Anna Neimark and Andrew Atwood

A.UD 413 Studio Talks: Conversations on the City 1
Friday, October 14, 2011

Anna Neimark, Founding Partner, First Office
Andrew Atwood, Principal, ATWOOD-A

Anna Neimark is Adjunct Assistant Professor at the USC School of Architecture. She holds a BA in Architecture from Princeton University and an M.Arch I from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. She has received numerous honors, including the USC Advancing Scholarship in the Humanities and Social Sciences, the Harvard Appleton Traveling Fellowship, the Soros Fellowship for New Americans, and the Princeton Undergraduate Thesis Prize in Architecture. She has worked at JohnstonMarklee in Los Angeles and the Office for Metropolitan Architecture in Rotterdam and New York. She is a Founding Partner of First Office, a speculative practice, whose large-scale work conceptualizes the design of skylines, city grids, monuments, and urban blocks.

Andrew Atwood teaches design and visual studies at the Southern California Institute of Architecture [SCI Arc]. He has worked in the offices of MOS in New Haven, CT and Belzberg Architects in Santa Monica, CA. At MOS he worked on the Marfa Drive-In and MOMA PS-1 [the second one, that did not win] among other projects.   While at Belzberg Architects he was the project manager for the Conga Room at LA Live, a 14,000 sq ft themed dance club that won an AIA National Honor Award in 2011.  In 2009 he founded his own firm ATWOOD-A, a design research office interested in the expanding roles and ambitions of architecture’s various mediums. He graduated from the Harvard University GSD [Graduate School of Design] in 2007.