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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, Robert Crabtree, Paul Ruppert, Lafina Eptaminitaki,

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Performance Space
No. 1
BMDI
Location:
Marfa, Texas
Program:
Drive-In Movie Theater, Amphitheater, Picnic Area, Sculpture Park
Size:
3.58 acres
Status:
Proposal, 2008

The Ballroom Marfa Drive-In, Arts Archipelago, is located in Marfa, Texas, and combines multiple performance spaces: equal parts drive-in movie theater, outdoor amphitheater, picnic area, and sculpture park. The central focus is a hybrid drive-in theater screen and a band shell. The tessellated modular screen structure transitions from a flat projection surface to a coffered acoustic band shell and is capable of holding a wide range of events at multiple scales. The surrounding amphitheater is designed as a landscape in relief to allow for view angles of both pedestrians and automobiles and to create visual privacy when sitting within the outdoor auditorium. The ancillary structures such as the greenroom, bathrooms, and projection booth are integrated into the landscape and clad in a perforated aluminum rainscreen.

Project Team: Michael Meredith, Hilary Sample, Andrew Atwood, James Tate, Heather Bizon, Ryan Culligan, Maciej Kaczynski, Mathew Staudt, Ivi Diamantopoulou, Phi Van Phan
Structural Engineer: Simpson Gumpertz & Heger: Paul Kassabian
Lighting Engineer: Atelier Ten, New Haven: Mark Loeffler, Chad Groshardt