Chen, <a href="" target="_blank">ODA</a>&rsquo;s distinctive residential projects seem to ripple and blossom in the urban realm. From housing to libraries to mixed-use structures, ODA&rsquo;s design philosophy is both socially inclusive and visually compelling. I spoke to Eran Chen about his ideal city, the challenges behind designing &ldquo;permeable buildings,&rdquo; and what he learned from his dealings with Donald Trump.</p> Contingencies, Complicities and Contradictions: Andrés Jaque Exposes the Processes Behind Architecture Nicholas Korody 2017-02-15T12:20:00-05:00 >2017-02-15T12:21:32-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">Andr&eacute;s Jacque and the Office for Political Innovation</a> have been tasked with renovating CA2M, a museum in central Spain. But, rather than close the building for a few years, they&rsquo;re keeping the museum open during the remodel. In the process, they&rsquo;re making the act of architecture itself&mdash;in all its messiness&mdash;an object on display.</p> The Proust Questionnaire: Thom Mayne Nicholas Korody 2017-02-14T12:06:00-05:00 >2017-02-17T08:28:42-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>You know their buildings&mdash;but how much do you know about the architects themselves? <a href="" target="_blank">The Proust Questionnaire</a> is a new series that gets up close and personal with some of the biggest names in the industry.</p> Brexit Diaries: Chris Williamson, 14 February 2017 Chris Williamson 2017-02-14T05:00:00-05:00 >2017-02-13T17:12:44-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>I am writing this en-route to Australia where we are trying to win our biggest project to date. So I&rsquo;m in a particularly - but not unusual - optimistic mood. I sense more optimism around generally following the PM&rsquo;s long awaited speech spelling out our Brexit aims and also her visit to USA.</p> Small Studio Snapshots: West of West Nicholas Korody 2017-02-13T12:01:00-05:00 >2017-02-22T00:03:21-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="479" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>How can a small studio survive in an industry dominated by huge firms? That's what we're trying to find out with our new, weekly series,&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshots</a>.</p><p>This week, we're talking with <a href="" target="_blank">West of West</a>, a practice based out of Portland and Los Angeles.</p> Small Studio Snapshots: Taller KEN Nicholas Korody 2017-02-06T13:07:00-05:00 >2017-02-06T23:31:59-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="466" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Many young architects dream of one day having their own&mdash;presumably big&mdash;studio. But before you get there, you have to start off small&mdash;and, in the end, you may just want to keep it that way. After all, staying light can help you keep afloat when the going gets tough. And it's easier to assert an individual identity when you're not representing 100+ different designers.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshots</a>&nbsp;is a series that focuses on what it takes to run a small firm. In this week's iteration, we talk to the the New York and Guatemala-based studio,&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Taller KEN</a>.</p> Spatial Activism: Profiling a New Wave of European Architecture Collectives and Their Spatial Manifestos Hannah Wood 2017-02-01T12:05:00-05:00 >2017-02-06T23:31:31-05:00 <img src="" width="625" height="625" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>While there exists an extensive volume of politically engaged architecture projects and countless architects who, particularly in their youth, practiced with explicit agendas, architecture offices have in the main been formed around a signature typology or aesthetic. Consider Zaha Hadid&rsquo;s cultural icons, Christopher Wren&rsquo;s churches or Santiago Calatrava&rsquo;s sculptural engineering: such designers branded their careers upon a signature feature, their trademark image subsequently produced and reproduced in design journals. However, a contingent of young European architects have begun to challenge this custom to instead orient their practice around what might be referred to as the &lsquo;political object&rsquo;. These spatial activists operate from the sidelines as facilitators, utilising design not as an end in itself but as a means to pursue a specific objective.</p> Small Studio Snapshots: Superjacent Nicholas Korody 2017-01-30T12:48:00-05:00 >2017-02-08T18:11:07-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="447" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Archinect's newest series, Small Studio Snapshots, takes a look behind the curtain of small architecture practices. What motivates them? What difficulties do they come across? What are the advantages of keeping trim?&nbsp;</p><p>This week, we're talking to <a href="" target="_blank">Superjacent</a>, an LA-based studio comprised of "landscape protagonists, urban dreamers and strategic thinkers".</p> Designing Realities: Games, Simulations and Architecture—In Conversation with Kazys Varnelis Jochen Hartmann 2017-01-25T12:35:00-05:00 >2017-02-07T00:23:25-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Towards the tail end of an interesting year, a series of articles appeared on Archinect that focused on <a href="" target="_blank">game design</a> and its role in architectural education, inspiring this interview with Kazys Varnelis of the <a href="" target="_blank">Network Architecture Lab</a>.</p> Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects pumps up the volume with "Amplified Urbanism" Julia Ingalls 2017-01-24T13:15:00-05:00 >2017-02-06T23:33:37-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="464" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>According to <a href="" target="_blank">Lorcan O&rsquo;Herlihy Architects</a>&rsquo; new monograph <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Amplified Urbanism</em></a>, not only has Los Angeles arrived as a city with its own idiosyncratic urbanism, but that urbanism deserves bolder, louder expression through architecture.</p> Small Studio Snapshots: MILLIØNS Nicholas Korody 2017-01-23T12:11:00-05:00 >2017-02-06T23:46:40-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="355" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshots</a> is a series that focuses on, well, small studios. It's about the reasons why you might set up your own studio, and the things that may get in your way. Sometimes, it can be tough to be a small fish in a big sea&mdash;but the rewards can also be supersized.</p><p>This week, we're talking to the Los Angeles-based experimental studio <a href="" target="_blank">MILLI&Oslash;NS</a>. Founded in 2011&nbsp;by John May and Zeina Koreitem, both of whom also teach, MILLI&Oslash;NS considers architecture "a speculative medium for exploring the central categories of contemporary life: technology, politics, energy, media, and information."</p> Maryam Eskandari on Weaving Together Her Islamic Faith with Architecture Practice Nicholas Korody 2017-01-18T12:11:00-05:00 >2017-01-23T01:06:34-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Recently, Archinect has been taking a look at the relationship between <a href="" target="_blank">faith</a> and architecture. In this interview, we speak to Maryam Eskandari, Principal of <a href="" target="_blank">MIIM Designs</a> and&nbsp;Adviser in History of Art and Architecture at <a href="" target="_blank">Harvard University</a>. A practicing Muslim, Eskandari views her practice as an extension of her faith&mdash;which means, basically, to make "good architecture" for the 99%.</p> Small Studio Snapshots: Peter Zellner of ZELLNERandCompany Nicholas Korody 2017-01-16T12:15:00-05:00 >2017-01-18T01:12:38-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="503" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Chances are, when you first considered pursuing architecture, you imagined forging your own path. But, of course, the realities of practicing architecture in the 21st century make that easier said than done. Starting your own small practice is no small feat. We&rsquo;re interviewing a variety of different, small-scale practices about the difficulties they&rsquo;ve encountered and the rewards they&rsquo;ve reaped. For this installment, we talk with <a href="" target="_blank">Peter Zellner</a> of <a href="" target="_blank">ZELLNERandCompany</a>, an award-winning design firm based out of Los Angeles.&nbsp;</p> Brexit Diaries: Chris Williamson, 13 January 2017 Chris Williamson 2017-01-13T03:28:00-05:00 >2017-01-18T01:19:06-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>With 2 months to go before Article 50 is enacted we are no nearer knowing what Brexit means.</p><p>Obviously the Government is not likely to reveal details which might undermine their negotiating position but it would be well advised to outline its objectives and strategy. A statement has been promised but is now well overdue.</p> How to Inject Poetry into Architecture: Carme Pinós in Conversation with Orhan Ayyüce Nicholas Korody 2017-01-10T13:28:00-05:00 >2017-02-17T13:16:04-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="538" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Can architecture be both poetic and serve the needs of the people who use it? That&rsquo;s the question that orients this conversation between Orhan Ayyuce and Carme Pin&oacute;s, the award-winning Spanish architect. Conducted at the former home of the famed architect <a href="" target="_blank">Richard Neutra</a>&mdash;what is now the Neutra VDL Studio and Residences&mdash;the discussion was occasioned by a lecture Pin&oacute;s delivered at Cal Poly Pomona, upon her acceptance of the 2016 Neutra Award for Professional Excellence.</p> Small Studio Snapshots: Safura Salek of Mass Studio Nicholas Korody 2017-01-09T12:51:00-05:00 >2017-01-11T11:49:32-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="403" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In this new series, Small Studio Snapshots, we're taking a look at the ups and downs, ins and outs of running a small architecture studio. For this installment, we're talking with Safura Salek of <a href="" target="_blank">MASS STUDIO</a>,&nbsp;a bicoastal design collective based out of New York and Los Angeles. Run by two sisters, their work focuses on developing high-end residential, commercial, and hospitality projects.</p> Michael Rotondi Opens Up About the Faith Propelling His Life and Work Nicholas Korody 2017-01-05T11:05:00-05:00 >2017-01-12T09:32:55-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>"It&rsquo;s a practice rather than a religion, but the practice is essentially living by principles and then meditation," states Michael Rotondi. "It&rsquo;s Buddhism without beliefs, I guess would be a way to look at it."</p> How To Get A Job At: JERDE Archinect 2016-12-12T12:03:00-05:00 >2016-12-12T21:13:03-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The search for employment is unpredictable and demands unrelenting patience. When you're at your wit's end, it can be tempting to send the same exact resume to what feels like the same <a href="" target="_blank">job ad</a> over and over again. However, no two <a href="" target="_blank">firms</a> are identical. Possessing certain technical skills are required across the industry, but there are particular qualities and red flags that a firm won't always simply list in their job ad. In Archinect's <a href="" target="_blank">&ldquo;How to Get a Job at _____&rdquo;</a>, we asked some architecture firms how candidates can stand out from the crowd when applying to their practice.</p> The Architect Behind Noah's Ark Shares How Faith Influences His Practice Nicholas Korody 2016-12-08T12:07:00-05:00 >2017-01-10T14:28:04-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="638" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This month, in line with Archinect&rsquo;s December theme, Faith, we&rsquo;re talking to architects of various faiths about how their spiritual practice figures into their architectural practice. In this iteration, we speak with LeRoy Troyer, the president and chair of Troyer Group. Troyer Group is probably best-known for their project &ldquo;<a href="" target="_blank">Ark Encounter</a>&rdquo;, a full-scale replica of Noah&rsquo;s Ark, built according to plans interpreted from Genesis.</p> Brexit Diaries: Chris Williamson, 23 November 2016 Chris Williamson 2016-11-23T04:20:00-05:00 >2016-11-27T19:43:38-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>When I started to write this monthly update about the impact of the referendum result I thought we would all soon run out of things to say and the 2-3 year process would be tedious. Far from it. This month there have for me been four standout issues.</p> Architecture 2030's Ed Mazria outlines an environmentally-responsible plan for the architecture and design industries Archinect 2016-11-21T13:17:00-05:00 >2016-11-27T20:38:30-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong>A Sleeping Giant Awakens</strong><br>The election of Donald Trump, and <a href="" target="_blank">a hastily composed (and later retracted) post-election statement by the American Institute of Architects </a><a href="" target="_blank">(AIA)</a>, has galvanized the U.S. design community. After much soul-searching prompted by anxiety and anger, architects and our allied design and planning professionals have articulated a vibrant vision for themselves and their profession.</p> Architects Respond to the AIA’s Statement in Support of President-Elect Donald Trump Nicholas Korody 2016-11-14T14:42:00-05:00 >2017-01-20T12:16:04-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="415" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The <a href="" target="_blank">AIA&rsquo;s formal statement</a>, and follow-up, in response to Donald J. Trump&rsquo;s election has elicited outrage within the architecture community. Architects, AIA-members and not, feel that the organization has failed to represent their interests, choosing instead to cooperate with what many equate to a fascist regime, and in so doing has compromised the entire profession. Architects have taken to social media to air their concerns and organize their own responses&mdash;we&rsquo;ll be updating this piece with more statements as the issue evolves,&nbsp;and collecting them all over&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">here</a>. Share your thoughts with us by submitting to the news&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.&nbsp;</p> Learning from 'Learning from Las Vegas': in conversation with Denise Scott Brown, Part 3: Research Nicholas Korody 2016-11-08T12:12:00-05:00 >2016-11-27T21:05:22-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="436" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For the past few months, we&rsquo;ve been publishing parts of <a href="" target="_blank">an extended conversation</a> with <a href="" target="_blank">Denise Scott Brown</a>. In this installment, we delve deeper into our discussion&nbsp;of the pedagogical methods employed in the <em>Learning from Las Vegas</em> studio, and what &lsquo;learning&rsquo; should mean for architects more broadly.</p> Learning from 'Learning from Las Vegas' with Denise Scott Brown, Part 2: Pedagogy Nicholas Korody 2016-10-05T11:59:00-04:00 >2016-10-11T00:26:25-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="528" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>We left off our <a href="" target="_blank">conversation</a> with <a href="" target="_blank">Denise Scott Brown</a> talking about her childhood in South Africa and her early architectural influences. Now, in part 2 of our 3-part series, we discuss the unique pedagogical methods she pioneered alongside her husband, <a href="" target="_blank">Robert Venturi</a>.</p> Working out of the Box: Kwinten Crauwels, architect and music encyclopedist Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-10-04T11:52:00-04:00 >2016-10-11T00:06:04-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="413" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Working out of the Box</strong></a>&nbsp;is a series presenting architects who have applied their architecture backgrounds to alternative career paths.</p><p>In this installment, we're talking with&nbsp;<strong>Kwinten Crauwels</strong>, a Belgian architect, music data visualizer, and aspiring filmmaker.</p><p><em>Are you an architect working out of the box? Do you know of someone that has changed careers and has an interesting story to share? If you would like to suggest an (ex-)architect,&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">please send us a message</a>.</em></p> Frank Gehry, Liz Diller, Rem Koolhaas and Others Share Crucial Moments in Their Education Julia Ingalls 2016-09-30T12:19:00-04:00 >2016-10-11T00:02:04-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What is the role of education in shaping a visionary architect? Several contemporary architects reflect on how the environment, curriculum, and tangential opportunities of their formal learning influenced and shaped their design sensibility.</p>