LAMAS


  LEE AND MACGILLIVRAY

  ARCHITECTURE STUDIO

  ANN ARBOR AND TORONTO

  OFFICE@LAMAS.US



  © 2014, LAMAS LLC

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We start with the ordinary. Vernacular forms, modest materials, obsolete types, old movies, craft traditions — They seem to reside in the background but over time become unique. Like when you keep repeating a word until it detaches itself from language and begins to sound interesting or absurd. This is the ground that we draw inspiration from. We are fascinated by the commonplace but somewhere along the way our fascination changed it into something new. We have filled out the space of a camera's arc, created barns with too many doors, a porous thatch hut, and a Venetian villa without a center. Each project involves a transformation in the deep tectonics of the thing we started with; the results are surprising and playful yet uncommonly ordinary.

LAMAS was a 2014 finalist for MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program. Our work has won the 2011 R+D Award and has received honorable mentions in I.D. Magazine, Architizer+ Awards, and ACSA Faculty Design Awards. Our film projects have been shown in NYC at Urban Exquis: A Cinematic Installation in First Street Green and at the Telluride International Experimental Cinema Exposition in Colorado. As project managers for SHoP Architects and Gluck+, we have designed and led our teams to earn P/A Awards and the 2013 National AIA Housing Award.




WEI-HAN VIVIAN LEE, AIA
W.H. Vivian Lee is principal and founder of LAMAS. Her work focuses on the role of craft and material practices in architecture. She has extensive experience in the design and construction of public space including the East River Waterfront in Lower Manhattan. In addition to her role at LAMAS, Vivian is also Assistant Professor of Architecture at University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. Prior to founding LAMAS, Vivian practiced as a project manager at SHoP Architects and LTL Architects in New York City. Lee received her masters of architecture from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. She holds a B.A. in studio arts from Wesleyan University with a concentration in painting. She is currently researching representational methods in construction documentation. Her book “Building Stories: At Work in Contemporary Practice” is scheduled for publication in 2015.

JAMES MACGILLIVRAY
James Macgillivray is a principal and founder of LAMAS. He is a filmmaker and has published widely on film, architecture and projection. Alongside his work at LAMAS, James is also Assistant Professor of Practice in Architecture at University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning where he was awarded the William Muschenheim Design Fellowship in 2011. He is from Toronto and received his Masters in Architecture from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design and his B.A. in architecture from Princeton University. Prior to founding LAMAS he worked as a designer at Steven Holl Architects and as a project manager at Peter Gluck and Partners Architects. In conjunction with work at LAMAS he is currently writing a book that delineates the notion of space in the arts of architecture and film. His writings have been published in Scapegoat, ACSA Journal, The Journal of Modern Craft, and the Canadian Journal of Film Studies.

LAMAS past and present:
Missy Ablin, Scott Claassen, Pooja Dalal, Patrick Ethen, Scott Fredricks, Andrea Kamilaris, Daniel Kobran, Jennifer Komorowski, Soonjae Kwon, Nora Leon, Tarlton Long, Owen Maher, Isaac Ng, Jennifer Ng, Le Nguyen, Elizabeth Nichols, Max Obata, and Peter Yi.

For more information, please contact office(at)lamas.us



EXPERIENCE

SHoP. East River Waterfront Esplanade and Piers (New York, NY: 2011) Project Manager: Wei-han Vivian Lee

SHoP. East River Waterfront Esplanade and Piers (New York, NY: 2011) Project Manager: Wei-han Vivian Lee

SHoP. East River Waterfront Esplanade and Piers (New York: 2011) Project Manager: Wei-han Vivian Lee

SHoP. East River Waterfront Esplanade and Piers (New York, NY: 2011) Project Manager: Wei-han Vivian Lee


Peter Gluck and Partners. Pool Pavilion (Lake George, NY: 2009) Project Manager: James Macgillivray

Peter Gluck and Partners. Pool Pavilion (Lake George, NY: 2009) Project Manager:James Macgillivray

Peter Gluck and Partners. Pool Pavilion (Lake George, NY: 2009) Project Manager: James Macgillivray


Peter Gluck and Partners. Broadway Housing (New York, NY: 2011-2013) Project Designer: James Macgillivray

Peter Gluck and Partners. Broadway Housing (New York, NY: 2011-2013) Project Designer: James Macgillivray


Steven Holl Architects. Linked Hybrid (Beijing, PRC: 2009) Project Designer: James Macgillivray

Steven Holl Architects. Linked Hybrid (Beijing, PRC: 2009) Project Designer: James Macgillivray

Steven Holl Architects. Linked Hybrid (Beijing, PRC: 2009) Project Designer: James Macgillivray


Hillier Architects. Sunset Park High School (Brooklyn, NY: 2008) Junior Architect: Wei-han Vivian Lee


LTL Architects. Vegas 888: Spa, Skin, Pool and Amenities (Las Vegas, NV: 2006) Project Architect and Manager: Wei-han Vivian Lee

LTL Architects. Vegas 888: Spa, Skin, Pool and Amenities (Las Vegas, NV: 2006) Project Architect and Manager: Wei-han Vivian Lee

LTL Architects. Vegas 888: Spa, Skin, Pool and Amenities (Las Vegas, NV: 2006) Project Architect and Manager: Wei-han Vivian Lee

LTL Architects. Vegas 888: Spa, Skin, Pool and Amenities (Las Vegas, NV: 2006) Project Architect and Manager: Wei-han Vivian Lee


MADA s.p.a.m. Father's House (Lantian, PRC: 2002) Project Designer: James Macgillivray

MADA s.p.a.m. Father's House (Lantian, PRC: 2002) Project Designer: James Macgillivray