First Office | Lecture Video

The Architectural League Prize 2015
First Office
Anna Neimark and Andrew Atwood

Anna Neimark and Andrew Atwood founded Los Angeles-based design collaborative First Office in 2011.

Titled “Anna Neimark and Andrew Atwood Talk About Models,” the pair’s League Prize lecture details a series of their recent projects, through which runs the theme of “building models after the fact” to illustrate the work. They quickly describe three early projects: Zoopol, a conceptual study for producing a new urban form through the figure/ground plane; a series of monumental furniture parts for the Pinterest headquarters; and the Possible Table exhibition.

Neimark and Atwood then discuss Paranormal Panorama, a panoramic painting at Los Angeles’ MAK Center done completely in shades of white, using a “paint by numbers” specifications book, that gives the gallery a “domestic appearance.” Finally, the Shotgun House in Kentucky re-thinks the interior of that vernacular form by building four pathways into and out of each room, transforming it into a live/work/display space for an artist.


Anna Neimark earned a B.A. in Architecture from Princeton University and an M.Arch from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Andrew Atwood earned a B.A. from the University of Richmond and an 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.

The Architectural League Prize, established in 1981, recognizes exemplary and provocative work by young practitioners and provides a public forum for the exchange of their ideas.

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