Synopses & Reviews
Architect Brad Cloepfil and his innovative firm Allied Works Architecture have received significant and deserved attention over the past ten years, having designed a number of major and influential public, institutional, commercial and residential buildings. This comprehensive monograph covers all of Allied Works' important commissions--including the Seattle Art Museum, the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, and the recently awarded major commission to design the National Music Centre of Canada--and contains an extensive selection of images documenting each project. These include models, sketches, plans and site photos, as well as Victoria Sambunaris' context photography. The texts include useful essays by Sandy Isenstadt and Kenneth Frampton alongside writings by Cloepfil himself about his practice and individual projects. The book also features conversations between Cloepfil and a wide variety of individuals from different backgrounds, including artists Doug Aitken and Ann Hamilton, theologian Mark Taylor, botanist Eric Sanderson, information designer Ben Rubin, landscape architect Doug Reed and artisan/fabricator Jan Tichelaar. These highly readable dialogues bring to light numerous aspects of Cloepfil's approach to architecture as well as revealing a variety of personal elements that influence and inform his work.