If given the choice between staring blankly into space or reading architects’ office statements on their website, we choose the first. They all say the same thing: we’re sustainable, responsible with budgets, experienced, award-winning, etc. . . . The game seems to be how to say nothing in particular and comfort any worries of someone contemplating hiring you. After a few clicks, it’s hard not to think that all this quote-unquote professionalism is very cold at its core. We can’t tell you exactly when MOS started. We like to say it was 2003, but we didn’t have an office space then and our name was !@#?, which we quickly found was too difficult to use because 1. you couldn’t pronounce it and 2. you couldn’t get a web address. So, eventually, we drifted towards MOS—an acronym of our names and reflection of a shared desire to be horizontal and fuzzy, as opposed to tall and shiny. We began around an oversized table, a surface for collecting and working through a range of design experiments—a make-believe of architectural fantasies, problems, and thoughts. As we’ve grown, we remain around a large table, working together on each project through playful experimentation and serious research. This website indexes that work: housing; schools; houses; cultural institutions; retail; exhibition design; installations; furniture; objects; books; writing; software experiments; and videos.
Krabbesholm Højskole (Denmark) is awarded an AIA NY Excellence Award
MOS Architects receive an AIA New York Award of Merit for Element House
We draw, talk, email, doodle, diagram, render, print, print, draw, model, receive, distribute, call, approve, confirm, reject, plead, deny, laugh, export, import, present, listen, order, zoom, script, post, pan, copy, paste, scale, collate, staple, eat, list, drink, walk, draw, chat, meet, photograph, crop, calculate, draw, adjust, tweak, sip, solve, stack, note, organize, scan, edit, review, print, question, comment, make, sketch . . . and occasionally, we collect things from this process and store them in a flat file.
Location: The Aram Gallery, London, England
Date: July 13–August 19, 2017
The ninth edition of "Prototypes and Experiments" shows models, samples, tests and drawings picked fresh from the studio shelves of architects and designers. Ongoing at The Aram Gallery since 2008, this exhibition series asks participants from a range of disciplines to show ideas in development and give us an understanding of their creative process.)
In tune with the gallery’s interest in how designers think, plan and communicate three-dimensionally, each exhibitor presents the process of single project. An accompanying commentary explains the purpose of each exercise, its meaning to the final work, and how it assisted the designer with making decisions along the way.
Unique to this edition of Prototypes and Experiments is a look at architectural drawing as a form of experimentation; curators asked an international selection of contemporary architects for a collage, sketch or drawing that shows how they use the medium to communicate and explore new ideas.
Photograph: Amandine Alessandra.