Archinect - Features 2018-06-24T03:26:53-04:00 Denver-Based Paul Andersen Wants to Relieve Architecture of the Responsibility to be Fundamentally Good​ Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-06-18T14:57:00-04:00 >2018-06-19T03:27:04-04:00 <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 >2018-05-17T15:14:28-04:00 <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 >2018-03-06T07:16:33-05:00 <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 >2018-02-21T09:41:52-05:00 <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> Walk Softly and Don’t Carry a Big Shtick; A Small Studio Snapshot of LA-Based Darin Johnstone Architects Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-02-12T09:00:00-05:00 >2018-02-15T20:32:57-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Darin Johnstone is a Los Angeles based architect and teacher. He is the founder of his eponymous practice,&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Darin Johnstone Architects</a>, and a faculty member at <a href="" target="_blank">SCI-Arc</a>. For this week's <a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshots</a>, we talk with Johnstone about moving to LA on a whim to start his studio, his architectural motivations, and how he blends teaching and practice.&nbsp;</p> Baumgartner + Uriu is a Small Studio with Big Innovations Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-02-05T10:00:00-05:00 >2018-02-05T11:26:10-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Baumgartner + Uriu (BplusU) are innovators known for pushing boundaries. With an in-house fabrication studio, the LA-based practice is consistently experimenting with the latest digital techniques and materials. Founded in 2006, the firm is led by Herwig Baumgartner and Scott Uriu, both with a background in music and working for Frank Gehry. For this week's <a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshot</a>, we talked with the duo about how they got their start, what drives their work today, and what is on the horizon.</p> What the Future Has in Store for Brooklyn-Based Firm, Future Expansion Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-01-29T09:00:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T12:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">Future Expansion</a> is a Brooklyn based architecture-and-design firm founded in 2011 by Deirdre and Nicholas McDermott. Shortly after starting, the practice won an open RFP from the Brooklyn Academy of Music for a large-scale public art installation. Since, the two have gone on to carry out projects for both private and public clients. They recently completed another winning installation, "<a href="" target="_blank">Flatiron Reflection</a>," for the fourth annual Flatiron Public Plaza Holiday Design Competition commissioned by the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership and <a href="" target="_blank">Van Alen Institute</a>.</p> <p>For this week's <a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshots</a>, Archinect caught up with the firm to hear about some recent projects they are working on and find out what the future has in store.</p> How One Architecture Remains Small While Working on Massive Urban Resiliency Projects Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-01-22T09:00:00-05:00 >2018-01-24T10:16:03-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">Matthijs Bouw</a> is a Dutch architect and urbanist and founder of <a href="" target="_blank">One Architecture</a>, an award-winning design and planning firm that was established in <a href="" target="_blank">Amsterdam</a> in 1995 and again in New York in 2015 after the firm won the Rebuild by Design competition in partnership with <a href="" target="_blank">BIG</a>. Bouw is also the Rockefeller Urban Resilience Fellow for PennDesign at the <a href="" target="_blank">University of Pennsylvania</a>, where his work centers on urban resilience and water management projects.</p> <p>For this week's <a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshots</a>, we talk with Bouw about opening up his New York office, the difference between working in the Netherlands&nbsp;versus the United States, and the benefits of keeping a small team despite working on large-scale projects.&nbsp;</p> Starting an Architecture Firm in Two Cities Simultaneously; A Small Studio Snapshot of EL Studio Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-01-16T12:14:00-05:00 >2018-01-16T12:15:37-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">EL Studio</a>, a practice&nbsp;based partially out of Washington D.C, is located in a former horse stable that has been converted into a live/work space by co-founder Mark Lawrence and his wife. Along with his business partner Elizabeth Emerson (who leads their New York office), the two have grown their practice into an award-winning architecture firm that&nbsp;specializes in building finely-crafted, innovative structures within challenging constraints.</p> <p>For this week's <a href="" target="_blank">Small&nbsp;Studio Snapshot</a>, we talk with the two about the practice's origins, their unique office space, and some projects they are currently working on.</p> Based in New York and Beirut, L.E.FT Discusses Building in Politically Conflicted Contexts Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-01-08T13:02:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Established in New York in 2005 by Makram El Kadi and Ziad Jamaleddine, <a href="" target="_blank">L.E.FT</a> is dedicated to examining the intersections of cultural and political productions as they relate to the built environment. Now with a studio in Beirut as well, the practice has completed residential and cultural projects in&nbsp;New York, Dubai, Turkey, and Beirut.&nbsp;</p> <p>For this week's <a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshot</a>, we talk with the firm about their pursuits, how they incorporate research interests into their built works, and what it's like to build in politically unstable regions such as the Middle East.&nbsp;</p> deDraft, a Practice of Three Tucked Away in London Fields, Discuss the Benefits of a Smaller Practice and Taking a More Personal Approach Ellen Hancock 2017-12-25T09:00:00-05:00 >2017-12-30T12:15:07-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Grant Straghan founded <a href="" target="_blank">deDraft</a> in 2010 after studying at Hull School of Architecture and working for practices across the UK including <a href="" target="_blank">MAP Architects</a> in Belfast, GHM Group&nbsp;in Leeds and DMFK Architects in London. Now a solid team of three, and seven years in, they work closely together to&nbsp;create 'imaginative yet functional' design, mostly residential for now but with their sights set on much bigger things.&nbsp;</p> <p>For this <a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshot</a> feature, we spoke to the team about the benefits of staying small and how their studio set up supports their creativity.&nbsp;</p> Studio Animal, a Practice Specializing in Ephemeral Architecture, Talks About the Elasticity of a Small Studio Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-12-18T10:00:00-05:00 >2017-12-18T15:01:15-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">Studio Animal</a>, the Spanish practice directed by Javier Jim&eacute;nez Iniesta,&nbsp;describes itself as an elastic platform that specializes in interior design and ephemeral architecture.&nbsp;They share a space in the neighborhood of Gracia, Barcelona where the fluctuating team sits at a 12.5 meter long table alongside friends that work in specific areas related with architecture: acoustic, landscape, technical developments, graphic design and so on.</p> <p>For this week's&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshot</a>, we talk with Iniesta about the practice: their structure, their ethos, and the way they deal with their projects.</p> Stepping Into the Authentic Interiors of Smith Hanes Studio Hope Daley 2017-12-11T12:20:00-05:00 >2017-12-11T12:20:00-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Atlanta-based <a href="" target="_blank">Smith Hanes Studio</a> specializes in telling stories through <a href="" target="_blank">interior architecture</a> with an organic and holistic approach to design. The studio is known for translating the farm fresh, California wine country style to the Southeast.&nbsp;</p> <p>In this <a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshot</a> we chat with Smith Hanes on the importance of developing key relationships with fabricators, the firm's recent expansion to Nashville, and developing a space that feels real.&nbsp;</p> Williamson Williamson on Staying Small in Toronto’s Booming, Competitive Architecture Scene Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-12-04T12:25:00-05:00 >2017-12-04T12:25:21-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Located in <a href="" target="_blank">Toronto</a>, the architectural design studio <a href="" target="_blank">Williamson Williamson</a> was established by husband-and-wife duo, Shane and <a href="" target="_blank">Betsy Williamson</a>. Since its founding, the firm has been awarded the prestigious 2014 Emerging Architectural Practice Award by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and the 2014 Emerging Voices Award by the Architectural League of New York.&nbsp;</p> <p>For this week's&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshot</a>, we talk with the two about learning&nbsp;to balance design priorities with the realities of construction, working in the city of Toronto, and the growing number of small offices in the city.</p> Portuguese-firm Brandão Costa Arquitectos Shows Off Their Library for the Village of Caminha Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-11-28T09:00:00-05:00 >2017-11-28T09:17:07-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshots</a> is one of Archinect&rsquo;s regular recurring series. In it, we take a look at the ins and outs of running a small-scale practice. What hurdles do you come across? Do you want to grow or stay small and flexible? What motivates your practice in the first place?</p> <p>In this excerpt from a special iteration for&nbsp;<em><a href="" target="_blank">Ed</a>,&nbsp;</em>we talk with the Portuguese practice&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Brand&atilde;o Costa Arquitectos</a>&nbsp;led by Nuna Brand&atilde;o Costa.<br></p>