Meet the Progressive Questionnaire, with its inaugural respondents, Thread Collective principals Gita Nandan (above left), Elliott Maltby (above, middle), and Mark Mancuso (above, right).
Firm: Thread Collective
Location: Brooklyn, N.Y.
Year founded: 2004
Leadership: Gita Nandan, Elliott Maltby, Mark Mancuso (principals)
Education: Nandan: B.A. art history, University of Michigan; M.Arch., University of California, Berkeley • Maltby: B.A. philosophy, Kenyon College; M.L.A., UC Berkeley • Mancuso: B.Arch., University of Michigan; M.Arch., UC Berkeley
Total staff: Six, plus a studio dog, Felix.
We’re interested in the overlap of outside and inside, the social and the ecological, and the city and the home, and we take a wide-ranging approach to sustainability and resiliency at multiple scales.
Printshop, in Brooklyn, N.Y., a conversion of a one-story former print shop into a residence, artist studio, and event space. It’s organized around a new, small courtyard, and incorporates multiple sustainable strategies, such as the use of materials with a low environmental impact and a photovoltaic array.
Our Trout House, a three-unit sustainable townhouse in Brooklyn that also serves as our office and residence. We had the experience of being our own client and developer, and met the challenge of achieving a high degree of sustainability and thoughtful design with a modest budget, working within the very rigid constraints of New York’s building code. We also had an opportunity to inhabit a project, to live with it, and to learn from it over time.
Gita’s choice is Eileen Grey, for her avant-garde approach to life and design and her take on Modernism through a wide range of scales, from furniture to architecture. She also loves her lacquer work. Elliott’s hero is Carlo Scarpa, for his development of a personal and idiosyncratic visual language, his use of water as a primary design element, and his integration and use of landscape. All three of us credit Samuel Mockbee for our interest in design/build, thanks to his democratization of design and innovative reuse of materials, centering education around social engagement and building.
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Gardening, teaching, swimming, cooking, and listening to baseball games in the office. That goes for all of us—although Mark swims less.
Elliott and Gita share an addiction to buying plants.
We wait until we have a signed contract before we create a folder on the server for a new project.