A Grid and a conversation: Morris Adjmi Architects

Text: Morris Adjmi and Jimmy Stamp

Designer: Jonatan Eriksson

Publisher: Images

Responsibilities: work closely with the client to develop the concept and structure for the book; compose project descriptions; edit introductory essays; conduct, transcribe, and edit interviews with architects and collaborators; work with the client, designer, and publisher to select photographs and drawings that best illustrate the work and support the text.

Morris Adjmi Architects interpret the complex forces that shape our cities to create buildings that are contextual, but unmistakably contemporary. With a rapidly rising profile and projects under construction in major cities across America, Morris Adjmi has built on his previous ten-year partnership with the Italian architect, designer, and scholar Aldo Rossi, to design buildings that reflect the continuing evolution of the built environment as it both absorbs and reacts to grander historical narratives.

Within the post-industrial areas and landmarked districts where the office often practices, this rich inheritance unfolds through a distinctive formal language and creative use of materials inspired by its urban milieu. From unexpected twists on classic building types like the all-glass interpretation of a cast-iron facade to a literally twisting tower that embodies the collision of Manhattan's two primary street grids, this text traces the development of MA's unique practice through key projects completed during its first 20 years.

A Grid and a Conversation is interlaced with reflections from writers, scholars, and collaborators including Diane Ghirardo, Bill Higgins, and Charles Blaichman. These essays and conversations provide cultural context for the firm's buildings, offer insight into the array of influences that shape their work, and addresses civic issues like historic preservation and how the firm synthesizes tradition and innovation to imbue their buildings with a sense of place and purpose.