After Architecture is a design practice dedicated to placemaking through art, design, and architecture.
Our name is a nod to both the influence of what has come before as well as what lies beyond disciplinary bounds. We seek to uncover and build on regional qualities in the built environment, fusing experimental approaches to material, construction, and technology with native materials, building traditions, and histories. This approach comes out of a time in which the built environment risks losing local specificity to the homogenization of globalization. Combining ethnography and creative practice, we create site-specific pieces that explore the perception of place.
Our work has concentrated on urban interventions that foster a sense of identity, including architecture, design, public art, installations, and furniture. Our projects also respond to our respective upbringings in Los Angeles (Katie) and suburban New Jersey (Kyle), where private space is so often foregrounded. In contrast, we are interested in the utilization and programming of public space.
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.
Katie MacDonald is Founding Partner of After Architecture and Collegiate Assistant Professor at Virginia Tech. She holds a Master of Architecture from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University. She was recently named Emerging Designer in the Virginia By Design Awards.
Katie's research focuses on urbanism and resilience through the lens of emerging technology. Her scholarship has been funded by the Robert James Eidlitz Fellowship to study the work of Edoardo Gellner in northern Italy and the Paul M. Heffernan International Travel Grant to implement a project in the Slovenian Alps. The resulting project was recognized with such accolades 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 a nomination for the Mies Van der Rohe Award EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture.
Kyle Schumann is Founding Partner of After Architecture. He 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, Massachusetts.
Kyle's research focuses on emerging technology and fabrication. He has taught architecture studios at Cornell University, Wentworth Institute of Technology, and Boston Architectural College. In 2017, he was awarded the Robert A.M. Stern Architects Travel Fellowship for his research project, Alpine Modernism: Sensitive Identities and Regional Placemaking, and the Robert James Eidlitz Fellowship to study the work of Edoardo Gellner.