Marble Fairbanks and SITU STUDIO
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Join Marble Fairbanks and SITU STUDIO at their offices for drinks, informal conversation, and a behind the scenes look at recent and upcoming projects. This program is part of First Friday, a monthly opportunity for League members to visit the offices of leading design practices to see work on the boards and learn more about the offices’ organization and design processes. These informal social gatherings feature happy hour drinks arranged by the host office.
Founding partners Karen Fairbanks and Scott Marble, both practitioners and educators, lead Marble Fairbanks, an architecture, design, and research firm with simultaneous interests in theory and practice.
The firm’s recent work centers on cultural and institutional projects, including the newly opened Glen Oaks Library (a branch of the Queens Borough Public Library), NYU Abu Dhabi’s New York City offices, and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism Toni Stabile Student Center, which received an AIA Honor Award in Architecture.
Working at the intersection of architecture, art, and craftsmanship, SITU STUDIO exemplifies an integrated design-build practice. Founded in 2005 when its four partners – Aleksey Lukyanov-Cherny, Basar Girit, Bradley Samuels, and Wes Rozen – were studying architecture at The Cooper Union, SITU STUDIO is a research, design, and fabrication firm based in Brooklyn. The firm’s work illustrates their commitment to the creation of “processes that leverage fabrication efficiencies, material re-use, flexible assemblies, and community involvement.”
Through collaborations with individuals and groups outside of the field, the office frequently applies design thinking to societal problems. This past summer, for example, SITU partnered with start-up Drive Change to build food trucks that employ previously incarcerated youth.
Other recent projects include reOrder, a site-specific architectural environment at the Brooklyn Museum and Heartwalk, a public art installation and winner of the 2013 Times Square Valentine’s Day Heart Design Competition.
Offices of SITU STUDIO and Marble Fairbanks
20 Jay Street, 2nd Floor (both offices are located on the 2nd floor)