Anna Neimark and Andrew Atwood

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League Prize 2015: Authenticity
Anna Neimark and Andrew Atwood
First Office
Los Angeles, CA

Anna Neimark and Andrew Atwood founded Los Angeles, California-based First Office in 2011. The practice covers a variety of scales, from furniture design to building headquarters, landscape interventions, and conceptual installations.

Past projects include Possible Table, Possible Mediums, an exhibition at Taubman College, University of Michigan; Paranormal Panorama, a temporary screening room for the film Kalte Probe, directed by Constanze Ruhm at the MAK Center, Mackey Garage Top in Los Angeles; and Pinterest Headquarters in San Francisco, a 45,000-sf office space conversion done in collaboration with the project designers all of the above.

Ongoing projects include Nine Essays, a book of essays and projects by Anna Neimark and Andrew Atwood, recently published by the Graham Foundation Treatise Press in Chicago; One-Room House, a residential commission in Los Angeles; and Shotgun House, Lexington, Kentucky, a Phase II finalist of the LuigART Maker Spaces Competition in 2014, and also exhibited at the Graham Foundation’s Treatise: Why Write Alone? in Chicago in 2015.

First Office’s project Peak on Peak, a study that uses the grid to deconstruct the form of a pyramid, received Honorable Mention for Think Space Past Forward Competition in 2012. Their conceptual project The Grid won Honorable Selection and was displayed in The Greatest Grid: The Master Plan of Manhattan exhibition organized by The Architectural League and the Museum of the City of New York in 2011. Zoopol, which explores connections between the concept of a city and the animal kingdom, received Honorable Mention in the Think Space Ecological Borders Competition in 2011.

Anna Neimark earned a B.A. in Architecture from Princeton University and a M.Arch from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Andrew Atwood earned a B.A. from the University of Richmond and a M.Arch from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Neimark is a full-time faculty member at SCI-Arc and Atwood is an assistant professor at UC Berkeley.

Visit the 2015 League Prize feature for more information about this year’s winners, the theme of Authenticity, lectures, and exhibition information. See the complete list of past winners here.