Archinect - Features 2018-09-20T16:49:16-04:00 Emerging Firm Farouki Farouki Taps Into New Orleans' Vibrant Restaurant and Hospitality Scene Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-09-17T14:40:00-04:00 >2018-09-19T10:19:20-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>With its thriving restaurant and hospitality scene, <a href="" target="_blank">New Orleans</a> was the perfect place for husband-and-wife team <a href="" target="_blank">Farouki Farouki</a>&nbsp;to set up their full-service architecture and interior design practice.&nbsp;Since its recent founding, Caroline, with a background in interior design, and Sabri, whose CV includes stints at BIG and DS+R, have made their mark on the historic yet continuously emerging city with a variety of interior projects that have tapped into the influx of new restaurants, shops,&nbsp;and landmarks opening their doors. Here, the two talk about their <a href="" target="_blank">expanding practice</a>.</p> Melbourne's OOF! Architecture Isn't Afraid of Experimenting in Historic Neighborhoods Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-09-10T11:39:00-04:00 >2018-09-10T11:39:49-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>For a relatively young practice, <a href="" target="_blank">OOF! Architecture</a>&nbsp;has impressively produced two of the most recognized residential projects to come out of Australia in the past few years. Working in heritage dense areas, particularly tricky renovations with tight constraints and tight budgets &mdash;such as their <a href="" target="_blank">Hello House</a>, a renovated two-bedroom Victorian-era home, and their <a href="" target="_blank">Acute House</a>, a renovation of an extremely decrepit, weatherboard cottage&mdash;are typical projects for the Melbourne-based studio.</p> <p>Outside of the office, founder Fooi-Ling Khoo also serves on the board of directors at&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">ArchiTeam</a>,&nbsp;a cooperative organization&nbsp;for Australian architects working in small, medium and emerging practices. Here, Khoo talks about the firm's work and her role championing the&nbsp;voice of Australia&rsquo;s small architectural practices.&nbsp;</p> Australian firm Breathe Architecture is Changing the Way Residential Development is Done Down Under Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-09-05T09:00:00-04:00 >2018-09-06T08:58:40-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>With a promise that every project would have fresh air and windows in each room, Jeremy McLeod founded the Melbourne-based practice <a href="" target="_blank">Breathe Architecture</a> almost twenty years ago. Since, the firm has been applying their concept of environmentally and socially sustainable urban design to a range of commercial and residential projects. More recently, McLeod and his team have begun cultivating their own housing projects, changing the model for multi-residential development in&nbsp;Australia. Frustrated with the way architecture was being dictated by developers, market forces, and financial structures, they started the <a href="" target="_blank">Nightingale Housing</a> movement to support, promote and advocate for high-quality housing that is environmentally sustainable, financially affordable, and socially inclusive.</p> <p>Here, we talk with Lola Digby-Diercks, the Business Development Lead at Breathe Architecture and Nightingale, about the firm's innovative practices and the differences they are making within residential develo...</p> Founded by a Designer and an Architect/Chef, Hong Kong-based Studio openUU has an Unconventional Origin Story Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-08-27T09:00:00-04:00 >2018-08-24T19:10:51-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">openUU</a>&mdash;pronounced&nbsp;"open you, you"&mdash;is a small design practice led by <a href="" target="_blank">Kevin Lim and Caroline Chou</a>, who, having both spent time growing up in Asia and the United States, decided to go to Hong Kong to establish their firm in 2011. Kevin (who is the son of artist and architect <a href="" target="_blank">William Lim</a>) is a trained architect and chef with degrees from both <a href="" target="_blank">Cornell</a> and Le Cordon Bleu. Caroline, on the other hand, is an award-winning interior designer with an M.Arch from the&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Rhode Island School of Design</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>Together, the two have combined their expertise to focus on space conversions and the Food &amp; Beverage industry; their roster of projects includes mall renovations, warehouse transformations, art and light installations, traveling pop-up libraries and even their own restaurant, Mean Noodles, which the couple own and operate.&nbsp;</p> As Principal of a Small Firm, Founder of Synthesis Design + Architecture Alvin Huang Says You Always Have to be Hunting Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-08-20T13:31:00-04:00 >2018-08-20T14:07:28-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>"As a design research practice we leverage technology as an avenue to challenge convention and imagine alternatives" says <a href="" target="_blank">Alvin Huang</a>, founder of the firm <a href="" target="_blank">Synthesis Design + Architecture</a>. Started in 2011, Huang began his practice after gaining significant experience working for prestigious firms such as <a href="" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid Architects</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">AL_A</a>. Blending applied research with exploratory practice, the young practice has completed commissions ranging from a <a href="" target="_blank">huge shopping centre in Bangkok</a> to a <a href="" target="_blank">rapidly deployable solar-powered charging station for a new, alternative-fuel Volvo</a>.</p> <p>Here, Huang talks about taking the gamble to start his own practice, shares some advice from his mentors, and spills some strategy on how to maximize the size of the firm.&nbsp;</p> From Conceptual Works to Residential Projects, Seattle-based RHA Explores Architecture Beyond the Conventional Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-08-13T12:49:00-04:00 >2018-08-14T20:06:29-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>From a House for a Mother &amp; Daughter featuring a gable roof to allegorical works of architecture exploring&nbsp;themes of memory and loss, <a href="" target="_blank">Robert Hutchison Architecture</a>&nbsp;has emerged as a recognizable and unique voice. Designing contemporary works of various types and sizes, the Seattle-based firm fuses&nbsp;pragmatic solutions with poetic&nbsp;sensibilities earning them wide recognition for their many evocative projects.</p> <p>For this week's <a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshot</a>, we talk with Hutchison about his research as a <a href="" target="_blank">Rome Prize</a> fellow, the firm's studio culture, and their bi-monthly event &lsquo;rhaRIFFS'.</p> After Co-Founding a Practice Back in 2003, Jeffrey L. Day Breaks Out on His Own to Start Another, the New Omaha-Based Firm Actual Architecture Co. Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-08-06T14:38:00-04:00 >2018-08-06T14:38:55-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Back in 2003, Jeffrey L. Day and E.B. Min joined forces to start the split location firm, <a href="" target="_blank">Min | Day</a>. After a successful 15-year run completing a range of&nbsp;vivid, calculated and pristine projects, and garnering numerous awards for them&mdash;including the Architectural League of New York&rsquo;s <a href="" target="_blank">2016 Emerging Voices</a>&mdash;the team has reorganized into two. Min is staying in San Francisco to continue on as Min Design, while Jeffrey has restructured in Omaha under his new studio <a href="" target="_blank">Actual Architecture Co</a>. For this week's <a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshot</a>, we spoke with Jeffrey to talk about this new chapter of his architecture career.&nbsp;</p> Mutuo Brings Mexican and Brazilian Perspectives to LA's Architectural Milieu Archinect 2018-07-30T13:17:00-04:00 >2018-07-30T17:13:56-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">Mutuo</a> is an LA-based practiced founded by Jose Herrasti, originally from Mexico City, and Fernanda Oppermann, originally from Brazil. After a few years working at architecture offices in the US, with some time together at <a href="" target="_blank">Eric Owen Moss Architects</a>, the two decided to start their own practice 5 years ago. By connecting their own personal experience, they settled on LA due to it's welcoming environment and cultural diversity.</p> <p>The duo describe Mutuo as versatile. They actively pursue, design and build single-family &amp;&nbsp;multi-family housing, adaptive reuse, cultural and urban-scale masterplans, often working with other architects on non-profit and pro-bono projects.</p> <p>In this week's <a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshot</a> we chat with Jose and Fernanda to learn more the practice's origins and goals.&nbsp;</p> A Conversation with Studio8, a Mostly-European Staffed Small Studio in Shanghai Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-07-16T13:45:00-04:00 >2018-07-17T13:47:37-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Based in Shanghai, <a href="" target="_blank">Studio8</a> is a multidisciplinary studio designing everything from the <a href="" target="_blank">visual identity and branding</a>, to the furniture and architecture for restaurants, hotels, stores, and residences. Founded only three years ago, the firm is comprised of an international team of young creatives. For this week's <a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshot</a>, we talked with co-founder Shirley Dong about designing spaces; their magnificent, recently completed, Anadu resort; and working together as a diverse team from all over the world.&nbsp;</p> ​Common Accounts is a Practice Without a Center, Which "Feels About Right" Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-07-09T12:27:00-04:00 >2018-07-09T12:41:11-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Founded in 2015 by&nbsp;Igor Bragado and Miles Gertler, <a href="" target="_blank">Common Accounts</a> is an architecture practice and creative agency operating over satellite, server and fibre cables between Seoul, Toronto and New York. For this week's <a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshot</a>, we talk with the two about starting a practice while still at school, the astrological compatibility needed to run one, and their research into digital afterlives.</p> In a Rapidly Expanding City, Portland-based Minarik Architecture Ensures Long-Term Quality Alongside Growth Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-07-02T13:20:00-04:00 >2018-08-18T13:01:04-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>As the Pacific Northwest continues to grow, <a href="" target="_blank">Minarik Architecture</a> is one of the numerous architecture firms helping to ensure the long-term quality of its built environment be preserved. From cabins to coffee shops, their work strives towards a kind of pared-down regionalism, minimizing unnecessary elements in order to create buildings that, in 100 years, retain their integrity.</p> <p>For this week's <a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshot</a>, we asked founder Doug Minarik to offer some insights into working in the region and starting a practice.</p> Denver-Based Paul Andersen Wants to Relieve Architecture of the Responsibility to be Fundamentally Good​ Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-06-18T14:57:00-04:00 >2018-08-18T13:01:04-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>"Why not?" answers Paul Andersen when&nbsp;asked why he was originally motivated to start his own firm. Founder of the Denver-based <a href="" target="_blank">Independent Architecture</a>, this carefree attitude is what sets the architect and his studio apart, with projects that are deceptively simple on the surface, but reveal a profound sense of humor upon retrospection.&nbsp;</p> <p>For this week's <a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshot</a>, we talk with Andersen about what he's working on, the importance of pop practices for the field, and not taking architecture too seriously.&nbsp;</p> Vancouver Based D'Arcy Jones Architecture Stays Small to Maintain Intimacy With Their Work Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-06-11T16:30:00-04:00 >2018-06-22T10:28:10-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>After designing a home for his parents while taking some time away from architecture school, D'Arcy Jones knew he was eager to one day start his own practice. Eventually founded in 2005, his <a href="" target="_blank">Vancouver</a> based firm has grown into a 9 person studio producing distinguished architecture that is consistently recognized as some of Canada's best&mdash;in 2017, the firm had the high honor of receiving the AIBC Emerging Firm Award as well as being named&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">RAIC's Emerging Architecture Practice</a>.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">DJA</a>'s&nbsp;portfolio is comprised mostly of residential projects that are efficient and thoughtful but the team has recently expanded this approach to tackle commercial spaces, art galleries, and larger multi-family housing projects. In the latest&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshot</a>, Jones discusses this growth and what he sees as a "natural evolution" for the studio.<br></p> Architect Michael Leckie, of Vancouver-Based Leckie Studio, Discusses his Intention and Craft-Driven Small Studio Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-06-04T12:41:00-04:00 >2018-06-04T12:41:44-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Architect Michael Leckie began his professional career working at top firms in Canada and Europe. But as the&nbsp;type of person who prefers to create things himself, it was only natural that he established his own practice&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Leckie Studio Architecture + Design</a>. Since 2015, the interdisciplinary Vancouver firm has designed a fantastic variety of eye-popping interiors and residential projects, plus they have a growing roster of big clients and collaborators. Without a doubt, things are looking up for the young studio, who received the 2018 Emerging Firm Award from the Architectural Institute of British Columbia&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">last month</a>.<br></p> <p>In the latest&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshot</a>,&nbsp;Michael Leckie talks about the significance of keeping his practice small, the democratic nature of Canadian design, and some of the&nbsp;exciting plans his firm has in store.</p> Studio Gram from Adelaide keeps it fun and fresh as they grow their practice Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-05-28T10:18:00-04:00 >2018-05-27T00:18:47-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>For Adelaide-based&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Studio Gram</a> founders Graham Charbonneau and Dave Bickmore, two friends who met while studying architecture at the University of South Australia, being architects who take immense care in designing memorable spaces has always been a top priority. But as hard-working as they are in their collaborative studio, they stay true to integrating fun in the process &mdash; whether that's in the vibrant energy their projects reflect or in maintaining that important work-life balance.</p> <p>For this week's <a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshot</a>, Charbonneau and Bickmore share what they've learned so far in running their growing practice, as well as their hopes for the future.<br></p> The Dazzling Work of Charlap Hyman & Herrero is What Happens When a Furniture Designer and Architect Team Up Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-05-21T09:00:00-04:00 >2018-06-20T23:30:57-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Friends from the <a href="" target="_blank">Rhode Island School of Design</a>,&nbsp;Adam Charlap Hyman and&nbsp;Andre Herrero, respective graduates of the school's furniture design and architecture programs, decided to start their own firm after working on some small projects together here and there. Since, the up and coming studio, <a href="" target="_blank">Charlap Hyman &amp; Herrero</a>, has built a vast portfolio that is offbeat, rebellious, and incredibly pleasant to look at.&nbsp;</p> <p>Though their work has been mainly centered on interior-focused projects such as opera sets and gallery designs, the firm has recently received several commissions for ground-up constructions. For this week's <a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshot</a>, we find out what's next for the American designers.</p> Casey Hughes Wants to Create Work That is Simultaneously Intellectually Ambitious and Scrappy Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-05-14T12:57:00-04:00 >2018-08-18T13:01:04-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Casey Hughes has made a name for himself by building into the famous hills of Los Angeles. His <a href="" target="_blank">eponymous firm</a>&mdash;started by his desire to push against both the academic world of architecture as well as the development-oriented one&mdash;specializes in intellectually ambitious residential projects, especially those located on some of the city's tricky hillside lots.&nbsp;</p> <p>For this week's <a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshot</a>, Hughes talks about carving out a niche for himself while allowing room for design exploration.</p> Designing Everything From Buildings To Pulled Plaster Panels, Young Projects Discusses How the Small Studio Accommodates for Variety Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-05-07T09:00:00-04:00 >2018-05-04T20:17:54-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The work of <a href="" target="_blank">Young Projects</a>&mdash;a New York-based studio founded by Bryan Young in 2010&mdash;extends beyond just buildings, with the firm of seven designing everything from materials and prototypes, to furniture and objects. For this week's <a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshot</a>, we talk with the studio about the variety of their projects and how they utilize down-time to push those boundaries.</p> Architecture Firm D.U.S.T Carries Out the Master Builder Tradition in the Arizona Desert Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-04-30T09:00:00-04:00 >2018-04-30T10:01:04-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">D.U.S.T</a>, based out of Tucson, Arizona, is a multidisciplinary design firm comprised&nbsp;of architects, craftsmen, artists, and designers that focus their practice in the <a href="" target="_blank">master builder</a> tradition. Founded by&nbsp;Cade Hayes and Jesus Robles,&nbsp;two desert natives, their work intimately roots itself to place, linking knowledge of local traditions to architecture and the building process.</p> <p>Their Tucson&nbsp;Mountain Retreat&nbsp;was recently featured in Netflix's US debut of <em>The World's Most Extraordinary Homes,&nbsp;</em>hosted by Piers Taylor and Caroline Quentin. For this week's <a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshot</a>, I had the pleasure of speaking with the two about their experience on the show, and working out in the desert.</p> Founded by Painter-turned-Architect Shane Neufeld, L/AND/A Blurs the Lines Between Art and Architecture Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-04-23T09:00:00-04:00 >2018-04-20T19:37:35-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>L/AND/A (short for Light and Air Architecture), is an Brooklyn-based practice run by Shane Neufeld.&nbsp;An artist, writer, and an architect, Neufeld studied painting and literature before getting his Master's from the <a href="" target="_blank">Yale School of Architecture</a>. Founded in 2017, L/AND/A was Neufeld's&nbsp;opportunity to explore the intersections between the worlds of art and architecture. For this week's <a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshot</a>, we talk with him about the relationship between the two and his transition from one into the other.</p> AN.ONYMOUS Architects Show Us How Obstacles Make for Better Projects Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-04-16T09:00:00-04:00 >2018-04-18T08:20:32-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>AN.ONYMOUS is a transdisciplinary design firm based in Los Angeles and New York. Founded by Iman Ansari and Marta Nowak, the studio focuses on speculative approaches towards architecture and urbanism in relation to ecology, technology and biology. Since its inception in 2012, AN.ONYMOUS has engaged in numerous international projects, encompassing a diverse range of scales from urban and architectural design to furniture and prosthetics.</p> <p>For this week's <a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshots</a>, we talk with the duo about growing a small practice and embracing all of the obstacles along the way.</p> Between Full-Time Teaching, and Their Journal, Project, Medium Office Does it All Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-04-09T09:00:00-04:00 >2018-04-06T20:13:23-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">Medium Office</a> is an architecture practice based in Los Angeles and New York. Founded by Alfie Koetter and Emmett Zeifman, their work&nbsp;has been exhibited at the <a href="" target="_blank">A+D Museum</a> in Los Angeles, <a href="" target="_blank">Harvard Graduate School of Design</a> in Cambridge, <a href="" target="_blank">Storefront for Art and Architecture</a> in New York, <a href="" target="_blank">Yale School of Architecture</a> in New Haven, and elsewhere. Full-time teachers at <a href="" target="_blank">USC</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Columbia's GSAPP</a>, respectively, the two also find the time to run <a href="" target="_blank">Project Journal</a>, a publication of&nbsp;both visual and written work that engages in critical architectural discourse.</p> <p>For this week's <a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshot</a>, we talk with the duo about their many ventures, and&nbsp;how they split their time between them all.</p> Curious Minds, a Los Angeles-Based Practice, Discuss Balancing Experimentation With Built Works Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-04-02T13:08:00-04:00 >2018-04-06T03:42:18-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>CMLA, a female-owned practice based in <a href="" target="_blank">Los Angeles</a>, is run by Erin Cuevas and Jana Masset Collatz, two alumni of the <a href="" target="_blank">Harvard Graduate School of Design</a>. Their work centers around creating hyper-sensory environments, with focuses on neuroaesthetics, interaction design, and digital media. Since establishing their practice, they have worked on projects ranging from small-scale product design to large-scale residences to collaborations with dancers and other artists.</p> <p>For this week's <a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshot</a>, we talk with Cuevas and Masset Collatz about&nbsp;growing their own partnership with one another, establishing their own design agenda, and balancing experimental pursuits with commissioned work.</p> London-based Outpost Architecture & Design Talks About Developing Their Own Ideas as a Young Practice Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-03-26T09:00:00-04:00 >2018-03-29T12:56:47-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The London-based Architecture &amp; Design studio Outpost was founded in 2016 by Robin Sjoholm and Thomas Housden. In the two years since, the studio has developed&nbsp;a growing portfolio of private commissions within the residential and commercial sectors as well as pursued their own self-initiated projects. They also recently won&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">RIBA's gasholder base competition</a>, which asked&nbsp;emerging architects to find creative future uses for&nbsp;the sub-surface circular voids left by decommissioned gasholders.<br></p> <p>For this week's <a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshot</a>, we talked with the young firm about developing their own projects, their unique hand sketches, and where they'd like to end up.&nbsp;</p> The Beirut-based ParalX Makes a Strong Case for the Rise of Boutique, Design-Oriented Firms Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-03-19T09:00:00-04:00 >2018-03-16T19:52:04-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The Lebanese architecture practice <a href="" target="_blank">PARALX</a>, founded by&nbsp;Karim Moussawer,&nbsp;was born as a counter idea to the <a href="" target="_blank">Starchitect model</a> that structures many of today's firms. Believing that architecture is a product of collaboration, the firm whose name is&nbsp;an acronym of Parallel Practice, centers around a&nbsp;collaborative-based design process.</p> <p>For this week's <a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshot</a>, we talked with the firm about their collective approach, the importance of finding the right talent, and the dramatic urbanization of the Middle East, where much of their work is located.</p> Meet Dream the Combine, Winners of MoMA PS1's 2018 Young Architects Program Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-03-12T09:30:00-04:00 >2018-03-13T22:28:56-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Jennifer Newsom and Tom Carruthers of&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Dream the Combine</a> were recently announced as winners of <a href="" target="_blank">MoMA PS1's 2018 Young Architects Program</a>. Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the two run an experimental design practice focused mainly on&nbsp;public art installations that revitalize neglected spaces like an unused railroad track (<em>The World is Rated X</em>), a subway platform (<em>Space Destroyer</em>), or an abandoned fragment of Minneapolis' Skyway System (<em>Longing</em>).&nbsp;</p> <p>For this week's <a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshot</a>, we talk with Newsom and Carruthers about their practice, their winning proposal&nbsp;<em>Hide &amp; Seek</em>, their use of reflective materials, and the thriving art scene of Minneapolis.</p> Co-founders of a Small Oakland-Based Firm Talk About Starting a Practice While Becoming Moms Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-03-05T12:25:00-05:00 >2018-03-05T20:57:01-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">Tierney Conner</a>, based in <a href="" target="_blank">Oakland, CA</a>, is a full-service firm integrating the fields of architecture, landscape and interiors. The two co-founders, Anne Tierney and Erin Conner, decided to create their own practice after the two each became mothers. For this weeks <a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshot</a>, we talk with the team about their journey.&nbsp;</p> Brother-Sister Cofounders of Messner Architects Discuss their Quest for Professional Independence Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-02-26T09:12:00-05:00 >2018-03-23T00:38:47-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">Messner Architects</a>&nbsp;is a small practice based in Bozen, Italy, combining innovative, digital technology with traditional artisanship for projects defined by a strong regional context. Founded by the brother-and-sister duo,&nbsp;David and Verena Messner, they work across fields and scales, leading projects ranging from furniture to landscaping to housing.&nbsp;</p> <p>In this edition of&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshots</a>, the duo discuss working as a family team and their quest for&nbsp;professional independence.</p> 2017 Young Architects Winner Kevin Hirth Opens Up About the Challenges of Working Alone Nam Henderson 2018-02-21T09:15:00-05:00 >2018-08-18T13:01:04-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">Kevin Hirth</a> is a Clinical Assistant Professor at <a href="" target="_blank">University of Colorado Denver</a>'s College of Architecture and Planning. He holds a Master's of Architecture with distinction from the <a href="" target="_blank">Harvard Graduate School of Design</a> (2011) and a Bachelor's of Science in Architecture from the <a href="" target="_blank">University of Virginia</a>. Last year, Kevin was awarded <a href="" target="_blank">the 2017 Young Architects + Designers Prize</a> from <a href="" target="_blank">The Architectural League of New York</a>.</p> <p>As part of Archinect's <a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshot</a> series, I met up with Kevin in Denver to talk about his teaching and his work; the importance of licensure;&nbsp;the challenges of working alone; and his experience with the Architectural League.&nbsp;</p> How 6 Successful Women in Architecture, Planning, and Engineering Joined Forces to Win "The Cambridge to Oxford Connection: Ideas Competition" Ellen Hancock 2018-02-19T15:48:00-05:00 >2018-07-13T15:15:32-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The VeloCity team met through <a href="" target="_blank">PedElle</a>, a charity cycling endurance event open to female riders working in the property industry. Each successful in their own right, they decided they wanted to work together combining their expertise in architecture, design, engineering and town planning - a place-making competition developing the corridor that spans Cambridge, Milton Keynes, Northampton and Oxford, seemed the perfect opportunity.&nbsp;</p> <p>I recently met with the team to find out more about how they work together collaboratively and what made their entry stand out. Since we met they have gone on to win the <a href="" target="_blank">'The Cambridge to Oxford Connection: Ideas Competition'</a>, cementing their exciting future working together. </p>