Next Progressives

caza founding principal, carlos arnaiz

Next Progressives: CAZA

With offices in New York and the Philippines, CAZA brings a global perspective and academic background to design.

wes mcgee and brandon clifford

Next Progressives: Matter Design

This Boston- and Ann Arbor-based firm draws from antiquated practices to inform digital decisions when working with solid materials.

kevin toukoumidis, aia, takes a break at the wave, a dynamic bench in the citys southport corridor neighborhood that doubles as almost anything else.

Next Progressives: dSPACE Studio

At this Chicago firm, founder Kevin Toukoumidis finds that challenges breed opportunities, and that a client's quirk can be a project's driving influence.

kem studio co-founders (from left to right) jonathon kemnitzer, brad satterwhite, and jon taylor in their kansas city, mo., office.

Next Progressives: KEM Studio Blends Disciplines

A healthy dose of cross-pollination between industrial design and architecture allows the Kansas City, Mo., firm to focus on the details.

jennifer marmon stands beside a section model for pars helsinki central library proposal. the firm collaborated with arup on a highly technical, transparent façade with thermal properties.

Next Progressives: PAR Uses Competitions to Build Relationships

Los Angeles firm Platform for Architecture + Research sees competitions as vehicles for building working relationships, regardless of their outcomes.


Material Focus

Oakland, Calif.–based Rael San Fratello builds full-scale models out of polymers developed by its materials collaborative, Emerging Objects.


T38 Studio: Beyond the Boundary

With his firm, Alfonso Medina is helping to change the face of housing in Tijuana, Mexico, with his practice that melds real estate, construction, and architecture.


MAde Studio is Liquid Planning Detroit

MAde Studio is applying its data-driven approach to Detroit, revealing ways that the region’s water systems can influence urban planning.

alvin huang in front of the groove at centralworld, a 129,167-square-foot entertainment and retail venue his firm completed late last year in bangkok.

Synthesis DNA: The DNA of Digital Craft

Alvin Huang's multilayered, computer-generated designs are merging applied research from his academic studio with the real-world problem-solving of his Los Angeles firm.


Next Progressives: Going Top Down

Urban-Think Tank, best known for its vertical gyms in the Caracas barrios, has a new strategy for building in Third World slums.


Ants of the Prairie: Into the Wild

Joyce Hwang’s practice, Ants of the Prairie, is generating buzz with innovative projects that create urban habitats for bees, bats, and other threatened species.


Sea Change: Brooklyn's Dlandstudio

Susannah Drake of Dlandstudio is reviving contaminated landscapes with her politically savvy practice.

brent grubb (left) and jeff kovel at skylabs columbia boulevard wastewater treatment plants engineering building.

Star Turn: Skylab Architecture

Hollywood came calling, but Skylab Architecture didn’t sell out. The firm is building its practice by bringing the same rigorous ideals to every project.