max strang architecture

After winning AIA Miami’s Firm of the Year prize, the last thing most architects would do is leave Miami. But then, most architects aren’t Max Strang, AIA. In 2010, just after Max Strang Architecture snagged the coveted firm award, the quietly confident Strang and his wife, Tamara, decided to move their family to Telluride, Colo. They had few ties there, but they loved the area’s small-town, outdoors-oriented atmosphere and natural beauty.

The firm already had built a strong regional reputation for site-sensitive modernism, so it stayed put in Miami. Strang visits monthly and works remotely the rest of the time. So far, his telecommuting experiment is working. “Being here in Telluride, I’m immersed in nature,” he says. “I find myself able to focus and be more creative for longer periods of time.”

Taking risks has become something of a habit for Strang. The University of Florida and Columbia University graduate started his firm after working for Gene Leedy, Zaha Hadid, and SHoP Architects. Strang initially took on both residential and commercial jobs, but over the past few years he and firm director Jason Richard Adams, Assoc. AIA, have opted to focus mostly on custom homes. They and their staff now have about 10 houses in the works. “We’ve never been busier,” Strang says.

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years in practice: 12 / projects completed in 2011: 3 / firm size: 8 / area of interest: custom homes