We’d like to take the opportunity to introduce you to one of our Honorable mention winners for our "Modular Home / Edition #2" competition – Christopher Taurasi, Lexi White and Jeffrey Lee from United States!
lvl studio is a coast-to-coast architectural office started by 3 former classmates who met while pursuing design-build competitions. After nearly a decade of working together off and on, we founded lvl studio in 2022 with Modular Homes being our first competition as a formal office. The studio is currently based in both Brooklyn and Los Angeles and comprised of its three founding partners: Christopher Taurasi, Lexi White, & Jeffrey Lee.
Brief information about the projects that you/your company have been involved with. For instance, what scale have you focused on/preferred, any significant projects where the company/ individuals have been involved?
Individually, our professional experiences include mid to large scale projects (museums, concert halls, high rise housing) across the US and internationally. As lvl studio, we've focused our efforts to smaller scale projects as we build our portfolio and get back to our roots in digital fabrication with research in formal and material explorations.
What does architecture mean to you and what is the role of an architect in your society?
At our core, we believe that there is philosophy and progression in materials—the earth takes time to form the elements used in building and to waste them would be an injustice. Architects, more than most, have the agency to bring these sensitivities to the built environment. With a background in digital fabrication, the studio provides distinctive design solutions that aren’t afraid to explore unconventional materials and forms that are harmonious with it's context.
Why do you participate in architecture competitions?
Architecture competitions give us the opportunity to take a break from the typical work we do to pursue unique design problems and develop new types of research which ultimately feeds back into our breadth of knowledge.
What advice would you give to individuals who struggle to decide whether it would be beneficial for them to participate in architecture competitions?
There are a wide variety of design competitions out there that all require different commitments. Start small and find one that explores design questions that interest you. Every project you complete will only grow your knowledge base and competitions are a great means of exploring new approaches and build up a diverse portfolio of work.
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