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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, 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

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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 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

Pavilion
No. 3
MoMA PS1, Prehistoric Future
Location:
Long Island City, New York
Program:
Temporary Pavilion
Size:
6,000 sf
Status:
Proposal, 2007

This pavilion proposal is for an inflatable structure made of a reflective aluminized fabric that wrinkles and ripples under varying air pressure. The canopy works like a cross between a Bedouin Tent and reflective heat-shield insulation, creating a significant temperature difference between the underside of the canopy and the area above it to produce a perpetual breeze through induction. Adding to the cooling effect, a system of landscaping and prefabricated planters are located beneath the canopy and line the perimeter of the open gallery. The plants create a kaleidoscopic array of colors and textures that play against the reflective surfaces of the inflatable. Both people and plants are watered via mirrored-column misters.

Project Team: Michael Meredith, Hilary Sample, Andrew Atwood, Russell Crader, Darby Foreman, Steve Huang, Kera Lagios, Julia Suh, Sara Stevens, and Jason Pytko
Structural Engineer: Paul Kassabian, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger