April 7, 2017
Join MOS at its office for drinks, conversation, and a behind the scenes look at their ongoing work. The League’s First Fridays are monthly opportunities 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 brief office tours and presentations along with happy hour drinks arranged by the host office.
In 2003, principals Hilary Sample and Michael Meredith founded MOS, a New York-based architecture studio. Through a growing portfolio of designs for housing, schools, cultural institutions, installations, furniture, objects, and film, the firm demonstrates “a commitment to questioning the very definition of architecture and the ways in which it can respond to real-world challenges.” In a recent interview, Sample claimed, “We’re unconcerned with producing radical newness or shocking originality. Instead, we’d rather define a space that is neither new nor completely referential, something we call ‘the vaguely familiar’.”
The firm contributed installations to both the 12th and the 15th editions of the International Architecture Exhibitions of the Venice Biennale and also created a full-scale representation of House No. 11 (Corridor House) for the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial. Other recent projects include an architecture and design school in Krabbesholm, Denmark, and Chamber, a design gallery in New York. MOS’s Lali Gurans Orphanage and Learning Centre is currently under construction in Jorpati, Nepal and will eventually serve as a home for 50 children while providing social services for the surrounding community.
As one of the League’s 2008 Emerging Voices, MOS has since been recognized with the Architecture Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2010 and the National Design Award in Architecture from Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in 2015. The firm was also the winner of the MoMA/P.S.1 Young Architects Program in 2009 for their installation, afterparty.