Our Practice

After Architecture is a creative practice dedicated to activating space through a reframing of the everyday. Our name is a nod to the influence of what has come before as well as a desire to erode disciplinary bounds. Our work focuses on dismantling traditional notions of material applications through the lens of unfamiliar construction. Convention is the greatest limit to architecture: clients have notions about what architecture is; contractors have notions about how things go together; architects have notions about how things should look. Taking on a tactic of intentional misuse, this work engages material culture and reimagines how materials may be applied when freed from history, convention, and cultural baggage.

 

Katie MacDonald

Katie MacDonald is is Co-founder of After Architecture and was recently named Emerging Designer in the Virginia By Design Awards.  Her work focuses on emerging technology and sustainable materials, most recently garnering funding from the American Institute of Architects’ Upjohn Research Initiative for the project “Retooling Bamboo Tectonics: From Vernacular Aesthetics to Milled Material System", the Center for Architecture’s Arnold W. Brunner grant for the project “Smart Cross-laminated Bamboo”, and the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology’s SEAD grant for the project "Tooling Bamboo Growth.” She is the recipient of the Robert James Eidlitz Fellowship from Cornell University and the Paul M. Heffernan Travel Grant from Harvard University. 

MacDonald holds a Master of Architecture from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University. Her creative work has been honored with the title of Curbed Young Gun, an AIA Los Angeles Next LA Honor Award, and 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 a nomination for the Mies Van der Rohe Award EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture.  Her professional training includes work at the offices of Morphosis Architects and Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects.

Kyle Schumann

Kyle Schumann is Co-founder of After Architecture and has taught at Virginia Tech, Syracuse University, Cornell University, and Princeton University. Schumann’s research focuses on emerging technology, fabrication, and robotics, most recently garnering funding from the American Institute of Architects’ Upjohn Research Initiative for the project “Retooling Bamboo Tectonics: From Vernacular Aesthetics to Milled Material System", the Center for Architecture’s Arnold W. Brunner grant for the project “Smart Cross-laminated Bamboo”, and the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology’s SEAD grant for the project "Tooling Bamboo Growth.” His scholarship was recently published in the proceedings of the Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia (CAADRIA).

Schumann 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. He is the recipient of the Robert A.M. Stern Architects Travel Fellowship and the Robert James Eidlitz Fellowship. His creative work has been honored with the title of Curbed Young Gun and an AIA Los Angeles Next LA Honor Award. His professional training includes work at the offices of Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects and Anmahian Winton Architects.