Studio Visit


Studio Visit

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    Studio Visit: Olson Kundig Architects

    The studio crit remains a crucial part of the culture at this Seattle-based firm, which stops work once per week to gather for a group critique, even as it has grown from two to nearly 100 people.

  • Grace La and James Dallman, AIA, launched La Dallman in 1999 in Milwaukee, a block away from their current studio in the citys gentrifying Historic Third Ward. The neighborhood, once known for its wholesale grocers and light-industry warehouses, is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

    Studio Visit with La Dallman

    Grace La and James Dallman, the husband-and-wife duo behind the Milwaukee-based practice, talk about when the workday ends, as well as the Midwestern agriculture and industry that informs their work.

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    Studio Visit: Core

    With projects across the city, Washington, D.C.'s ever-present Core has participated in building the District from the ground up.

  • Eskew enjoys some of the bestand most unlikelystudio space in New Orleans. The firm established its studio on the 31st floor of an office building in 1999. Before that, Eskew occupied the third floor of a riverfront building on the edge of the French Quarter. The difference between a French Market walk-up and Class A office space is smaller than one might think, says Dumez. We really connected to the street and the activity of the French Quarter. We felt the pulse of the city directly. We heard it. We could smell it, he says.


    Six years out from Katrina and six years away from New Orleans's tricentennial, Eskew+Dumez+Ripple is rebuilding the City That Care Forgot.

  • Perkins+Will

    Aggressive acquisitions haven't changed Perkins+Will's commitment to the social good.

  • Lot-Ek Cofounding partner Giuseppe Lignano.

    Studio Visit: Lot-ek

    Lot-ek's New York design workshop is a fixture in the city's rapidly transforming Meatpacking District.

  • Studio Visit: Bing Thom

    The Canadian architect discusses his studio and his city of Vancouver that inspire him.

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    Salmela Architect

    The landscape and history of Minnesota are critical influences on David Salmela's proudly regional design.

  • The Jerde Partnership, Los Angeles

    The globally focused Jerde Partnership still anchors all of its design work in its Venice Beach offices.

  • Lake|Flato books one annual getaway for the entire firm. "Every year we go to my place on the headwaters of the Nueces River to camp out there. It's a lot of people in tents," Flato says.

    Lake|Flato Architects

    Central Texas's history, architecture, and growth has had an impact on this firm's downtown San Antontio studio and its work.

  • Williams and Tsien are by far the oldest people in the studio, though they all work in the same space. Were kind of like the parents, Williams says. (Tsien strenuously disagrees.)

    Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects

    Their personal and professional relationship has come to define the studio's familial culture.

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    Studio Visit: Hood Design

    Architect talks to Walter Hood about his approach to diverse landscape architecture projects.

  • Above: Jeanne Gang, FAIA, leads a project meeting with (left to right) Stephen Claeys, Weston Walker, and Beth Zacherle. The group is discussing a mixed-use project for Mumbai, India, and debating, specifically, how the projects base will meet the ground. In this session, the group resolved to combine elements from two preliminary models to move forward. Even at an early design stage, Studio Gangs engagement with topography is evident. The first monograph on Studio Gang, Reveal, to be published this month by Princeton Architectural Press, reveals the process behind eight projectsincluding key hometown works such as the Aqua Tower, a residential skyscraper near the Chicago River, and the SOS Childrens Villages in Chicagos reemerging South Side.

    Studio Visit: Studio Gang

    Jeanne Gang appreciates her practice's home in Chicago's colorful Wicker Park.

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    Studio Visit: Antoine Predock

    Antoine Predock, the master of Southwest Modernism, has spent decades building his Albuquerque studio.

  • The production space (with Nogues at left and Ball at right) was empty when photographer Timothy Hursley visited, but it won't be for long. Ball and Nogues will soon begin work on a major new project called Talus Dome, commissioned by the city of Edmonton in Alberta, Canada. "It's an earthwork made out of non-earthwork materials," Ball says. The pieceabout the size of a single-family housewill be fabricated here in sections, then transported to Edmonton and assembled on-site. "It's going to be interesting," Ball laughs.

    Studio Visit: Ball-Nogues Studio

    The design and fabrication studio, which fuses art, architecture, and industrial design, shows us its new home.

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    Studio Visit: Paolo Soleri

    Photographer Timothy Hursley drops in on the famous experimental settlements of Arcosanti and Cosanti in Arizona.



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