Johnsen Schmaling Architects

Johnsen Schmaling Architects

Using both urban and rural locales as complimentary laboratories for architectural innovation, Johnsen Schmaling’s projects are informed by a poetic reading of site and terrain that rejects contextual mimesis as much as modernism’s preoccupation with self-referential objects.

Johnsen Schmaling Architects is a design and research studio specializing in high-end residential and commercial design. Using both urban and rural locales as complimentary laboratories for architectural innovation, Johnsen Schmaling’s projects are informed by a poetic reading of site and terrain that rejects contextual mimesis as much as modernism’s preoccupation with self-referential objects. Johnsen Schmaling’s intense dissection of context and cultural memory translates into an abstract palette of articulate architectural operations and a deliberately sober design vocabulary, resulting in work that have garnered critical attention for its conceptual clarity, formal discipline, spatial qualities, astute detailing, and an unequivocal commitment to artistic integrity and environmental sustainability.

 

Brian Johnsen, AIA, NCARB, grew up in Chicago and received a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Sebastian Schmaling, AIA, LEED AP, is originally from Berlin and received a Master of Architecture in Urban Design from Harvard, where he graduated with distinction, as well as a Master of Architecture from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a Diploma in Architecture from the Technical University Berlin. Both Johnsen and Schmaling are registered architects and frequently lecture on their work. In addition, they continue to teach design at architecture schools around the country, most recently as visiting professors at the University of Oklahoma and the University of Toronto.

Recent honors include an Emerging Voices Award from the Architectural League of New York, three National AIA Housing Design Awards, three National AIA Small Project Honor Awards, eleven regional AIA Honor and Merit Awards, a Record Interiors Award, a 2008 Contract Award for Public Spaces, as well as several Project of the Year Awards from Residential Architect and Custom Home magazines. Johnsen Schmaling’s projects and texts have been featured in numerous books and exhibitions as well as in leading national and international design periodicals, including Dwell, Metropolis, Architectural Record, Architectural Review, Azure, Plan, Residential Architect, Custom Home, Beautiful Homes, Interior Design, Contract, Architectural Lighting, Frame, Monitor, Vision, D Casa, and Competitions.

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