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Aaron Plewke is an architect, designer, and editor living in Brooklyn, New York. Aaron currently works at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) as a Design Architect in the New York office’s Education Lab and Transportation Studio. Recent projects include the Municipal Arts Society’s New Vision for Penn Station and the Next Madison Square Garden, The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey’s LaGuardia Airport Central Terminal Building and Campus Redevelopment Program, and the Cornell NYC Tech Campus Master Plan for Roosevelt Island.
Aaron’s work at SOM has been published extensively, including features in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Wired, New York Observer, Fast Company, Bloomberg Businessweek, Crain’s, Architect Magazine, Architectural Record, and in numerous online publications. His independent work has been exhibited internationally, including at the Musée Elysée in Lauzanne, Switzerland and at the Cattle Depot Artist Village in Kowloon, Hong Kong.
Parallel to professional practice, Aaron has pursued an interest in Architectural Broadcasting. From 2007-2011 he served as Senior Editor for Archinect.com, creating several pieces of original feature content, including interviews with Philippe Rahm, Lyn Rice, Jeffrey Inaba, Gavin Browning, and others. Aaron’s other work for Archinect included organizing a grassroots campaign and ideas competition that succeeded in saving Marcel Breuer’s Grosse Pointe Central Library—a prime example of contextually sensitive mid-century modernism—from impending demolition. Aaron has also edited print publications, including an award-winning issue of Architrave.
Aaron received a Master of Architecture with Distinction from Washington University in St. Louis, where he was a Danforth Scholar, and recipient of the AIA Henry Adams Certificate of Merit and the Carmon Colangelo Summer Travel Fellowship. He has studied architecture and design internationally, spending semesters at John Cabot University in Rome, The Danish Institute for Study Abroad in Copenhagen, the University of Florida’s East Asia Studio in Hong Kong, and the Vicenza Institute of Architecture.
Aaron's School Blog on Archinect:
The Extraordinary vs. the Everyday Catastrophe: Part 3, Sun, Sep 12 '10
The Extraordinary vs. the Everyday Catastrophe: Part 2, Fri, Sep 10 '10
The Extraordinary vs. the Everyday Catastrophe: Part 1, Tue, Sep 7 '10
Sunday August 29th marked the 5th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s landfall in Louisiana. On April 20th of this year, an explosion on Deepwater Horizon – an oil drilling rig stationed near Louisiana – killed 11 crew-members, and set off the largest offshore oil spill in the history of the ...
Philippe Rahm: Part 2, Wed, Mar 10 '10
In this two-part feature Archinect's Aaron Plewke chats with Philippe Rahm. This second half of the interview discusses Rahm's work and how it relates to food, astronomy, environment and thermodynamics.
Philippe Rahm: Part 1, Mon, Mar 8 '10
Philippe Rahm, born in 1967 studied at the Federal Polytechnic Schools of Lausanne and Zurich. He obtained his architectural degree in 1993 and currently works in Paris, France and Lausanne, Switzerland. In 2002, he was chosen to represent Switzerland at the 8th Architecture Biennale in Venice ...
Urban China, Crisis, and the Bootlegging of a Magazine , Mon, Jun 22 '09
Founded in 2005, Urban China is the only magazine devoted to issues of urbanism published in and about China. In addition to offices in Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou, the magazine has a network of correspondents and collaborators around the world who work under the guidance of its ...
3 Questions for 8 Emerging Voices, Wed, May 6 '09
The Architectural League created the annual Emerging Voices lecture series in 1982 to recognize and encourage architects who are beginning to achieve prominence in the profession. The series focuses primarily on built work, at a variety of scales, and is structured to reflect the diversity of ...
UpStarts: Lyn Rice Architects, Mon, Sep 29 '08
The one thing you will not find in school--or even on Architecture Registration Exams--is a course on how to get work, yet it is one of the most basic needs of any design practice. In fact, if you don't have an equal ability to experiment in getting work as you do in doing work you would be ...
Archinect Reviews: Design and the Elastic Mind, Thu, May 22 '08
In the past few decades, individuals have experienced dramatic changes in some of the most established dimensions of human life: time, space, matter, and individuality. Working across several time zones, traveling with relative ease between satellite maps and nanoscale images, gleefully drowning ...
A Refreshing Detour Team Konyk, Winners of LVHRD ARCH DL IV, Sun, Feb 24 '08
Grosse Pointe Central Library: Efforts Toward Conservation, Tue, May 15 '07
Virtual Activism , Tue, Mar 27 '07
Virtual Activism is the first episode of a 3-part mini-series created by the Modern Architecture Protection Agency (mapa). Upcoming episodes will include a gallery of submissions from the SAVE ME! Design Charrette, background information on the Grosse Pointe Central Library and Marcel Breuer ...
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM), New York, NY, US, Architect / Designer
Residential / Mixed-Use Tower - Mexico City, MX
A New Vision for Penn Station and the Next Madison Square Garden (MAS) - New York, NY
LGA Central Terminal Building and Campus Redevelopment - Queens, NY
Cornell NYC Tech Campus Master Plan - Roosevelt Island, New York, NY
Cornell NYC Tech First Academic Building (competition) - Roosevelt Island, NY
Horace Mann School Student Center, Natatorium, and Science Building - Bronx, NY
Boston South Station Redevelopment - Boston, MA
Archinect, Senior Editor
The Extraordinary vs. the Everyday Catastrophe (published 9/2010)
Archinect Interviews: Philippe Rahm (3/2010)
Urban China, Crisis, and the Bootlegging of a Magazine (6/2009)
3 Questions for 8 Emerging Voices (5/2009)
UpStarts: Lyn Rice Architects (9/2008)
Archinect Reviews: Design and the Elastic Mind (5/2008)
A Refreshing Detour (2/2008)
Grosse Pointe Central Library: Efforts Toward Conservation (5/2007)
Virtual Activism (3/2007)
klein plewke design partnership, Partner
WUSTL Asian Studies Center - Shanghai, China (2011)
School of Design Distinguished Alumni Wall - St. Louis, Missouri (2011)
School of Design Administrative Offices - St. Louis, Missouri (2010)
Suburban House - Jupiter Farms, Florida (2009)
NYCityRacks Competition, with Thomas Kosbau of ORE (2008)
Lower East Side Art Gallery - New York City, New York (2008)
Grosse Pointe Central LIbrary Competition - Grosse Pointe, Michigan (2007)
Maritime Museum and Park Competition - Jacksonville, Florida (2006)
Mckean Architecture, Junior Architect
Private Townhouse - Upper East Side, Manhattan, NY
Country House - Lomontville, NY
Facade Replacement and Retail Renovation - Soho, Manhattan, NY
Gresham, Smith & Partners, Project Designer
Williams YMCA, Fitness Center Addition and Renovation - Jacksonville, FL
Yates YMCA, Site Feasibility and Concept Study - Jacksonville, FL
Citrus Memorial Hospital, Patient Tower and Emergency Department - Citrus, FL
Dolphin Reef, Community Master Plan - Jacksonville, FL
Washington University in St. Louis, MArch, Master of Architecture
University of Florida, Bachelors, Bachelor of Design
University of Central Florida, Associate of Arts
Each year The American Institute of Architects awards an engraved medal and certificate of merit to the top-ranking graduating student in each architecture program accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (or CACB for Canadian schools). A certificate of merit is awarded to the second-ranking graduating student. These awards are provided as part of the AIA Scholarship Program.
Frederick Widmann Prize, Nomination
This award is given in honor of Frederick Widmann, architect and philanthropist, and honors students who have shown high levels of academic achievement and design ability.
Hugh Ferriss Award for Architectural Drawing, Nomination
This annual award honors Hugh Ferriss, distinguished architect and renderer,WUSTL class of 1911 and Hon. MArch 1928. This award is given to a student who has excelled in architectural drawing in any medium.
Dean's Summer Travel Fellowship, Grant
Danforth Scholar, Scholarship
The Danforth Scholars Program at Washington University in St. Louis honors the student who embraces high ideals, whose life choices are guided by personal integrity, selflessness, a commitment to community, and a dedication to leadership and academic excellence.