Though you'd be forgiven for thinking that prefab design is little more than whatever factory-made box can fit on the back of a flatbed, poky little prefab homes tell only half the story. Thanks to hybridized construction, the endless possibilities of modular building, and an ever-mounting appetite for efficient housing, we're seeing more and more square footage with a prefabbed roof over its head. In this session we'll talk with architects Leo Marmol, Whitney Sander, and Jonathan Davis-who will also share images of their recent projects-about how prefab housing is scaling up.
Aaron Britt, Deputy Editor, Dwell Media, LLC
Jonathan Davis, Owner - Architect, pieceHomes / Davis Studio Architecture + Design
Leo Marmol, FAIA, Managing Principal, Marmol Radziner
Whitney Sander, Principal, Sander Architects, LLC
Aaron Britt is the senior editor at Dwell Magazine where he covers residential design, architectural history, urbanism, and travel. Britt also covers men's style in his fashion column, "The Pocket Square" in the San Francisco Chronicle. Before starting at Dwell in 2006 he served as William Safire's researcher and reporter for his "On Language" column in the New York Times Magazine. His writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, National Geographic, Print Magazine and on the History Channel and Animal Planet. Britt graduated from Amherst College in 2003 with a degree in English literature.
pieceHomes are designed by Davis Studio Architecture + Design (dsA+D), the husband and wife design team of architect Jonathan Davis and designer Mary Jo Davis.
Jonathan Davis is a licensed Architect in California and Washington with more than 27 years of experience and brings a unique perspective to each project. As a young architect, Jonathan worked at Gehry and Associates contributing to such project as the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and the German Utility Building, one of the first green buildings in Europe. Prior to forming dsA+D, he had a solo practice in which he designed and built projects throughout the United States. His first custom home, designed over 25 years ago, was built to a high green standard. The house incorporated solar hot water panels, geo-thermal wells for heating and cooling, heat-recovery units behind the fireplaces, as well as a self-contained sewage treatment plant that put out pure water right at the lakefront and used recycled brick throughout the house. Jonathan was also the general contractor on the job -- so he knows green inside and out. In fact, you could say that building is in his blood. Jonathan was born in London, England into a family that owns the second oldest family owned building business in England and knew from an early age that he was to be an architect. He went on to complete his undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan and his Master of Architecture at SCI-ARC, Southern California Institute of Architecture with an additional year at Architectural Association in London, England.
Leo Marmol, Managing Principal of Marmol Radziner, established the Los Angeles-based architectural firm with his business partner Ron Radziner in 1989. Marmol Radziner is a unique design-build practice that includes architecture, construction, landscape, interiors, furniture, and jewelry. Since its inception, the firm has developed a reputation for innovative design and exacting construction standards. As Managing Principal, Leo has extensive experience running a variety of residential projects, from modern prefabricated homes to historic restorations, as well as public and community-based urban projects.
In 2005, the firm launched Marmol Radziner Prefab, dedicated to creating sustainable modern homes built in a factory and delivered complete. Projects include private residences in California, Utah, and Nevada, as well as a series of affordable green homes for the Mountain View Mobile Home Park in Santa Monica.
With a passion for mid-century Modern architecture, Leo has worked to restore many historic architectural icons in Southern California. Noteworthy examples include Richard Neutra’s Kaufmann, Lew, Brown, and Sten houses, R.M. Schindler’s Elliot and Kings Road houses, and John Lautner’s Garcia House.
Marmol Radziner’s unique business practice and commitment to design excellence was rewarded with the honor of being named the American Institute of Architects California Council’s 2004 Firm of the Year. In 2007, Leo was elevated to the College of the Fellows of the American Institute of Architects.
Whitney Sander: Before founding Sander Architects, LLC, in 1987, Whitney received his Masters in Architecture at Yale University, and was in the Peace Corps in West Africa. He has taught Architecture and Art classes at Yale, UC Berkeley, California College of the Arts (San Francisco), and Woodbury University. As an architect Whitney is considered a leader in green architecture and his work is the recipient of numerous awards and honors.