WHO WE ARE
After Architecture is a design practice dedicated to the power of place. Bringing together culture and context in our designs, we are an internationally recognized practice dedicated to place-making across scales.
Founders Katie MacDonald and Kyle Schumann have been recognized as emerging designers and artists, earning the title of Curbed Young Guns and receiving an AIA Los Angeles Next LA Honor Award. Both are LEED Green Associates, Associate Members of the American Institute of Architects, and Certified Artists recognized by a panel of peers at the Boston Redevelopment Authority.
Katie MacDonald received her Master of Architecture from Harvard University and her Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University. She gained professional experience at the offices of Morphosis Architects, Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects, Clive Wilkinson Architects, MALL, and Stayner Architects, and has taught at Temple Univeristy, Philadelphia University, Boston Architectural College, Wentworth Institute of Technology, and the NuVu Studio. In 2015, she was awarded a Paul M. Heffernan International Travel Grant to travel to Slovenia, where she collaborated with OFIS Arhitekti and AKT II Engineers on the design of an alpine shelter. Her work has been recognized with honors such as the AIA New England Design Honor Award in Special Projects, the Core 77 Design Award in Built Environment, two Architizer A+ Awards in Architecture and Collaboration, and most recently, a nomination for the Mies Van der Rohe Award, EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture.
Kyle Schumann received his Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University where he was awarded the William S. Downing Prize for Architectural Design. His professional training includes work at the offices of Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects in New York City and Anmahian Winton Architects in Cambridge, MA. Kyle has taught architecture studios at Cornell University's College of Architecture, Art, & Planning, Wentworth Institute of Technology, and Boston Architectural College.
WHAT WE believe
Design is iterative. The first solution is never the best - nor the only one. Every version of a design presents new opportunities for discussion, learning, and improvement.
Design is contextual. The built environment presents millennia of precedents for nearly every locale, suggesting nuanced environmental, functional, and material solutions. We prefer study, reference, and reimagining to reproduction of architectural styles.
Design is tangible. White boxes are an artificial fabrication – why would they be the only solution? The physical objects we use and live in everyday are made of many materials – wood, stone, metal, so on. The way these materials are put together is a design opportunity, with each material lending unique qualities. We embrace the exploration of local material and color palettes.
Design is details. The way a handrail is shaped and mounted expresses the care and quality with which it was made. We apply the same level of care to each project, be it architecture, furniture, art, or something smaller, as well as to each scale of a project. Often the smallest projects and details require the most nuance.
Design is efficiency. Quality design can be achieved through thoughtful, clever work – not simply by pouring resources into expensive materials and products. Many of our projects use simple, inexpensive materials to achieve new and unexpected results, and these tend to be the most satisfying
Design is a dialogue. There are no good turn-key solutions. Each design problem is an opportunity to meet the client, learn their needs, and craft a solution. We approach each project not with preconceived notions but with inquisitive resolve.