Archinect - Features 2017-10-20T21:24:49-04:00 Housing after Debt? A discussion with Alastair Parvin Hannah Wood 2017-10-20T11:28:00-04:00 >2017-10-20T11:28:16-04:00 <img src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>This month Archinect looks closer at our housing economy&mdash;how we commission and produce homes in today&rsquo;s financial climate. This year a <a href="" target="_blank">primary index</a> tracking residential real estate value in major US cities revealed American house prices are now rising at a rate of 5.9% per annum&mdash;a three year high&mdash;significantly outpacing relative income gains. This growth now more than doubles the hourly earnings of the average American, pricing many families out of the market and out of the city. Similar trends can be found across major metropolitan areas in Europe and Asia, fueling acute housing crises such as the well documented situation in London, England. I speak to designer and civic entrepreneur Alastair Parvin of London-based studio <a href="" target="_blank">Architecture 00</a> who, frustrated by a select number of poor quality homes for sale at sensational prices, is now actively looking for ways to reshape the market itself; starting by rethinking the business model.<br></p> Uncovering Undisclosable: A Revealing Sit-Down with the LA-Based Practice Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-10-16T11:55:00-04:00 >2017-10-16T18:15:06-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>I recently visited&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Undisclosable</a>&nbsp;at their office in the Arts District of Los Angeles, where I had the pleasure of meeting the practice's witty and charming founders, Bryan Flaig and Alejandra Lillo. We discussed current projects they are working on, fostering a jovial workplace and the practice's unusual, and often comedic, name!</p> Studio Visits: Allford Hall Monaghan Morris Ellen Hancock 2017-10-13T09:00:00-04:00 >2017-10-11T14:47:32-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Established in 1989 <a href="" target="_blank">AHMM</a>&nbsp;have offices in London, Bristol and Oklahoma City. They are well known for their renovation projects particularly in London including The Barbican, The Tea Building and Scotland Yard. In 2015 they won the prestigious Stirling Prize for their transformation of <a href="" target="_blank">Burntwood School</a>, a 1950s modernist school in Wandsworth. We went to have a look around their London office in Clerkenwell.&nbsp;</p> Working out of the Box: Matt Storus, Architectural Designer Turned Digital Designer Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-10-06T11:48:00-04:00 >2017-10-12T22:22:49-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Working out of the Box</strong></a>&nbsp;is a series of features presenting architects who have applied their architecture backgrounds to alternative career paths.</p> <p>In this installment, we're talking with&nbsp;<strong>Matt Storus</strong>, who is Head of Design for <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, a leading Bitcoin startup. Simply put, is a token-based social network, where one earns digital currency by replying to e-mails and completing tasks like surveys. There, Storus&nbsp;guides the design&nbsp;process from the conceptualization of&nbsp;new features&nbsp;to the final product. We spoke with the designer and former architect about leaving the profession. Our conversation also dives into blockchain&mdash;what is it and how could it be used in the field of architecture.</p> Austin-Based North Arrow Studio Treat Their Business as a Creative Project Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-10-02T13:14:00-04:00 >2017-10-02T13:15:30-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">North Arrow Studio</a>, the architectural practice based in <a href="" target="_blank">Austin, Texas</a>, specializes in modern residential and commercial design that is refined and refreshingly uncomplicated. In this&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshot</a>, we share our conversation with Principal Architect, Francisco Arredondo, and colleagues Blake and Bobbie about running and working at the studio.</p> Studio Visits: Avanti Architects Ellen Hancock 2017-09-25T05:00:00-04:00 >2017-09-25T04:39:07-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>For this <a href="" target="_blank">Studio Visit</a>, we went to see <a href="" target="_blank">Avanti Architects</a> based in Islington. An AJ 100 practice, the studio is well known for it's work in the health, conservation and education sectors. <a href="" target="_blank">Avanti Architects</a> are currently working on plans to restore the Grade A/I listed <a href="" target="_blank">St Peter&rsquo;s Seminary</a> in Cardross.</p> The Founders of NY-based New Affiliates Discuss How Their Love for Arguing Betters Their Work Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-09-18T12:12:00-04:00 >2017-09-18T12:12:57-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">N/A</a>, our latest <a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshot</a>,&nbsp;is a <a href="" target="_blank">New York</a>-based architectural design practice led by Jaffer Kolb and Ivi Diamantopoulou. They are interested in using known forms, techniques and materials in new ways; creating work that is both textured and layered, typical and novel. Current projects of the firm include a house completing this fall, a hotel facade renovation, a cliffside viewing platform, and a collection of design objects.&nbsp;</p> London at the Seoul Biennale Peter Murray 2017-09-18T04:00:00-04:00 >2017-09-18T13:52:35-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>London made good splash at the inaugural&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seoul Biennale</a>&nbsp;of Architecture and Urbanism which opened at the beginning of September in Zaha Hadid's DPP Cultural Centre. Taking one of the Biennale's themes of 'The Productive City' the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London installation</a>&nbsp;showed a film curated by We Made That and director Alice Masters which explored the complex thread of suppliers, from costumiers to scenery makers, that are needed to deliver a production in the Barbican arts centre. The film featured interviews with the artisans, creatives, manufacturers and suppliers, who contribute to London's role as a productive city.</p> Want to land a job at Eskew+Dumez+Ripple? Get to know them first. Archinect 2017-09-08T12:15:00-04:00 >2017-09-11T16:01:04-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">job ad</a>&nbsp;over and over again. However, no two&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">firms</a>&nbsp;are identical and there are particular qualities and red flags that a firm won't always simply list on their job ad. In Archinect's&nbsp;<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> Architecture Firms Tell Us How Marketing Requires an Evolved Set of Social Skills Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-09-06T12:03:00-04:00 >2017-09-06T12:02:10-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Not long ago,&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">marketing</a>&nbsp;for architecture firms primarily relied on word of mouth. Golf games, dinners at country clubs and schmoozing were once a big part of the job description for the person in charge the firm's marketing. The field, however, has shifted dramatically and fraternizing with wealthy elites in the hopes of them becoming one's next client are getting replaced with&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">competition entries</a>, press kits,&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">social media</a>, and&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">branding</a>.&nbsp;</p> The Playful Installations of the Syracuse-based Duo SPORTS Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-09-05T12:07:00-04:00 >2017-09-06T12:33:09-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Meet Greg Corso and Molly Hunker. Together, the two form the Syracuse-based <a href="" target="_blank">SPORTS</a>&mdash;an award-winning design and architecture collaboration. They've recently been named as one of the winners of the&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">2017 Architectural League Prize for Young Architects+Designers</a>, have received a&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">glowing review</a> from architecture critic Blair Kamin, were recipients of a "Best of Design" Award from Architect's Newspaper, and have been highlighted as a "Firm to Watch" by <em>Architectural Record</em>.&nbsp;</p> Beijing-Based Rocker-Turned-Architect Cao Pu Sees Architects as Social Workers Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-08-21T09:30:00-04:00 >2017-08-22T09:48:09-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Originally part of an electric-rock band, Chinese architect&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Cao Pu</a>&nbsp;began his architectural career doing stage design for his musical group. Today, his studio remains small with a focus on conversion and community revival projects and his designs demonstrate a talent for working within small spaces and low budgets.&nbsp;</p> <p>For this week's iteration of&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snaphshots</a>, we talk with the musician-turned-architect about involving clients in his process, designing "in the gap," and architecture as a form of social work.&nbsp;</p> 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 srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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 srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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 srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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 srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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 srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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 srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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 srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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 srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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 srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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 srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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 srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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 srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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 srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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 srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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 srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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 srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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>