Mark Foster Gage Architects,
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@ The Bronx Canvas Building
728 East 136th Street, 6th floor
New York City, New York, 10454
Mark Foster Gage. INK conference presentation, Mumbai, India
Our office combines the assets of a fully licensed architecture firm with pioneering expertise in emerging technologies and interdisciplinary collaborations. This two-decade expertise arms the practice with the ability to produce much wider range of design ideas for clients than are afforded by typical architecture and design practices. In short, we will show you not only what you may have imagined for your project, but first-in-kind innovative and beautiful ideas that will make your project unique in the world.
We have worked with clients ranging from developers and luxury brands, to technology innovators, cultural institutions, and celebrities. Our client list includes recognizable names such as Intel Corporation, Google, Samsung, Vice Media, W Hotels, The Coachella Music Festival, H&M, Diesel, Bard College, Nicola Formichetti, The New York Times, JDS/Property Markets Group, and Lady Gaga. We do a limited number of residential projects for private clients annually and are currently or have recently worked on projects in the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, China, Mexico, Japan, France, and Singapore.
Each project is an investigation into how the expectations for a project can be exceeded- functionally and aesthetically. While we value efficiency, sustainability, and respect budgetary constraints on all our projects, we also hold beauty, originality, and projects that are unique-in-the-world in very high regard, and seek clients who similarly value such ambitions.
Mark Foster Gage Architects only accepts projects that seek to be truly innovative and groundbreaking in their design ambitions. As our work is extremely detailed and work-intensive we are selective regarding the clients we can collaborate with, and are only able to accept a limited number of projects on an annual basis. To be innovative in the 21st century demands that we often not only design the projects at-hand, but also frequently need to develop the software, design techniques, and fabrication methods that allow such projects to produced. As such our work, by definition, is neither immediate, through the continuous rehearsal of particular project types, nor is it “lowest bid” architecture.
Mark Foster Gage brings unique architectural experience to the table- as a protégée of Robert A.M. Stern and former studio assistant to Frank Gehry, the firm’s project design and delivery methods are based on those of the world’s most successful and diverse practices. With twenty years of experience in New York City our office has contacts and collaborators who are the best in their respective fields, allowing us to form customized teams on a project by project basis. We do not believe in one-size-fits-all architectural strategies, styles, or ways of working-- and instead customize each project effort to best address the opportunities and problems as they are presented. As Mark Foster Gage is closely affiliated with Yale University, we often collaborate with experts in a wide range of disciplines in academia to help inform our work in historical, philosophical and strategic registers. We are also rather fun to work with. Really. It's quite true.
It's true. Much of our work since 2001 as been extremely experimental in nature-- imagining what the new technologies of the 21st century could bring to architecture in a variety of different scales and scenarios. Experimental architecture tends to lend itself to smaller projects such as private residences, retail environments, art installations and interiors-- all of which we have done. As we move into our third decade of practice we are now focusing primarily on projects that have a good chance of being physically realized- particularly building projects. While Mark Foster Gage will continue to explore technologies, write, lecture and speculate—the firms’ goal in the upcoming decade is on actual physical production-- from products to buildings and all scales in between. In order to accomplish this goal we work with and have developed relationships with collaborators who have the expertise to ensure our design ideas are built to the highest standards in their various localities. Recent collaborators include the 20,000 employee architecture and engineering firm Stantec, Arup Engineering, Transolar, Balmori Associates, Via Domani, Focus, Front, and many others. While we have not built much in the past we have a team assembled that is capable of delivering any project in any country, and for nearly any reasonable budget. We look forward to speaking with you about your project.
Mark Foster Gage is an internationally recognized architect, writer, and associate professor at the Yale School of Architecture where he has taught and conducted architectural research continuously since 2001. For nearly two decades his New York City firm, Mark Foster Gage Architects, has combined his theoretical speculations with the use of emerging technologies and materials into pioneering and celebrated projects. Gage’s work has been exhibited in numerous museums internationally including the MoMA, The Museum of the Art Institute of Chicago, The Royal Academy of Art in London, The National Gallery of Art in Japan, The Hiroshima Museum of Contemporary Art, The Frac Center in France, The Franz Mayer Museum in Mexico City, and the Venice, Beijing, and Prague Biennales. His work has been featured in most major architectural publications as well as Vogue, Newsweek, Fast Company, Wired, USA Today, The New York Times, New York Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, Surface, and a recent twenty-five page feature in A+U. Television coverage of his work has been produced for PBS, Fox, and MTV, and he was recently the subject of a documentary segment on the Travel Channel China’s program 'Go as Far as You Can' which focuses on international innovators in creative fields.
Mr. Gage has received recognition for his work in the form of nominations or awards from various institutions including the USA Artists Fellows Program (three-time nominee), the American Institute of Architects (recipient of an AIANY Design Award and New Practices Citation), the Chernikhov International Foundation, the Ordos Foundation, The Architectural League of New York (Young Architects Award recipient), MoMA, and Surface Magazine which named him an “Avant Guardian of Architecture.” In 2013 Gage, as part of a larger collaborative team with fashion designer Nicola Formichetti and the branding firm Two Hustlers, received a Mashie Award for “Digital Marketing Innovators of the Year,”- awarded for the team’s advertising and related retail concepts for Diesel, which included the Gage-designed Diesel 101 store built in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Gage is an “honorary founder” of the 5-D Technology Institute along with Paola Antonelli (Senior Curator of Design, MoMA), and Bill Viola (artist), and served on the Board of Directors for the MacDowell Colony from 2012-2017. He was recently a nominee for the Architecture Prize awarded by the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Gage has designed projects across a wide range of scales ranging from a viral proposal for a 102-story residential tower in New York City, to the new Live Arts Building at Bard College, to a 3-d printed outfit for Lady Gaga, to a new line of makeup products for MAC Cosmetics, sold at all MAC and Macy’s stores internationally. He is the architect for, and an investor in VR World - the largest virtual reality entertainment center in the Western Hemisphere, now located in a new three-story, Gage-designed flagship space adjacent to the Empire State Building in New York City. In addition to being open to the public, the space serves as an exhibition space for digital developers and a laboratory for Gage’s ongoing architectural research into technologies involving projection mapping, robotics, virtual reality, spatial social media, and physical interactivity.
Two monographs on Mr. Gage’s work have been published: Mark Foster Gage: Projects and Provocations (Rizzoli Press, 2018) which includes a forward by Robert A.M. Stern and an afterword by Peter Eisenman, and Thought Through Form: The Architecture of Mark Foster Gage (Tongji University Press, 2019), which will be available in in late 2020. Gage authored the recently published book Designing Social Equality: Architecture Aesthetics and the Perception of Democracy (Routledge, 2018) and has been the editor of three books: Aesthetics Equals Politics: New Discourses Across Art, Architecture and Philosophy (MIT Press, 2019), Aesthetic Theory: Essential Texts for Architecture and Design (Norton, 2012), and Composites, Surfaces and Software: High Performance Architecture, co-edited with Greg Lynn (Yale/Norton, 2009). Gage was also the managing editor on both The Millennium House, (Yale, 2001), and Building Cities: Towards a Civil Society and a Sustainable Environment (ArtMedia Press, 1999).
As a way to further explore the theoretical and cultural aspects of his design work, Mr. Gage has, for nearly two decades, taught graduate-level design studios and research seminars at the Yale School of Architecture where he has served in multiple capacities including Chair of Admissions, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, Assistant Dean of External Communications, and Assistant Dean of Collaborative and Outside Projects where he has developed innovative educational models that directly connect the curriculum to international corporations and institutions that provide new forms of financial, personnel, and research support. Prior to teaching at Yale, he taught at Columbia University, The Institute for the Study of Classical Architecture, and chaired the think-tank on Computational Aesthetics at the Royal Danish Academy. Gage has lectured widely on his design work as well as his technological and theoretical contributions to the field of architecture at numerous universities, think-tanks, museums and other international institutions including both TED and INK conferences.
Mr. Gage has written extensively on architecture, technology and aesthetic philosophy in both popular and scholarly publications including as a design contributor for CNN, and in print in the The Journal of Architectural Education, Volume, Fulcrum, Mole, ArchiStorm, A+U, Perspecta, Agora, AD/ Architectural Design, and Log, where he was also the guest editor, with Florencia Pita, of Issue #17 which focused on the subject of affect in architecture. In 2015 he contributed a comprehensive text about architectural identity titled “Architecture, Branding, and the Politics of Identity" to The Routledge Handbook of Architecture and Design.
Mr. Gage has been a licensed architect in the State of New York since 2004 and holds a five-year Bachelor of Architecture degree with a second major in Art History from the University of Notre Dame (1997), and a Post-Professional Master of Architecture degree from Yale University (2001).