Awards

2020 Architectural League of New York, League Prize
2017 MacDowell Fellowship
2015 Oberdick Fellowship at the University of Michigan
2014 LeFevre Fellowship at Ohio State University

Team

Matt Hunt, Julie Riley, Jixun Wen, Dutra Brown, Alex Mann, Chris Doerr, Tony Gonzalez, Connor Brindza


Aims



(a) 

Copy forms and paste materials.

(b) 

Make stuff by comparing things.

(c) 

Avoid polarities like new/old, intellectual/artistic, valid/invalid, in/out. Being in-between is also not a viable position.

(d) 

No hyphens.

(e) 

Aim for conceptual clarity over virtuosity.

(f) 

Work on how we work.

(g) 

Creative work isn’t a lesson. Dodge the reflex to burden projects with meaning.

(h) 

(Imagination) = Real > Not Real

(i) 

Unlike a single issue voter, this isn't a single issue practice; the work won't fit into a tight narrative.

(j) 

Start with an observation, use an existing model, reformat something, confront a circumstance. Change material.

(k) 

Cynicism is too easy. The hardest work is believing in the best of other people.

(l) 

Interest + Technique + Format

(m) 

Intelligence, Susan Sontag argues, is really a kind of taste for ideas. It’s rare to have “good visual taste and good taste in people and taste in ideas.”

(n) 

This list is provisional and editable.

(o) 

Some things don’t require access to money or tools, such as plans. You can just think those.

(p) 

Position forms around coherence, familiarity, arrangement, or abstraction. So far, droopy circles have been working out. They’re familiar, describable, immeasurable.

(q) 

Queer, like form, is a nounverb.

(r) 

More references, more footnotes.

(s) 

Provisional > Fixed; Soft > Hard; Form > Shape; Abrupt > Transitional; Considered > Neglected; Back > Front; cheap = luxury; Tape > Glue; Alliance > Commitment

(t) 

We hear that architects feel undervalued by clients. Let’s start by valuing ourselves. Let’s support each other, build together, share, and pay each other right. Engagement is the new detachment.

(u) 

Mistakes are interpretations.

(v) 

Use more paper.