Year in and year out Dwell on Design attendees flock to the prefabricated homes we have on the show floor. This year we're thrilled to welcome three of those homes' makers to the stage to take us through the concept, building, and delivery of their designs. Steve Glenn of Living Homes, Graham Smith of Sustain Design Studio, and Brian Abramson of Method Homes—whose jcpenney Prefab Home will be filled with jcpenney goods from our keynote speaker Michael Graves—talk about their work, where prefab is headed, and what to look for as you explore their surprising structures in the Dwell Outdoor area.
Aaron Britt, Deputy Editor, Dwell Media, LLC
Brian Abramson, Co-Founder, Method Homes
Graham Smith, Partner, Altius Architecture Inc / miniHome Inc
Steve Glenn, CEO, LivingHomes
Brian Abramson is the co-founder and director of business operations of Method Homes. Established in 2007 with Mark Rylant, Method is a Seattle-based construction company focused on building precision-engineered, beautiful, healthy, sustainable prefab homes and commercial structures. Prior to founding Method, Brian attended the University of Montana and started several companies before making his way to the Pacific Northwest where he worked in commercial real estate and development.
Since its inception, Method has launched eight lines of home designs and has built a vast portfolio of custom and predesigned architectural projects throughout the US and Canada, including structures that meet LEED Platinum and other stringent environmental certifications. Method has been recognized as a leader and innovator in the prefab building industry and was named Washington’s Fastest Growing Private Company (2012) and Seattle’s Emerging Manufacturer of the Year (2012).
In 2010, Abramson partnered with Mark Rylant and Skylab Architecture’s Jeffrey Kovel to found a second modular prefab company, HOMB. In early 2013, Abramson and Rylant launched Method Prefab, the commercial construction division for Method Homes that specializes in custom architectural projects.
Some of Method’s recent notable work includes House of the Immediate Future, designed by the Miller Hull Partnership, a Habitat for Humanity project that debuted at Seattle’s Next Fifty (recipient of ENERGY STAR® super effienct homes), Cascade, one of Seattle’s first LEED Platinum accredited homes (Winner of Green Builder Magazine’s modular house of the year 2012), the residential prototype for HOMB (featured in author Sheri Koones upcoming Prefabulous and International book), and Taproot Theatre Annex, a 21 module theatre built to LEED standards.
Method’s craftsmanship will be on display as the jcpenney Prefab Home at Dwell on Design’s 2013 prefab showcase.
Find out more at methodhomes.net
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.
Steve Glenn is the founder and CEO of LivingHomes, LLC (www.livinghomes.net), a premier developer of modern, prefabricated homes that combine world-class architecture with an unparalleled commitment to healthy and sustainable construction.The first LivingHome, designed by Ray Kappe, FAIA, was installed in eight hours.It became the first home ever to receive a LEED for Home Platinum rating.Twelve LivingHomes have been certified LEED Platinum, making LivingHomes one of the most experienced builders of Platinum-level homes. Before LivingHomes, Glenn worked with the Clinton HIV/AIDS Initiative (CHAI) and managed the development of a $220 million program in Mozambique, the first program CHAI launched in Africa. Glenn is founder and former Chairman and CEO of PeopleLink, a leading provider of enterprise ecommunity solutions, which raised $35 million from AT&T Ventures, GE, Goldman Sachs, idealab and others. Glenn was a founding partner of idealab, a business incubation firm that raised $1 billion and that founded or invested in a number of successful companies including GoTo/Overture (OVER), NetZero/United Online (UNTD), CitySearch (TMCS), Tickets.com (TKTS), eToys and CarsDirect. Glenn worked for Walt Disney Imagineering as co-director of the Virtual Reality Studio.Glenn co-founded Clearview Software, which was sold to Apple Computer where Glenn later served as a marketing specialist. He holds a bachelor’s degree with honors from Brown University, and was a Coro Fellow.Glenn is a co-founder of the Sustainable Business Council, www.sustainablebc.org (and chair), the Kaia Parker Dance Fund, www.kaiaparker.org.He is a member of the board of directors of the Brown University Entrepreneur Forum, www.brownep.org, and Watts House Project, www.wattshouseproject.org.Glenn was named the Clean Tech CEO of the Year by Clean Tech Week; Environmental Entrepreneur of the Year by LA City Council/Faith2Green; and Greatest Person of the Day by Huffington Post.
Graham is a Canadian Architect with offices in Toronto. A founding Partner of Altius Architecture www.altius.net and miniHome Inc http://sustain.ca, Graham along with Partners Cathy Garrido and Trevor McIvor are known for their bold residential designs, sensitivity to natural landscapes and an holistic approach to sustainability.
Altius was founded in 1998 as an interdisciplinary practice offering comprehensive design services to private clients including full construction management services.
Fuelled by their extensive work in the Canadian lake districts the Partners created the miniHome as a finely crafted modular prefab for the vacation home market to complement Altius' larger site built designs. The miniHome is now manufactured both in Parry Sound, Ontario and Loma Linda, California. Graham is pleased to be presenting a model version of the miniHome Cali Solo at this years Dwell on Design.