Current Work
Office Statement

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, sometimes we say 2005, but we were drifting from place to place, 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. In 2008, we were licensed and became a legal entity, but we had already had an office and made some buildings. At some point, 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, gathering, and working through a range of design experiments—a make-believe of architectural fantasies, problems, and thoughts. We are now located in New York, we have grown a little, but remain around a large table, working together on each project through playful experimentation and serious research. We have won some awards. We have written some books. We have built some buildings. We are currently making more. This website indexes that work: housing; schools; houses; cultural institutions; retail; exhibition design; installations; furniture; objects; books; writing; software experiments; and videos.

 

— Michael Meredith, Hilary Sample

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Selected Awards
2014

Krabbesholm Højskole (Denmark) is awarded an AIA NY Excellence Award
    
MOS Architects receive an AIA New York Award of Merit for Element House

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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 store them in a flat file.

MOS: Michael Meredith, Hilary Sample, Paul Ruppert, Robert Crabtree, Charles Dorrance-King, Lafina Eptaminitaki, Yam Chumpolphaisal, Claire Logoz, Julia Muntean, ...

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Programming by Brazen

Exhibition Design
No. 6
44 Low-resolution Houses
Location:
North Gallery, Princeton University School of Architecture, Princeton, New Jersey
Program:
Exhibition Design
Status:
Built, 2018
Material:
Paper, Fabric, Stools, Totes, Samples

44 Low-resolution Houses presents a series of houses through a double technological and representational-aesthetic lens. All 44 houses collected here fall into one or more of the following categories of low-resolution: first, houses that vaguely resemble houses, using familiar low-res house elements like pitched roofs, chimneys, windows, doors, porches, etc.; second, houses that appear to be constructed in a low-res manner, in that one can see the construction, joints, and materials, and have a sort of cheap unfinished quality; and third, houses that are composed of low-res organization with basic geometric primitives—squares, circles, and triangles—arranged in a non-compositional or abstract manner. By these using these terms, low-resolution is in contrast to high-resolution architectural sophistication, gestural complex curvature, bodily organic figuration, and architectural paradigms focused on seamlessness and integrated smoothness. 

The 44 architects included in the exhibition and catalog are: 6a, Adamo-Faiden, Angela Deuber, Atelier Barda, Atelier Bow-Wow, Besler & Sons, Brandlhuber+, Bruther, Bureau Spectacular, DVVT, Edition Office, Ensamble Studio, Fake Industries Architectural Agonism, fala atelier, First Office, GAFPA, Go Hasegawa, Hans Tursack, HHF and Ai Weiwei, Independent Architecture, Johannes Norlander, Johnston Marklee, The LADG, Lütjens Padmanabhan, MAIO, Monadnock, MPdL Studio, MOS, New Affiliates, OFFICE, OFF-OFF, Outpost Office, PARA Project, Pascal Flammer, Paul Preissner, Pezo von Ellrichshausen, Point Supreme, PRODUCTORA, Stan Allen, Tatiana Bilbao, Tato Architects, T+E+A+M, Tham & Videgård, WORKac.

44 Low-resolution Houses was exhibited at Princeton University School of Architecture from 09/11 to 11/09/2018. The exhibition catalog was edited by Michael Meredith, with a foreword by Dean Mónica Ponce de León. It was designed by MOS and Studio Lin, with photographs by Michael Vahrenwald/Esto.

Exhibition Design: MOS
Curator: Michael Meredith, Associate Professor, Princeton University School of Architecture
Graphic Design: Studio Lin
Fashion Design: Slow and Steady Wins the Race
Photography: Michael Vahrenwald
Exhibition Coordinator: Kira McDonald
Exhibition Team: Anna Renken, Alex Still, Steve Martinez, Adam Ainslie, Ryan Hughes, Yujun Mao, Mark Acciari, Andrea Ng, Ece Yetim, Domenica Mssamby, Mariah Smith, Ryan Gagnebin

Special Thanks: Dean Mónica Ponce de León and Princeton School of Architecture Staff