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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Web site by Studio Lin 

Programming by Brazen

Reproduction
No. 9
O. M. Ungers, Almost Positivist Cutting Board
Size:
12"x18"x1.5"
Material:
Mahogany, Mineral Oil, Linseed Oil
Edition:
20
Price:
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O. M. Ungers always tried to behave normally, oddly normal. Banal politeness, consideration, and the mechanical gymnastics of etiquette were carefully followed, as if he was constantly looking at himself from the outside, objectively. Sometimes he slipped—laughed a bit too loud or stared a bit too long. Not many noticed. O. M. was a polymath, a painter, architect, amateur mason, part-time biologist, and chef who single-handedly reinvigorated Schnitzel Haute Cuisine. And he liked grids. In preparing both his food and architecture, he started with a flat surface, a tabula rasa, a logical starting point, a cutting board where he could array all the ingredients. Strangely, he never indexed any of his recipes, we have no documentation, but we think this cutting board organized the mise en place for his legendary Zigeunerschnitzel, others disagree.