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

Installation
No. 13
Souvenir Pile
Location:
Arsenale, Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
Program:
Wall
Size:
1,200 Blocks of Various Sizes
Status:
Built, 2014

Souvenir Pile is a reconstitution of materials discovered in Pompeii at the House of Sallust, which was founded in the fourth century BC, built in 150 BC, uncovered in 1780, excavated in the early 1800s, bombed in World War II, and rebuilt in the 1970s. This cycle of preservation informs the concept and materiality of the installation. Each polyurethane resin block is part of a larger masonry system with embedded material that acts as a substitute for one of the 16 materials that make up the House, in proportion to its total composition. Visitors are allowed to take home one block as a souvenir, causing the installation to disappear over the course of the Biennale. Only the aluminum baseplates remain as the bricks have dispersed into a thousand different places worldwide. (This installation is part of Legible Pompeii, completed in collaboration with Lucia Allais and presented in the Monditalia pavilion at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale.)

In collaboration with Lucia Allais
Project Team: Michael Meredith, Hilary Sample, Griffin Ofiesh 
Fabrication: SWAL
Photographer: Benas Burdulis, Emil Froege, Griffin Ofiesh

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