After Architecture, LLC is a design practice dedicated to activating public space 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 look at the built environment through the lens of creative technologies, fusing experimental approaches to material, fabrication, and form with native materials, building traditions, and histories. Combining ethnography and creative practice, we create site-specific pieces that explore the perception of place.
Responding to our respective upbringings in Los Angeles (Katie) and suburban New Jersey (Kyle), where private space is so often foregrounded, we are interested in engaging public space. Our work has concentrated on urban interventions that foster a sense of identity, including architecture, design, public art, installations, and furniture.
Katie MacDonald is an architectural designer, artist, educator, scholar, and creative technologist. She is Co-founder of After Architecture and Collegiate Assistant Professor at Virginia Tech where she is developing curriculum in Creative Technologies and Experiences. Katie 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 emerging technology and sustainable construction. She has taught at Temple University, Philadelphia University, Boston Architectural College, and Wentworth Institute of Technology. Her scholarship has been funded by the AIA Upjohn Research Initiative, the Robert James Eidlitz Fellowship and the Paul M. Heffernan International Travel Grant. Her creative work has garnered such honors as the title of Curbed Young Gun, an AIA Los Angeles Next LA Honor Award, an 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 an architectural designer, artist, educator, scholar, and creative technologist. He is Co-founder of After Architecture and currently teaches at Syracuse University. He received his Master of Architecture from Princeton University where he was awarded the Princeton University Fellowship and holds a 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, fabrication, and robotics. He has taught at Cornell University, Princeton University, Wentworth Institute of Technology, and Boston Architectural College. His work has been recognized with such prizes as the AIA Upjohn Research Initiative, the Robert A.M. Stern Architects Travel Fellowship, the Robert James Eidlitz Fellowship, the title of Curbed Young Gun, and an AIA Los Angeles Next LA Honor Award.