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, 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, gathering, 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.

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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

Flat File

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.

MOS: Michael Meredith, Hilary Sample, John Yurchyk, Michael Abel, Mark Acciari, Nile Greenberg, Paul Ruppert, Fancheng Fei, Zosia Nowakowska, . . . 

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Programming by Brazen

Studio
No. 2
Artist’s Studio
Location:
Ancram, New York
Program:
Art Studio
Size:
7,200 sf
Status:
Built, 2009

This artist’s studio has an expansive interior, like a hollowed hip-roof or large urban loft displaced into a rural landscape. There are entrances on all four sides to allow for easy access between inside and out, uninterrupted by structure. The building envelope has two layers of wood framing and insulation, providing a high level of acoustic and thermal performance. The open interior contains a freestanding object located toward the center of the studio at the ceiling’s highest point, containing mechanical services, bathroom, and storage. This blank storage structure occupies the studio’s visual center and redirects views obliquely toward the outside. The addition of three-legged moment frames at both ends of the building transform the hip-roof shape of the studio and provide the structure necessary to allow for the interior’s large, open span. The entire exterior surface of the building is clad in zinc shingles. The elemental parallelogram geometry visually destabilizes the studio and makes it feel untethered from the surrounding landscape.

Project Team: Michael Meredith, Hilary Sample, Chad Burke, Fred Holt, Elliott Hodges
Structural Engineer: Nathaniel Stanton, Craft Engineering Studio
Photographer: Michael Vahrenwald