Architects Jared Levy and Gordon Stott of Connect:Homes in Los Angeles helped a client in Sonoma, California, who wanted a quick solution for keeping her aging mother nearby, and independent. Levy and Stott will discuss the prefab home they built for the client's octogenarian mother (see Dwell, June 2014), in a third of the time-and at a third of the cost-of a conventionally built home.
Jared Levy co-founded Connect:Homes to offer an affordable alternative for those looking to live with great design and experience a better way of building. The inefficiencies within conventional home building lead to a process for both architect and owner that is too difficult and time consuming–Levy wanted to simplify these complexities, streamline the entire process, and challenge the status quo.
As the Director of Architectural Services at Marmol Radziner Prefab, and an instrumental player in the launch of the company, Levy oversaw the design and fabrication of close to 40,000 square-feet of modern, innovative, and highly customized prefab homes. Due to high transportation costs, he realized that modular homes could only be cost effectively delivered to those who lived within a 200-mile radius of the factory, and certainly not across the country or overseas. Transporting modules inexpensively was a challenge Levy felt he could overcome.
His work has appeared in numerous publications including Time, Dwell, Architectural Digest, Wired, Architectural Review, and GQ as well as winning design honors and awards from Sunset-AIA Western Home Awards, American Institute of Architects, Green Dot, ID Magazine, and AFLA Design Green Awards. Levy has a Bachelor of Arts, BSA in Architecture, from the University of Michigan, and a Masters of Architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture.
Gordon Stott co-founded Connect Homes to try to reinvent modern modular prefab. He and his partner Jared Levy have developed a patent-pending modular system that uses the intermodal shipping container network to deliver homes far more efficiently than traditional modular construction -- essentially allowing a single factory to deliver homes to national and worldwide markets. From experience gained from close to 10 years in the industry, Gordon sees modular prefab as a series of logistical problems that can now be solved by their unique modular system. This lets Connect Homes achieve its true goal -- providing beautiful, green, modern homes, often times for much less money than site-built alternatives.
Before founding Connect Homes, Gordon worked at Marmol Radziner Prefab where he was a project manager. Gordon got his BA from Pomona College and his Masters from Harvard's GSD.
Kelly Vencill Sanchez
Kelly Vencill Sanchez has written about architecture and design for such publications as Dwell, New Mexico Magazine and Architectural Digest, where she was a senior and contributing editor under Paige Rense. She also writes about horses and the people who ride them for Chronicle of the Horse and Dressage Today.
Her interest in socially sustainable design and accessible spaces increases daily, as she navigates the world with her younger son, Luke, who has cerebral palsy and other special powers.