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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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Exhibition Design
No. 3
The Other Architect, CCA, Montréal
Location:
Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal, Canada
Program:
Exhibition Design
Status:
Temporary Exhibition, 2015

“The Other Architect” exhibition at the Canadian Center for Architecture explores various architects’ work outside of a traditional model of practice. The design approaches the exhibition space as an open archive where the museumgoer can sit and have an intimate and direct experience with an archive. The material presented was designed to communicate to a “reader”—drawings, videos, emails, faxes, letters, etc.—and requires a different form of attention. The exhibition contains over 700 (mostly 8.5"x11") works on paper, a few large-scale drawings, 10 models, and five videos, all placed on display within seven galleries. The collected objects are displayed within and upon custom glass tables. Ranging from the 1960s to today and largely selected from the CCA’s archives, the materials form a collection of primary documents evidencing the experimental venues, methods, and tools that architects have used to research and shape the urgent issues of their time. The exhibition begins with the display of an email and an architectural model. Black denim beanbag benches face a series of videos, impromptu stage and performance space at the center of the exhibition. 

Project Team: Michael Meredith, Hilary Sample, John Yurchyk, Michael Abel, Cyrus Dochow
Structural Consultant: Zak Kostura, Arup
The Other Architect was organized by CCA Chief Curator Giovanna Borasi, with graphic design by COCCU Christian Lange (Munich)
Photogapher:  Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

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The Other Architect (CCA)