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  • j. carson looney, faia

    Memphis, Tenn.-based Looney Ricks Kiss (LRK) is an award-winning 25-year-old firm that had only reduced staff once prior to 2008.

     
  • michael g. imber, faia

    A few years ago, Michael G. Imber, FAIA, was approached about working on a large development. His firm designs primarily high-end custom residential and has since its inception in 1992, so Imber thought carefully before accepting the offer.

     
  • chuck swartz, aia, leed ap, and beth reader, aia

    Reader & Swartz Architects was founded during a recession. “Beth got laid off and I had the brilliant idea of quitting and starting our own firm,” says Chuck Swartz, AIA, LEED AP.

     
  • rising star: luis ibarra and teresa rosano, ra, leed ap

    Luis Ibarra just had one of his original music compositions performed by a local high school orchestra.

     
  • a clear logic

    Eric Cobb's focus is on structure, simplicity, and surprise. His houses respond to the topology of the land while engaging it lightly. They're often thrust over a steep slope or wetland and rotated toward a chosen view—and not always the predictable one. Materials are abstract, durable, readily...

     
  • articulating the minimal

    Brian Messana, AIA, and Toby O'Rorke, RIBA have been practicing the art of minimalism since opening for business in 1996. They've developed a keen eye for the calming qualities of space and light, and a reputation for quiet, nuanced innovation.

     
  • rising star: joeb moore, aia

    In the vestibule of Joeb Moore's office building on Greenwich Avenue, the busy retail corridor that runs down to Long Island Sound, a 10-foot-tall black “iPod” shows a continuous loop of digital photos of the firm's work, and passersby on the street stop

     
  • hall of fame: stuart cohen, faia, and julie hacker, aia

    No one would call Stuart Cohen, FAIA, or Julie Hacker, AIA, shy. The encyclopedic Cohen, a former professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, never seems more comfortable than when eloquently expounding on all things architectural.

     
  • a passion for craft

    Anne Fougeron, AIA, is the kind of architect who follows her endless enthusiasm for design, and it has taken her to far-flung places. “The Pantheon is one of my favorite buildings,” she says. “I had to stop breathing when I saw it for the first time.” A v

     
  • man about town

    Alexander Gorlin, FAIA, is a multifaceted architect with a range that has taken him from classical country villas to modernist urban houses, from affordable housing to luxury high-rises and on to offices, schools, synagogues—even to whimsical guard booths

     
 
 
 
 
 
 
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