OBRA Archi tec t s was founded by Pablo Cas t ro and Jenni fer
Lee in the year 2000 in New York Ci ty. The projec ts under taken
by OBRA Archi tec t s span a wide range of programs and s i zes
yet cons is tent l y seek to evoke invent ion and interes t through
explorat ions of mater ial , s t ruc ture, s i te and exper ience. Thei r
prac t i ce and thei r wor k seek to chal lenge and expand the
range of metaphors in which archi tec ture f inds i ts meaning.
OBRA cons iders each and ever y projec t to be int imatel y bound
to i ts sur roundings , ex tending af ield into s i te and lands cape
the conceptual under s tanding of the archi tec tural work . As a
resul t many of our proposal s and bui l t wor k s inc lude outdoor
components and integration into the natural or urban landscape.
Cur rent wor k inc ludes a v i l la in Ordos , Inner Mongol ia, a caf é
in Soho, a pr i vate eco- res idence in Cos ta Ri ca, and spec ial
inv i tat ion to par t i c ipate in the IBA Hamburg Smar t Pr i ce Houses
compet i t ion. OBRA Archi tec t s was selec ted for thi s inv i ted
compet i t ion in an internat ional jur ied proces s along wi th 15
other internat ional l y renowned archi tec tural prac t i ces f rom
around the wor ld. IBA Hamburg is a bui lding expos i t ion whi c h
wi l l showcase c reat i v i ty, oppor tuni ty, cont ras t s and tens ions ,
in developing solut ions wi th a spec i f i c focus on economi cal
innovat ion. The goal is to c reate resul ts that t rans cend the
purely exemplar y, new models for the future of the met ropol i s .
The f i rm has recent l y completed a 13,250 s f res idence i n
Southampton, New York with guesthouse, poolhouse and garage,
as wel l as a ful l -s cale protot ype emergenc y hous ing shel ter on
di splay at the Nat ional Ar t Museum of China in conjunc t ion wi t h
a s ympos ium on emergenc y shel ter rel ief response sponsored
by the UNDP.
The wor k of OBRA has been exhibi ted at the Nat ional
Ar t Museum of China, the Museum of Modern Ar t , PS1
Contemporar y Ar t Center, Rhode I s land School of Des ign, the
Chicago Athenaeum, as wel l as at the Univer s i ty of Minnesot a
Col lege of Des ign, Fordham Univer s i ty ’s Center Gal lery, and the
Center for Archi tec ture, New York . They are inc luded in the 50t h
Anni ver sar y exhibi t of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
opening in February. OBRA Archi tec t s was named one of 2005
Emerging Voices by the Archi tec tural League of New York .
OBRA is the winner of the 2006 PS1/MoMA Young Archi tec t s
Program compet i t ion and lec tured in MoMA’s Conversat ions wi t h
Contemporar y Ar t i s ts ser ies in February of 2007. Thei r work has
been honored wi th a 2008 AIA New York Honor Award, a 2008
ID Magaz ine Annual Des ign Rev iew Award, and two Amer i can
Archi tec ture Awards by the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of
Archi tec ture and Des ign. The wor k of OBRA has been publ i shed
in a monograph by the Uni ted As ia Ar ts and Des ign Cooperat ion
in Bei j ing, China as wel l as in publ i cat ions such as Young
Amer i cans : Neue Archi tek tur in den USA (DOM Publ i shers ,
Ber l in) and Young Archi tec t s Amer i cas (daab Publ i shers ,
Cologne) . They have been featured in A+U, Summa+,
Archi tec ture, Archi tec tural Record, The New York Times , The
Internat ional Herald Tr ibune, Concept Magaz ine (Seoul ) , and
I l Giornale Del l ’Archi tet tura. Thei r second monograph i s i n
progres s and wi l l be publ i shed by DAMDI Pres s in Seoul , Korea
l a t e r t h i s year.
Pablo Castro was born in San Juan, Argentina. He was educated at the Universidad Nacional de San Juan in Argentina and holds a Masters of Science in Building Design from Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. He has lectured at the Museum of Modern Art, the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, the Architectural League, Universidad Nacional de Chile, Universidad Diego Portales, Universidad Nacional de San Juan, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Rhode Island School of Design, Columbia University, Cranbrook Academy of Art, and the University of Minnesota. In 2003 he was named a de Montequin Senior Fellow by the Society of Architectural Historians. Pablo Castro is a 2006 fellow in Architecture/Environmental Structures from the New York Foundation for the Arts and is the 2006 winner of the PS1 MoMA Young Architects Program. He has taught design studio in the Graduate Architecture Department of Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, at Cranbrook Art Academy as Architect-in-Residence, at Rhode Island School of Design, Parsons the New School for Design and at Barnard Columbia College.
Jennifer Lee was born in Washington, D.C. She holds a degree from the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City, and she graduated with honors from Harvard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She assisted in the publication of Soundings, Architectures in Love, and Adjusting Foundations by John Hejduk and The New York Waterfront published by Monacelli Press while working at the Irwin S. Chanin Architecture Archives at the Cooper Union. She has taught at the Graduate Architecture Department of Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, as well as at Cranbrook Art Academy as Architect-in-Residence. In 2003 she was named a de Montequin Senior Fellow by the Society of Architectural Historians. Jennifer Lee is a 2006 fellow in Architecture/Environmental Structures from the New York Foundation for the Arts and is the 2006 winner of the PS1 MoMA Young Architects Program. She was recognized with the 2007 Urban Visionaries Award from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. She is currently a Visiting Professor at the Cooper Union.