Dan Wood and Amale Andraos founded WORK Architecture Company (WORKac) in 2003. Based in New York, WORKac strives to develop architectural and urban projects that engage culture and consciousness, nature and artificiality, surrealism and pragmatism. The practice has international roots; the partners have lived and worked in Europe, the Middle East and Asia – and WORKac's staff is drawn from different cultures and countries, harnessing difference as inspiration. WORKac is involved in projects at all scales, ranging from a masterplan for the new BAM cultural district in Brooklyn, to a single family villa in Inner Mongolia, China. Recent completed projects include the installation 'Public Farm 1' at PS1/MoMA and, the new headquarters for Diane von Furstenberg; current work includes the new Kew Gardens Hills Library in Queens, winner of a 2010 Design Commission Award from the City of New York, the extension of the Clark Art Institute at Mass MoCA, a new Children's Museum for the Arts and the first Edible Schoolyard New York City with Alice Waters' Chez Panisse Foundation. In addition, WORKac's entry for the redesign of Hua Qiang Bei Road, Shenzhen, was recently awarded first place in an international competition. In 2009, WORKac was honored at the White House as Finalist for a National Design Award. In 2008, the firm was identified by Icon Magazine as one of the 25 most-influential new architecture firms in the world, and has won numerous awards, including several AIA Merit Awards, three "Best of" awards, and a MASterwork Award from the Municipal Arts Society. The practice is supplemented by the partners' academic involvement. Together they teach at Princeton University, focusing on the relationship between ecology and urbanism. They have recently published 49 Cities (New York: Storefront for Art and Architecture, 2009) and Above the Pavement - the Farm! : Architecture & Agriculture at Public Farm 1 (New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2010). Mr. Wood previously taught at the TU Delft, The Cooper Union, Columbia University and the Knowlton School of Architecture at Ohio State University where he served as the Trott and Baumer visiting studio professor of design.
The Princeton Atelier was endowed in 2009 through the generosity of a donor who has chosen to remain anonymous. The Atelier is additionally supported through The Newhouse Foundation, The Erik C. Blachford '89 Fund, The Schare-Pfaffenroth Endowment Fund, The Jordan Roth '97 Performance Fund and The Peter T. Joseph Foundation.