A Talent Agency for the Built Environment

Athletes, actors, artists and other talent with a natural aptitude or skill have agents, managers and publicists representing them for diverse business purposes. ABOVE THE FOLD is at the forefront of providing these comprehensive services to architects, designers and other AEC industry professionals, with the mission to advance constructed environments across disciplines.

Agency founder John Patrick earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Tulane University in 2009. His previous experience includes business development positions at Alled Works, BIG, OMA and Rockwell Group. Since 2012, he has represented international talent and firms in securing over $250 million in new projects, cultivating strong collaborative relationships, garnering dozens of press placements and awards, and developing special projects.

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ABOVE THE FOLD's multidisciplinary roster includes a photographer, emerging design studios, and established international practices. Their collective experience encompasses award-winning projects of all scales—from retail, galleries and houses to museums, mixed-use developments and parks—in North America, South America, Europe and Asia. Understanding their unique profiles and ambitions, the agency strategically guides them through the process of realizing their potential. 

The agency's comprehensive approach has also proven to be resourceful to both public and private sector clients. In 2017, ABOVE THE FOLD celebrated the opening of True North in Detroit, the first built project to fully benefit from the agency's leading role in identifying the architect, overseeing press and communications, and providing the design team, the client, the community and the city with international exposure.

Commercial Observer, New York's authority on commercial real estate, names agency founder John Patrick one of the 20 A.E.C. Pros Under 35 to Watch.

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wHY GROUNDS proposes an undulating multi-modal Greenway to connect 53rd and 61st Streets along Manhattan’s FDR and East River.

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Preston Scott Cohen completes the Taubman Building at the University of Michigan, his firm's first academic building in the United States. 

WOHA celebrates the launch of their new product line, WOHAbeing, at M&O Paris 2017. 

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Center of Architecture: AIANY invites agency founder John Patrick to speak on a panel about positioning architects for new types of projects.

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DFA reveals design for a new 712-foot-tall Observation Tower in New York City's Central Park.

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Beginning with Dezeen, ABOVE THE FOLD's release of DFA's Central Park Observation Tower has resulted in 30+ international placements.

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wHY shortlisted to design a mixed-use development on a vacant 4.32-acre site minutes from Downtown Detroit.

wHY reveals the approved design for Asian Art Museum's $38 million expansion and renovation in San Francisco's Civic Center.

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EC3 has been selected to design a new immersive public space in the Bay area. 

True North selected for Detroit Design 139, an exhibition showcasing projects that respond to ten guiding principles crafted to benefit all Detroiters. 

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In collaboration with Reed Hilderbrand, EC3 named a finalist in the West Riverfront Park design competition. 

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True North designed by EC3 featured in AZURE's September issue. "A neglected form of military architecture to inspire a new vision of urban living."

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WOHA and EC3 featured in Grand Circus Magazine, a biannual magazine promoting a wide reading on the arts, architecture, music, and urbanism of Detroit.

Archinect features WOHA's design for a 104,000 sq. ft. hotel extension built in just 26 days.

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Architects Edwin Chan and Kulapat Yantrasast selected as ambassadors for the 2017 Leading Culture Destinations Awards. 

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Metropolitan Detroit's monthly magazine interviews Edwin Chan for a special architecture feature about True North.

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WOHA founders profiled in "Gardens in the Sky: WOHA's Sustainable Architecture" for being "determined to paint a tropical metropolis green."

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Kulapat Yantrasast profiled for "bringing a bold openness to museum design," following the completion of Marciano Art Foundation. 

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Edwin Chan presents "A Creative Journey" as part of AIA Detroit's monthly lecture series.

DFA founder Laith Sayigh interviewed about the studio's branding and design work for Design Within Reach. 

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Kulapat Yantrasast profiled in the premiere issue of LALA Magazine, the platform for Los Angeles' new zeitgeist.

True North by EC3 stands out among Detroit's newest developments. 

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A Q&A with Michael Chen of MKCA on Thoughtful Design and Innovative Living. "Today, the firm offers conceptually rich and innovative designs both for commercial and interiors projects."

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Writing for LE Miami's 'The Shift' blog, luxury travel expert Cynthia Rosenfeld looks ahead in "These Architects Should Design Your Next Hotel."

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CBS Sports catches word of ROSSETTI's $44 million re-design of Ford Field for the Detroit Lions' 2017 season.

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WOHA's Garden City Mega City tops Surface's February 2017 Booklist: Shades of Green.

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wHY unveils design for a new 'multipurpose masterpiece' for Christie's in Beverly Hills.

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The Real Deal reveals design for Christie's new West Coast flagship designed by wHY. 

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True North Detroit receives one of Architect Magazine's twelve 2017 P/A Awards.

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The Architect's Newspaper reports on wHY's design of Christie's LA Flagship and other West Coast projects. 

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The new QLINE lightrail, with stations designed by ROSSETTI, will connect one of Detroit's most vital arteries.

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AD publishes an exclusive first-look at MKCA's re-design of a NYC attic. 

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MKCA's Michael Chen interviewed about 'Shopping for Chairs' in the Real Estate section.

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Projects by wHY and WOHA featured in "25 Masterpieces that Prove 2016 was an Incredible Year for Architecture."

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WOHA's Oasia Hotel Downtown lands the cover of Hospitality Design's 'Trendspotting' issue for its biophilic design.

wHY's Speed Art Museum one of four international museums profiled in a special feature on projects challenging the status quo.

ROSSETTI earns Honorable Mention in the facade category for Grandstand Stadium.

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EC3 founder Edwin Chan profiled in "Simple Measures." Michael Webb writes, "Phase two of this architect’s life should be as exciting and productive as the first."

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Edwin Chan/EC3's design for True North in Detroit begins to take shape.

WOHA's Kampung Admiralty receives first prize in the Commercial Mixed-Use Future Projects category. 

HS2 Architecture collaborates with Acne Studios' in-house creative team on the Swedish fashion brand's global flagship.

wHY founding partner Kulapat Yantrasast participates in Decoding Asian Urbanism symposium at Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Sky Landing by Yoko Ono, a collaboration with wHY, opens to the public in Jackson Park, Chicago.

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Michael Webb reviews WOHA's Garden City Mega City, declaring "This book is a call to action that every planner and politician should read. But will they act?”.

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Edwin Chan among the leading architects commissioned to imagine the Paris/L.A. fusion city of Oh La La Land.

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In depth coverage on wHY's three-phase master plan for Chicago's historic Jackson Park. 

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ROSSETTI featured in "Kinetic Buildings — Movable Feasts: Dynamic structures with large-scale operable elements adapt and transform, responding to changing needs."

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Last Chance to See: WOHA's Garden City Mega City exhibition at The Skyscraper Museum closes on Sunday, September 18th.

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Aerial construction view of True North site plan as designed by Edwin Chan/EC3. 

ABOVE THE FOLD launches a new website by Mary Voorhees Meeghan and Floatbit.

ABOVE THE FOLD and John Patrick profiled in "Representing a New Vanguard in Architecture and Design."

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ROSSETTI and Arthur Ashe Stadium's new retractable roof featured in "The Fantastically Engineered Roof Floating Over the U.S. Open."

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Rafael Gamo selected to photograph the Arthur Ashe Stadium Roof, Grandstand Stadium and 42-acre grounds during the 2016 US Open. 

True North by Edwin Chan/EC3 featured in Dwell editors' picks of the latest projects and products. 

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David Dunlap reports on "How the Roof Was Raised at Arthur Ashe Stadium" in his Building Blocks column. 

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Kampung Admiralty by WOHA featured in "This nature-filled community is a smart housing solution for Singapore’s aging population."

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Construction well underway on Kampung Admiralty, Singapore's first integrated public development designed by WOHA. Opening mid-2017.

James Gardner offers a balanced review of ROSSETTI's design for the United States Tennis Association's "Sports Spectacle" master plan.

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WOHA at the forefront of planning and designing architecture for "cool cities."

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ROSSETTI interviewed about the improvements and "little surprises" to expect at the US Open this year. 

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EC3 founder Edwin Chan and ABOVE THE FOLD founder John Patrick interviewed for the front page story about "True North."

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wHY-designed Speed Art Museum featured in the Fall issue. 

Intercon Green notes that "WOHA approaches the next era of urban development with an added facet of caution."

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Frame Denim opening Christian Halleröd and HS2-designed store in SoHo, New York this Summer. 

Preston Scott Cohen's design for a major building expansion at the University of Michigan is under construction.

WOHA featured in Architectural Digest's "These 6 New Buildings Are the Future of Sustainable Architecture."

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The Real Deal interviews John Patrick in The Making of a Starchitect and Building Outside the Box.

USTA and ROSSETTI demonstrate Arthur Ashe Stadium's new retractable roof in advance of the 2016 US Open.

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Edwin Chan/EC3 chosen to design a major exhibition at the Bass Museum of Art in Miami, opening Spring 2017. 

WOHA's efforts to green Singapore featured in The Real Deal South Florida

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ArchDaily publishes "Waterfall Pavilion" by wHY and artist Rirkrit Tiravanija for the LA Public Art Biennial.

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Curbed profiles WOHA for "greening Singapore's urban core."

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EC3's design for True North, a new live/work community in Detroit, receives necessary variances for construction.

wHY's collaboration with Yoko Ono on SKY LANDING in Chicago the cover story for TRIB's Summer issue.

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WOHA and wHY named finalists for Architectural Digest's 2016 AD Innovator Award in Architecture.

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Architectural Digest details ROSSETTI's design for the largest retractable roof of any tennis stadium. 

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ABOVE THE FOLD participates in a community engagement event for a new Detroit project designed by EC3.

Aspire Home + Design interviews Kulapat Yantrasast for 'Dinner Guest' Column. 

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WOHA's exhibition "Fragments of an Urban Future" on view at the 2016 Venice Biennale.

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Robb Report features USTA's new ROSSETTI-designed Grandstand Stadium.

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dbusiness, Detroit's premier business magazine, covers ROSSETTI's master plan for the National Tennis Center.

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WOHA shortlisted for five 2016 World Architecture Festival Awards.

wHY's Grounds Workshop completes "Court: A Garden Within Reach," designed to make gardening accessible.

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A city on the move. A city on the rise. A city important in time.

Up in the trusses of Arthur Ashe Stadium touring The Real Deal's architecture critic 

WOHA and Pesaro Publishing officially release two decades of research and projects in Garden City Mega City.

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Stamberg Aferiat named a finalist to design a ground-up rental building in the Bronx.

wHY and Speed Art Museum featured on the cover of art4D, an architecture, art and design magazine based in Bangkok.

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MKCA awarded a citation in the 2016 Architect Magazine R&D Awards

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Eater Detroit announces the ROSSETTI-designed Maru Sushi opening in Downtown Detroit

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The Monocle Minute previews Garden City Mega City in "Green Guide."

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MKCA designs small spaces that rival big ones, Aspire Home + Design reports.

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Stamberg Aferiat's design for a new office building and parking garage in Staten Island inspired by artist Al Held.

YIMBY publishes exclusive look at the new Grandstand Stadium by ROSSETTI.

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WOHA's Skyville @ Dawson named a finalist for the CTBUH 2016 Urban Habitat Award.

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wHY releases design for Latvian Museum of Contemporary Art in Riga.

MKCA launches a new website to showcase their practice's data-driven, future craft approach to collaboration, the environment and micro living.

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ABOVE THE FOLD leads the local press announcement for wHY's collaboration with Yoko Ono on SKY LANDING in Jackson Park. 

Interior Design highlights WOHA's exhibition in "Early Venice Standouts Build a Brighter Future."

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Saguaro Palm Springs by Stamberg Aferiat named 3rd most instagrammed hotel in the world. 

Travel + Leisure features wHY's Speed Art Museum in "The World's Most Beautiful New Museums." 

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Preston Scott Cohen completes schematic design for the Sarmiento Performing Arts Center in Bogota.

wHY completes Larry Gagosian's eighteenth gallery in burgeoining San Francisco. 

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Architectural Record reviews the new Speed Art Museum by wHY and highlight's their creative process.

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MKCA named a finalist for a new condo building adjacent Prospect Park in Brooklyn. 

WOHA featured in Curbed's "Tower as Trellis: A Plant-Covered High-Rise Reimagines Tropical Buildings."

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WOHA one of thirty practices shortlisted for the Royal Institute of British Architect's 2016 International Prize.

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EC3's design for Mulholland Drive Residence in Beverly Hills receives approval from Mulholland Corridor Review Committee to proceed. 

Preston Scott Cohen's design for Revolving Detroit revealed in The Architect's Newspaper.

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Dwell interviews Peter Stamberg in "Champions of Color: Enlivening Remarkable Space."

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Architect Magazine interviews TAKTL about its "Path from Research Spin-Off to Full-Fledged Fabricator."

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Surface Magazine features the "Speed Art Museum's Overhaul" and wHY's act of "acupuncture architecture" in the May issue.

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WOHA's design for the sustainable, 960-unit housing development Skyville @ Dawson captured by drone.

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wHY and Kulapat Yantrasast in the inaugural issue of the San Francisco Chronicle's Habitat Magazine.

wHY's design for Downtown Los Angeles' new 6-acre park revealed in The Los Angeles Times.

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The Architect's Newspaper gets a first look at Detroit's proposed MLS Stadium by ROSSETTI.

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The Wall Street Journal names Detroit and Singapore in "Five Cities That Are Leading the Way in Urban Innovation."

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World Architects concludes, "WOHA's ideas on dense, literally green tall buildings are eminently realizable."

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The Architect's Newspaper writes, "WOHA's public housing project [Skyville @ Dawson] stands out as an exempler." 

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Architectural Digest reports on the wHY-designed makeover of Kentucky's largest and oldest cultural institution. 

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A sombering day with the news that Dame Zaha Hadid, among the most visionary architects of our time, has passed. 

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Pomona College Studio Art Hall nominated for the 2016 Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize.

Architectural Record publishes, "WOHA designs with exuberance—using snaking balconies and colorful panels to give life to their buildings..."

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wHY-designed Harvard Art Museums named "Best College Art Museum." 

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Wallpaper* reveals the Speed Art Museum's new $50 million makeover by wHY.

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Dwell previews Garden City Mega City and profiles WOHA in "The architecture firm working to bring nature into the skyscraper."

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The New York Times profiles the new Speed Art Museum in its Spring Museums Section. 

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Forbes profiles the technology of TAKTL in "New Concrete Materials Are More Green Than Gray."

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Alan Brake previews the expansion of the Speed Art Museum in advance of its opening. 

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Rafael Gamo commissioned to photograph the exteriors and interiors of the new Speed Art Museum. 

Whitewall Magazine, a premium contemporary art and luxury lifestyle magazine, previews the Speed Art Museum in its final moments of construction. 

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wHY shortlisted in the international competition to create an $80 million expansion plan for the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.

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Interior Design features Kulapat Yantrasast in 10 Questions With...

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wHY selected to design an expansion and new galleries for the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco. 

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HS2 commissioned to design a beachfront home in Boca Grande, Florida, a small residential community on Gasparilla Island. 

ASPIRE Home + Design interviews Edwin Chan about his collaboration with Piero Golia and Nasher Sculpture Center on "Chalet."

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TAKTL announces expansion into a 140,000 square-foot historic manufacturing plant in Pittsburgh.

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wHY's New York office profiled inThe Architect's Newspaper's Studio Visit column for February issue. 

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wHY named an international finalist to design the future Latvian Museum of Contemporary Art in Riga. 

Crain's Detroit Business publishes John Patrick's OpEd "Detroit needs diverse, contemporary design to thrive in the 21st century" in January/February issue.

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Pomona College Studio Art Hall and wHY featured in Wired Magazine's "The Amazing Architecture That Captivated Us in 2015."

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YIMBY reports that the Landmarks Preservation Commission has approved HS2's transformation of a 19th-century Anglo-Italianate-style rowhouse in Brooklyn Heights. 

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An international jury shortlists wHY for the new Centre for Nanoscience & Nanotechnology at Tel Aviv University. 

ICON's February issue features Acne Studios Horatio Street by HS2 Architecture and Sophie Hicks Architects.

Venice Beach House featured in "The inside-out house" in The Times Magazine.

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Wallpaper* features Kordansky Gallery in "LA's new wave of galleries blend art and architecture."

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The New York Observer interviews Stamberg Aferiat about loft living. 

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HS2 unveils design for the 160,000 square-foot interiors of Delta Holdings Headquarters in Belgrade. 

wHY named a finalist in the international competition to re-design Pershing Square in Downtown Los Angeles.

NOWNESS features and produces a film for "In Residence: Kulapat Yantrasast," a series inside the homes of celebrated architects, designers and artists.

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UN/FOLDING WILSHIRE by wHY praised for "shining an implicit light on the particular oddities and shortcomings that define urban planning in L.A."

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Venice Beach House, the residence of wHY founder Kulapat Yantrasast, featured as the cover story of Design Anthology. 

wHY's restoration and redesign of Jackson Park advances to phase two, breaks ground on Yoko Ono sculpture.

wHY-designed SAMURAI exhibition receives a Professional Notable Award from Core77. 

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HS2 named a finalist to design Adidas' new Brooklyn Creative Studio to capitalize on the borough's creative talent pool and hip vibe.

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Preston Scott Cohen named a finalist to design the University of Toronto's new Centre for Civilizations and Cultures.

ABOVE THE FOLD and HS2 Architecture interviewed in The New York Times Business section.  

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WSJ Magazine reveals new products as part of Kulapat Yantrasast's new appointment as Creative Director of Louisville Stoneware. 

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Architects + Artisans profiles ABOVE THE FOLD and John Patrick in "Above the Fold: Agent for Architects."

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Haute Living interviews "John Patrick on his Top 5 Skylines." 

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Christie's interviews wHY about their interior and gallery designs at Harvard Art Museums. 

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ArchDaily features Pace Gallery by HS2 Architecture.

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Inc. Magazine interviews John Patrick about "How to Use LinkedIn to Grow Your Business."

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Design & Trend gets John Patrick to "Talk Inspirations, Design Philosophies & Speeding."

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EC3 named a finalist in competition to design Shraman Foundation's new mixed-use headquarters in Dallas. 

Cultured Magazine profiles ABOVE THE FOLD founder John Patrick in Winter 2014 issue.

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wHY and HS2 top Interior Design's list of "5 Stunning Garage Conversions."

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6sqft interviews "HS2 Architecture’s Tom and Jane Talk Residential Design and Their 20-Year Collaboration."

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HS2's design for "An Expansive Tennessee Farmhouse on 750 Acres" published in Houzz. 

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Beit Shemesh Community Museum by Preston Scott Cohen under construction in Israel. 

HS2 selected to collaborate with Dror on the iconic redevelopment of 350 Bowery Street in New York. 

HS2 named a finalist to convert a five-story building in TriBeCa, a landmark historic district in New York. 

Stamberg Aferiat named a finalist to design the interiors of 1919 Market Street in Philadelphia.

The Plan features Shelter Island Pavilion by Stamberg Aferiat on the cover. 

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Preston Scott Cohen named an international finalist to design a new cultural center in Bogota. 

HS2 named a finalist to redesign and expand Chicago's historic 360 Michigan Avenue into a luxury hotel. 

MARK magazine reviews Stamberg Aferiat's Shelter Island Pavilion in "An Architectural Dream State."

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Wallpaper* covers Stamberg Aferiat's design for Frank Gehry exhibition at Gemini G.E.L./Joni Moisant Weyl gallery. 

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Preston Scott Cohen named an international finalist to design the Winnipeg Art Gallery's new Inuit Art & Learning Centre. 

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DFA
Architecture & Planning Interiors

Founded in 2012 by Laith Sayigh, DFA is a firm committed to delivering exceptional design that is every bit aligned with contemporary lifestyles and culture as it is budget, schedule and environmentally conscious. DFA's built works include 20+ retail studios for Design Within Reach, two mixed-use buildings in Miami and several interior renovations. 

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Design Within Reach © Craig Rockwell

EC3
Architecture & Planning

EC3, the practice of Hong Kong-born, Los Angeles-based architect Edwin Chan, was founded following more than two decades working as a design partner at Gehry Partners. EC3's growing body of work includes a 5,500 square foot residence integrated into the Hollywood hills on Mulholland Drive for a French art collector and his family, a progressive live/work community in Detroit, set design for a new theater production of the classic tale Frankenstein, reinterpreted for the 21st century, and a new 22-story mixed-use building in Bogota, Colombia.

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True North in Detroit © Jason Keen

MKCA
Architecture & Planning Interiors

Based in New York City, MKCA is dedicated to data-driven, crafted and innovative design, in thinking about the future and creatively developing contemporary solutions with historic contexts. MKCA is most famous for its micro apartments and housing developments spanning from new construction to gut renovations. 

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Nano-Biome Building Skin © MKCA

Preston Scott Cohen
Architecture & Planning

Since 1989, Preston Scott Cohen has been distinguished for both his architectural projects and his leadership at Harvard Graduate School of Design. His built works include Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Datong Central Library, Goodman House, Goldman Sachs Arcade Canopy in New York, and Keystone School Performing Arts Center in Beijing.

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Tel Aviv Museum of Art © Hufton + Crow

Rafael Gamo
Photography

Trained as both an architect and a photographer, Rafael Gamo’s images capture the essence of a place and the experience of a building. His work is frequently published in magazines and books, including Architecture at Large, CC Arquitectos, Freda Escobedo, Gensler, HS2 Architecture, Legoretta, and wHY, among others.

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"Weaving the Courtyard," PS1 MoMA 2016 YAP © Rafael Gamo

Stamberg Aferiat
Architecture & Planning Interiors

Stamberg Aferiat + Associates is a comprehensive design firm based in New York City, with their signature touch amplifies the potential of any site or program. Founders Peter Stamberg and Paul Aferiat have designed an interior and exterior re-envisioning of the personal residences of Edward Larabee Barnes and Charles Gwathmey’s personal homestead and a sustainable Cubist re-examination of Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona Pavilion.

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Stuyvesant Historic House Expansion © SAA

Studio Pez
Architecture & Planning

Studio Pez founders Pedro Peña Jurado and Daniel Zarhy formed their own practice in 2011 after working together at Herzog & De Meuron only to receive the commission to design the Jerusalem’s new Courthouse. The Tel Aviv and Basel-based studio has since won numerous prestigious projects, and searches for new interfaces between program, context and architectural ideas.

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Jerusalem Courthouse © StudioPEZ

TAKTL
Manufacturers

TAKTL, both a company and a product, is bringing Pittsburgh’s legacy of material innovation into the 21st century. Working with some of the world’s leading architects and clients, the company has manufactured Architectural Ultra High Performance Concrete (A|UHPC) products for a variety of projects including the National Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington, DC, among many others. 

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Panel in Arbos Texture © TAKTL

wHY
Architecture & Planning Landscape & Urban Design Interiors

Founded by Kulapat Yantrasast in 2004, wHY is an ideas driven practice with 30 people in 3 offices, organized as four workshops. The type and scale of projects that wHY has completed are diverse, ranging from collaborating with artists on installations to leading  teams in the design and realization of large, complex buildings and urban designs, including a collaboration with Yoko Ono on SKY LANDING in Chicago, as well as numerous residences, galleries and exhibitions. 

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Tel Aviv University Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology © wHY

WOHA
Architecture & Planning

Working at the mega-scale, Singapore-based WOHA’s practice is focused on imagining built environments for the issues of our time: climate change, density, social issues, and globalization. Their housing, hospitality, mixed-use and workplace projects exhibit sensitivity to context and the environment.WOHA’s awards include the Aga Khan Award for Architecture and the Royal British Institute of Architects’ Lubetkin Award.

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Kampung Admiralty for Aging Populations, Opening Summer 2017 © WOHA

DFA
Architecture & Planning

DFA, the New York City-based design studio of British-born designer Laith Sayigh, is a firm committed to delivering exceptional design that is every bit aligned with contemporary lifestyles and culture as it is budget, schedule and environmentally conscious. DFA's built works include 20+ retail studios for Design Within Reach, two mixed-use buildings in Miami and several interior renovations. Current projects include several ground-up buildings for Design Within Reach, a private house in the Hollywood Hills and three conceptual projects for designing a healthier, more connected New York City. 

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Hospitality Proposal for the Historic Castle of Roccamandolfi © DFA

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Central Park Observation Tower © DFA

EC3
Architecture & Planning

Represented by ABOVE THE FOLD since 2014, EC3 is the cross-disciplinary practice of the Los Angeles-based architect Edwin Chan. He founded the firm in 2013 following more than two decades working as a design partner at Gehry Partners, where he led the design of several international projects, ranging from Guggenheim Bilbao and Fondation Louis Vuitton to Opus Hong Kong and Danish Cancer Center, as well as a law school, university museum and corporate cafeteria in the United States. EC3's growing portfolio has included the award-winning affordable live/work real estate development True North in Detroit; a contemporary tower in the hisotric center of Bogota, Colombia; a master plan and mixed-use building in the LA Arts District; a 5,500 square foot residence in Hollywood hills on Mulholland Drive; and several projects dedicated to the arts, ranging from theater sets and exhibitions to galleries and museums.

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EC3 founder Edwin Chan © Chris Miele

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Guggenheim Helsinki © EC3

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True North Detroit © Chris Miele

MKCA
Architecture & Planning

Based in New York City, MKCA’s work is dedicated to data-driven, crafted and innovative design, and ranges from the pioneering model micro-apartment to creatively developing contemporary solutions with historic contexts. Steadily growing since 2011, Michael Chen and his team are completing their largest project to date: a 9,500 square foot townhouse located on the Upper East Side, Other projects include the complete renovation of a Brooklyn brownstone and an One Madison Park apartment, as well as concepts for micro-housing development. In 2016, MKCA received a citation in the Architect Magazine R&D Awards for their Nano-biome Building Skin. 

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MKCA founder Michael Chen © Alan Tansey

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Upper East Side Townhouse © Alan Tansey

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Attic Transformer © Alan Tansey

Preston Scott Cohen
Architecture & Planning

Since its inception in 1989, the projects of PSC, Inc. have been distinguished for their innovative geometries, integration with the environment, and architectural forms, which are influenced by organizational principles suited to the particular programs, circumstances and aspirations of public and private clients. Preston Scott Cohen’s built works include Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Datong Central Library, Goodman House, Goldman Sachs Arcade Canopy in New York, and Keystone School Performing Arts Center in Beijing. Current projects include a new Performing Arts Center in Bogota, and the expansion to the University of Michigan’s Art & Architecture Building in Ann Arbor. Preston Scott Cohen is a tenured professor at Harvard Graduate School of Design and widely recognized with numerous international awards, lectures and press. 

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PSC, Inc. founder Preston Scott Cohen

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University of Michigan Taubman Building © Jason Keen

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Herta and Paul Amir Building, Tel Aviv Museum of Art © Amit Geron

Stamberg Aferiat + Associates
Architecture & Planning

Founded in 1989, the eponymous firm of Peter Stamberg and Paul Aferiat presents a groundbreaking portfolio of residential and commercial projects that challenge the status quo and invite the world to talk about design. Masters of color, materials and form, the work of Stamberg Aferiat is widely published by international publications and recognized for its effortless style, unique sense of place and timeless beauty. Their built works include the Saguaro Hotels in Scottsdale, AZ, and Palm Springs, CA, expansions to iconic residences by legendary architects Richard Meier, Charles Gwathmey, and others, gallery and showroom designs for Gemini G.E.L. and the Byrd Hoffman Foundation, and several urban dwellings for art collectors and business innovators. Since 1994, Stamberg and Aferiat’s line of furniture — the Salsa Collection — has been in production by Knoll. In 2012, Rizzoli Publications released a second edition of their monograph.

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SAA founders Peter Stamberg and Paul Aferiat © Paul Warchol

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Saguaro Hotel Palm Springs © SAA/Sydell Group

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Shelter Island Pavilion © Paul Warchol

Studio PEZ
Architecture & Planning

When asked about their philosophy, Studio PEZ founders Pedro Peña Jurado and Daniel Zarhy reference a statement by writer and essayist Walter Serner, “Never dramatize, always simplify.” Founded in 2011, after working togeter at Herzog & De Meuron, and upon winning a major international competition to design the new Jerusalem Courthouse, Studio Pez has since gone on to work on projects in Holland, Switzerland and Israel, as well as place in several competitions in South Korea and throughout Europe. Most recently, the studio was a finalist to design a new Centre for Nanoscience & Nanotechnology at Tel Aviv University, exercising a shared commitment to “an active search for new ways of thinking about the interfaces between program, context and architectural ideas in their relationship to art and society.”

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Studio PEZ founders Daniel Zahry and Pedro Peña © Studio PEZ

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Jerusalem Courthouse © StudioPEZ

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Staff Residences Sorasky Medical Center © StudioPEZ

wHY
Architecture & Planning

Founded by Kulapat Yantrasast in 2004 and represented by ABOVE THE FOLD since 2013, wHY is a Los Angeles- and New York City-based practice that has developed a reputation for creating holistic, sustainable solutions that integrate culture into our everyday lives. Both Kulapat and wHY have been featured in numerous publications as one of the United States' top emerging practices. The firm's projects range from art buildings to mixed-use developments, parks, houses and creative workspaces, as well as artist collaborations, galleries, exhibitions and installations. Recent built works include the Speed Art Museum, Pomona College Studio Art Hall, Venice Beach House, Kordansky Gallery, and Sky Landing, a permanent public artwork by Yoko Ono. 

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wHY founder Kulapat Yantrasast © Richard Powers

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Pomona College Studio Art Hall © Iwan Baan

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Speed Art Museum © Rafael Gamo

WOHA
Architecture & Planning

Founded by Mun Summ Wong and Richard Hassell in Singapore in 1994 and represented by ABOVE THE FOLD since 2016, WOHA’s practice is focused on imagining built environments for the issues of our time: climate change, density, social issues, and globalization. Their resulting designs are prized for a sensitivity to context and the environment, as well as for programmatic, amenity-driven innovation. Widely published and exhibition internationally, WOHA has also received several prestigious awards, including the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, Royal British Institute of Architects’ Lubetkin Award for the best new building outside the European Union, and the Jørn Utzon Award from the Australian Institute of Architects. Major built works include: PARKROYAL on Pickering, SkyVille@Dawson, Oasia Hotel Downtown, and The Met in Bangkok. Current projects range from Vanke Cloud City in Shenzhen and Mandala Park in Jakarta to master planning for the Singapore Institute of Technology, real estate firms and city agencies. 

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WOHA founders Richard Hassell and Mun Summ Wong © Wong Jing Wei

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Oasia Hotel Downtown © Patrick Bingham-Hall

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Crowne Plaza Hotel & Extension © Patrick Bingham-Hall

wHY GROUNDS
Landscape & Urban Design

Collaborating in-house and with other architecture firms, wHY’s Grounds Workshop operates with a mission to provide creative, tangible solutions for a variety of public and private clients including: city agencies, institutions, foundations, universities, real estate groups, and private owners. Recent projects include: The Court: A Garden Within Reach, a 9,000-square-foot garden designed for people with physical limitations; the landscapes at Kordansky Gallery; Pomona College Studio Art Hall; and the indoor-outdoor courtyards for the Latvian Museum of Contemporary Art in Riga. In 2016, as part of a high-profile international competition, wHY submitted a $50 million proposal for the re-design of a public, six-acre park in Downtown Los Angeles. Ongoing projects include the redesign of Jackson Park in Chicago, the historic Olmsted-designed park and future home to Obama’s Presidential Center, a new office park in Indiana, the rooftop garden of Asian Art Museum and the master plan for the new Worcester, MA, Cultural District. 

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Pershing Green © wHY / Luxigon

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East Midtown Greenway © wHY

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Ross Pavilion & Gardens © wHY

DFA
Interiors

In addition to Architecture & Planning, the New York City-based studio DFA specializes in Interiors for the residential and commercial sectors. In New York, the firm has overseen the renovation of the public spaces of a Co-Op, the Council of Fashion Designers of America's headquarters and a private rooftop addition. The firm has also designed temporary spaces including a sales office for a luxury condo development in Brooklyn. 

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Temporary real estate sales office in Brooklyn © DFA

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Penthouse renovation on West 19th Street in Manhattan © DFA

MKCA
Interiors

Practicing in New York City, MKCA formed in 2011 with several smaller scale interior projects, including the model micro apartment.” Approaching each project with a commitment to future craft, MKCA’s projects fuse the smart usage of space with new materials and fabrication techniques. The firm’s growing body of work presents a range of interior innovations applicable in starter studios to multi-level residences. When asked to decorate, MKCA collaborates with clients on curating and collecting rather than codifying and consuming. Recent projects include the efficient re-design of a forgotten attic in Greenwich Village to a gut-renovation and complete re-design of a 9,000 square foot townhouse in Manhattan’s exclusive Lenox Hill neighborhood. Such projects and successful collaborations with manufacturers, artists and makers are increasingly gaining the attention of clients and media looking to discover what’s next. 

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5 to 1 Apartment © Alan Tansey

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Upper East Side Townhouse © MKCA

Stamberg Aferiat + Associates
Interiors

Stamberg Aferiat, experts in transitional interiors with a success line for Knoll designs, the firm serves as a go-to collaborator for clients aiming to make a big impact with minimal effort. Their creative energy moves from outdoors to indoors, and reflects the lifestyle of inhabitants, the mission of a foundation, or the essence of an exhibition. For nearly thirty years, their understanding of what’s important and what’s fresh has merged to create singular, legible interiors that amplify rather than distract, heighten rather than reduce. Their muted interior projects include the Byrd Hoffman Foundation, Groupe JS Showroom, Frick Collection’s Pied-a-Terre and Badgley Mischka Showroom, among others. Those more bright and filled with color include the award-winning Saguaro Hotels, the Gemini G.E.L. gallery, Old Town Whiskey restaurant, Rudolf Bauer exhibition at Sotheby’s, and numerous private houses and apartments. 

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Shelter Island Pavilion © Paul Warchol

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Salsa Collection by Knoll

Rafael Gamo
Photography

Trained as both an architect and a photographer, Rafael Gamo’s images capture the spirit and essence of a place, as well as the architectural experience of a building. Based in New York and Mexico City, he frequently travels to document diverse project types that differ in scale. His clients range from emerging contemporary practices to multi-national corporate offices. Recent projects photographed by Rafael Gamo include Escobedo Solíz Studio’s “Weaving the Courtyards” as part of MoMA PS1’s Young Architects Program, the 200,000 square foot Speed Art Museum by wHY, the Thomson Los Cabos by JSa, the BBVA Bank Operations and Data Centers by SOM and the new Arthur Ashe Roof and Grandstand Stadium at the National Tennis Center in New York by ROSSETTI. His images are frequently published in magazines and books, including Domus, Casabella, Architectural Record, Wallpaper*, Cultured, ICON, MARK, and Architectural Digest Mexico.

 

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Speed Art Museum © Rafael Gamo

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"Weaving the Courtyard," PS1 MoMA Young Architects Program © Rafael Gamo

TAKTL
Manufacturers

TAKTL, both a company and a product, is based in Pittsburgh, a place with a significant legacy of material innovation dating back to the American industrial revolution. The design and manufacturing company specializes in integrating material research and development, technological innovation, and modular manufacturing processes to produce architectural Ultra High Performance Concrete (A|UHPC) products. Primarily in the form of building facades and surfaces, but quickly expanding into other applications, TAKTL is being utilized by architects and end-users for large-scale real estate developments, university and cultural buildings, and healthcare facilities. Since its founding in 2011, TAKTL has been recognized by leading publications including Forbes and ARCHITECT Magazine for its commitment to sustainability and advancing the built environment.

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Panel in Arbos Texture © TAKTL

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Swarthmore College Matchbox Wellness + Fitness Center © TAKTL