Year founded: 2013
Leadership: Megan Panzano (founder)
Education: B.A., Yale University; M.Arch., Harvard Graduate School of Design (Harvard GSD)
Firm size: 1 (plus a trusted array of fabricators and collaborators as project needs require).
I worked closely with both Bob Venturi, FAIA, and Denise Scott Brown, Hon. FAIA, at the former Venturi Scott Brown + Associates [now VSBA Architects and Planners], in Philadelphia, after college and then designed projects across scales at Utile, in Boston. I currently teach and coordinate terms in both graduate and undergraduate programs at Harvard GSD.
Leveraging “the edge.” The practice consistently identifies projects that carry a degree of change and instability with them. These projects often hail from “the edge,” occupying physical sites of as-yet undefined space at the urban margins. The contingencies specific to each project are often rescued from what may be considered the periphery of architecture and are centralized as a primary architectural engine.
Memorable learning experience:
In 2005, I learned how Bob Venturi really feels about landscape from a bold message he wrote to me in his classic, black Pentel Sign Pen on yellow ruled paper, the contents of which I cannot share here ...
Design tool of choice:
Adobe Illustrator. I am an old-school, what-you-see-is-what-you-get fan and often luxuriate in line-weight-heavy drawings that I sheet-feed print and layer up.
The Stowaway House, in Cape May, N.J., because it extends my research interests of the architecture of spaces for object collection and their potential perceptions into a real project.
Second favorite project:
I did a series of small design charrettes for Boston recycling company Save That Stuff. Our collaboration is an enjoyable, ongoing evolution in scale, speed, and communication of its ethos through design solutions .
Skills to master:
Distillation (I’m trying).
I’m re-obsessed with John Hejduk for his simultaneous smarts, originality, and clear commitment to personal evolution as a designer.
Special item in your studio space:
Heat-sensitive, hypercolor thinking putty.
Morning person or night owl:
The morning is for idea concocting while the evening is for exploring the potential of those ideas that have been churning throughout the day.
Social media platform of choice:
Twitter for work, but Instagram for life.
I have to listen to the song “In the Light” by Led Zeppelin before I give a presentation.