OBRA Architects was founded by Pablo Castro and Jennifer Lee in 2000 in New York City. The projects undertaken by OBRA Architects span a wide range of programs and sizes yet consistently seek to evoke invention and interest through explorations of material, structure, site and experience. Their practice and their work seek to challenge and expand the range of metaphors in which architecture finds its meaning. OBRA considers each and every project to be intimately bound to its surroundings, extending afield into site and landscape the conceptual understanding of the architectural work. As a result many proposals and built works include outdoor components and integration into the natural or urban landscape.
The work of OBRA has been exhibited widely, and has been featured at the National Art Museum of China, the Museum of Modern Art, PS1 Contemporary Art Center, Rhode Island School of Design, the Chicago Athenaeum, and the Center for Architecture, New York, among others. OBRA Architects was named one of 2005 Emerging Voices by the Architectural League of New York and was the winner of the 2006 PS1/MoMA Young Architects Program competition. OBRA has lectured across the globe, at the Museum of Modern Art, the Universidad de Chile, Instituto di Tella, Argentina, at universities throughout the United States, as well as at Tsinghua University and the Central Academy of Fine Art in Beijing. Some examples of their work can be viewed at www.obraarchitects.com.