Studio NMinusOne Architects /
Founded in San Francisco by Carol Moukheiber and Christos Marcopoulos, Studio (n-1) Architects works — with playful attention — on projects traversing different scales from urban design and architecture, and building assemblies to domestic objects, manuals and clothing. The built and conceptual projects, along with the physical prototypes have served as experiments for a flirtatious architecture that plays an active/subjective role — where all matter is recognized as vital, dynamic and expressive in shaping the perceptual experience of the inhabitant. Harnessing the intimacy of the domestic scale, the work has focused on the home as an immersive environment — one capable of generating new sensations— through the enhancement or recalibration of its infrastructure, or set of programs. Explicit are the physiological interactions of the body, through material and informational processes. With the incorporation of computational power into building matter, the animation of architecture is motivated further by issues of physical, psychological, and environmental wellness and delight. The firm’s work has been acquired by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and has been published widely in academic and mainstream media including The New York Times Magazine, Praxis Journal of Architecture and Domus. The studio is the recipient of the Architectural League of New York, Emerging Voices 2012 award.
Carol Moukheiber is an Assistant Professor at the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto. Prior to this, she was Adjunct Professor of Architecture at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco for several years, and worked for design offices including SOM, and Bruce Mau Design in New York and Toronto. She is the Founder and co-Director of RAD, Responsive Architecture at Daniels which is probing the impact of emerging technologies on the physical environment. She is the co-author of The Living, Breathing, Thinking Responsive Buildings of the Future [Thames & Hudson 2012] and co-editor of Wild Wild Urbanism, Redesigning California [CCA 2006].
Christos Marcopoulos is an architect and Assistant Professor at the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto. Prior to this, he was Adjunct Professor of Architecture at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco and lecturer at UC Berkeley. For several years he worked as a project architect at OMA (Rem Koolhaas) in Rotterdam, and SOM in San Francisco. He is an Investigator at RAD, Responsive Architecture at Daniels, working at the intersection of architecture and responsive systems. He is the co-author of The Living, Breathing, Thinking Responsive Buildings of the Future [Thames & Hudson 2012] and co-editor of Wild Wild Urbanism, Redesigning California [CCA 2006].
Professional Practice, Research and the RAD LAB /
Carol Moukheiber initiated the RAD Lab as a way to research these emerging responsive technologies. The lab’s aim among other things, is to function as a resource for research and practice. Its mission is to act as a platform where issues of health, adaptive spaces, structural responsiveness, energy conservation/harvesting, and atmospheric/climatic mediation, provoke multi-disciplinary engagement — where cognitive scientists, ecologists, engineers, and medical professionals are brought together to tackle problems coalescing around such questions as the future of the home, the workplace or the healthcare environment — in ways that are socially and ecologically beneficial.
Studio NMinusOne collaborators and team members /
Jonah Ross Marrs (RAD)
Samar Sabie (RAD)
Rodolphe el-Khoury (RAD)
Michael de Jong
Dina Sabie (RAD)
Sebastian Savone (RAD)
Yi Ping See