Expanding Modes of Practice: WXY Studio

Claire Weisz and Adam Lubinsky of WXY Studio discuss their firm’s work in the first event of the online series.

May 5, 2020

Recorded April 3, 2020

Expanding modes of practice suggest that the center of architecture is shifting and cannot hold. They are also an invitation to think differently, a chance to reask the questions that haunted the 20th century: How to find shared realities? How to gather knowledge? How to practice?”

—Bryony Roberts, Log 48

The League and Log journal present a series of monthly Friday night conversations based on the recently published Log 48: Expanding Modes of Practice. Moderated by Bryony Roberts, guest editor of the issue, these online discussions bring together architects and designers whose work harnesses multiple modes of practice, exemplifying a “slipperiness” between fields. An online replacement for the insider’s view provided by the League’s First Friday programs, these informed but informal conversations are followed by a Q&A with attendees.

For the first event of this series, Claire Weisz and Adam Lubinsky of WXY Studio discussed their firm’s work, which fuses architecture, urban design, urban planning, and social practice to address many of the questions raised on Log 48. How to integrate community engagement into practice? What is the role of ethics in architecture? How can architects address the primal needs of people?

WXY Studio was founded by Claire Weisz and Mark Yoes together with Layng Pew and Adam Lubinsky. The New York-based multidisciplinary practice includes architecture, planning, policy, engineering, and landscape architecture, as well as urban, graphic, and industrial design. Fast Company named Claire and Adam among its Most Creative People in 2017 and WXY was one of the World’s Most Innovative Architecture Firms in 2019.

Bryony Roberts leads the New York design and research practice Bryony Roberts Studio and teaches architecture and historic preservation at Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. She was the guest editor of Log 48: Expanding Modes of Practice.

Founded in 2003, Log is an independent journal of critical observations on architecture and the contemporary city.

This program is a partnership between The Architectural League and Log.