WORK Architecture Company
Architecture stages relationships: between people, objects, spaces and places. Not only does it reveal existing affinities and connections, in the best cases, it creates new ones. WORKac operates at the edges of the discipline in collaboration with other fields to explore and re-invent the many intersections between architecture and the “everything else”. In particular, we believe the promise of new possibilities for Architecture to engage and shape the future lies in the revision of boundaries between the urban, the rural and the natural. Architecture is small, but it can tackle big ideas powerfully and playfully and engage the critical gravity of our time. Our work is committed to moving beyond the projected to the possible if we refashion architecture as a performative process and tool to reenvision our environment. We work hard with stubborn freshness, unshakable lightness and polemical optimism to learn from the past and imagine a different and better future.
WORKac’s recent projects include a masterplan for a new cultural center on New Holland Island in St. Petersburg, Russia, a renovation and addition to the Blaffer Art Museum in Houston, Texas, Edible Schoolyards PS216 and PS7 in Brooklyn and Harlem in association with Alice Water’s Chez Panisse Foundation, and a competition-winning Assembly Hall in Libreville, Gabon to be finished for the 2014 Summit of the African Union.
Dan Wood, AIA, LEED received his BA at the University of Pennsylvania and a Masters degree from Columbia University. Wood has taught at Princeton, the Cooper Union, Columbia University, Ohio State University and the Berkeley School of Environmental Design, as the Friedman Distinguished Chair. He will join the Yale School of Architecture as the Louis Kahn Chair in the fall of 2013. Wood is originally from Rhode Island and has lived in Paris and for many years in the Netherlands before moving to New York in 2002. He is a licensed architect in the State of New York.
Amale Andraos received her B.Arch from McGill University in Montreal and her M.Arch from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. She is a full-time Assistant Professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and has taught at numerous institutions including Princeton, Harvard and Columbia Universities, the University of Pennsylvania, the Parsons school of design, NY Institute of Technology and the American University in Beirut.
Andraos was born in Beirut, Lebanon. She has lived in Saudi Arabia, France, Canada and the Netherlands prior to moving to New York in 2002. She serves on the Architectural League of New York’s Board of Directors.