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Calvin Tsao & Zack McKown named Fellows of the Urban Design Forum

The Urban Design Forum announces Calvin Tsao & Zack McKown as part of the 2016 Class of Fellows, a group of civic leaders shaping “dynamic, equitable and resilient cities around the world.”

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Letter to the Developer: 14+ Foundation

The Storefront for Art and Architecture invited Calvin Tsao and Zack McKown as part of a select group of architects, curators, historians, and critics, to write a letter to a New York City developer of their choice – one who they believe should be recognized for making a positive contribution to public life, and whose work should become part of the norm of how development occurs.

Calvin and Zack wrote a letter to the 14+ Foundation, which has collaborated with New York architects to build the Chipakata Children’s Academy and the Mwabwindo School in rural Zambia, to express admiration of their mission to bring vital communal and educational spaces to people and regions in need.

Read our letter to the 14+ Foundation here.

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Calvin Tsao speaks about ‘Balance’ at TEDxShanghai

On May 7, 2016, Calvin Tsao spoke on the theme of ‘balance’ in his life and work at TEDxShanghai. He discussed what he believes to be a central purpose of architecture: to create physical spaces that provide utility and shape psychologies, behaviors, and values.

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He says: “Is our craft enough? Is our technique enough? Is our love for making beautiful things enough? We realized that we gotta do something more, we can’t just be stuck in our own vocation or our own profession. We have to look at how these things impact our society.”

 

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“Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial” opens February 12

We completed the exhibition design for Beauty, the fifth installment of the Cooper Hewitt, The Smithsonian National Design Museum’s contemporary design exhibition series. The exhibition runs February 12 through August 21, 2016.

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“Featuring recent work from the most outstanding voices in the global design scene, ‘Beauty’ will expand the discourse around the transformative power of aesthetic innovation,” said Caroline Baumann, director of the museum. “The exhibition will celebrate design as a creative endeavor that engages the mind, body and senses with works of astonishing form and surprising function.”

Project: Beauty – Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial

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“Favorite Hotels in the World”

Condé Nast Traveler names the Wheatleigh Hotel one of its “Favorite Hotels in the World.”

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In our renovation of this historic family estate, we created a broad set of visual cues, imagining that the house had remained in the continuous ownership of one family with each succeeding generation contributing to its décor. Interiors are at once diverse and luxurious, historically evocative and comfortably familial. The result is a thoroughly modern and luxurious interpretation of Gilded Age grandeur in the Berkshires.

 

December 2015

Architectural Digest selects Tsao & McKown for the 2016 AD100

Architectural Digest’s AD100 is a list of “the world’s best architects and designers who are shaping the way we live.”

From our profile in this year’s issue: “Partners Calvin Tsao and Zack McKown have adapted their sensuous vision of modernism to projects of vastly different types and scales, always with an emphasis on materials’ emotional as well as aesthetic qualities.”

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November 2015

Calvin Tsao at the New Museum

On November 20, Calvin Tsao will moderate a panel at the New Museum as part of the Open City Symposium, which celebrates an anthology of architecture created by the students of The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at The Cooper Union in studios conducted by the architect Diane Lewis with a team of colleagues from 2001-2014. Calvin Tsao taught a studio with Diane Lewis on the principles derived from the work of artist Lucio Fontana.

In addition to his former students, Calvin will be joined on the panel by guest speakers Wendy Evans Joseph, Alex Kwartler, and Gaetano Pesce.

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New York Spaces names Tsao & McKown a Top 50 NYC Designer

From the article: “The two have a distinctive way of thinking that attracts a remarkable array of clients with an astonishing range of projects: from private residential spaces stateside to countries like China, for which the architects have planned eco-friendly communities.”

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Preservation in Global Cities at The Museum of the City of New York

On September 10, Calvin Tsao will join Lisa Ackerman (Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, World Monuments Fund) and Jorge Otero-Pailos (Architect, Founder and Editor of “Future Anterior,” and Associate Professor of Historic Preservation, Columbia University) as panelist in a public program at the Museum of the City of New York titled Preservation in Global Cities. Budd Mishkin, NY1 News Correspondent, will moderate.

A reception to follow.

More information, including how to RSVP, here.

Every global city today faces the challenge of protecting their unique urban architectural heritage (often a core component of their tourist brand) while encouraging continuing economic development and growth.  But the theory and practice of preservation can differ greatly on different continents and according to different cultures…This program delves into the themes of the Museum’s current exhibition Saving Place: 50 Years of New York City Landmarks, on view until January 3, 2016.

 

Here, we show an image from Xiqu Urban Developmenta new model for urban development in the rapidly emerging Chinese market completed in partnership with Octave.

August 2015

Calvin Tsao in Open City: Existential Urbanity

Open City: Existential Urbanity is an anthology of architecture created by the students of The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at The Cooper Union in studios conducted by the architect Diane Lewis with a team of colleagues from 2001-2014. Calvin Tsao taught a studio with Diane Lewis on the principles derived from the work of artist Lucio Fontana.

 

In his essay for the anthology titled, “Art/Architecture: Invitation & Intention,” Tsao writes:

“Limits, self-imposed, situation-based, or contextual, focused the critical process of the studio. Principles and limits, individual or collective, provide constraints. This concept is liberating, embodied in Fontana’s definitive punctures and piercings of the canvas…That move – the cut – is an example of how restraining conditions within an art can hone a work. The constraint versus the possibility is open; constraints expose opportunity. If the constraint generates the possibility, one must discover how to define it and how to reveal it.”

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Emerging Voices Open Studios

Tsao & McKown opens its offices on July 11 as part of The Architectural League of New York and Open House‘s open studios, which celebrate of the release of an unprecedented publication on the 30th anniversary of the League’s Emerging Voices Program. With many of our fellow Emerging Voices in New York City, we invite you to visit our offices!

 

More information here.

May 2015

Calvin Tsao in The New Yorker

The New Yorker’s Culture Desk features the final presentations of Kevin Waltz and Alex Schweder’s interior design studio Housing the Homeless in NYC (taught jointly at Parsons The New School for Design and the Pratt Institute). Calvin Tsao, Cindy Allen, and Susan Sarandon served as guest critics.

 

“The class comes at a grim juncture in the history of New York City housing and its fraught relationship with homelessness. The number of homeless people in the city is the highest it’s even been – in March, the Coalition for the Homeless, a leading advocacy organization, placed the number of people living in shelters at just above sixty thousand, including almost twenty-five thousand children.”

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Zack McKown in the Wall Street Journal

In the Wall Street Journal‘s “The Complete A-Z Guide to Tiles,” Zack McKown pairs tiles to illustrate how design can embrace narratives found in nature.

Here, we show an exterior detail from the Piedmont House.

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Departures 2015 Design Council

Tsao & McKown is in Departures’ 2015 Design Council.

“The firm believes that the design process must begin with a holistic focus on the environmental, psychological, historical and economic aspects of a particular set of lives.”

May 2015

Zack McKown in New York Magazine

Zack McKown chooses Paul Rudolph’s living room for “18 Architects and Designers on Their Favorite Rooms of All Time.”

 

“Rudolph is often described as Brutalist, but there’s nothing severe or somber about the space. The thrusting I-beams, canopied walkways, and floating stairs create these beautiful social and living areas. And though the design looks so new, it really fits into the older building.”

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Calvin Tsao to participate in symposium at the Fashion Institute of Technology

On April 27, the Fashion Institute of Technology and New York Magazine will hold a symposium on hospitality design. Hosted by Joseph Lembo and moderated by Wendy Goodman, the event includes panelists Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz, Clodagh, and Calvin Tsao.

 

Event Information:
April 27
1:30-3:30PM
Fashion Institute of Technology
D Building, Room D 207
227 W. 27th Street, New York City

 

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Calvin Tsao and Zack McKown deliver 7th Annual Distinguished Designer Lecture at George Washington University

Calvin Tsao and Zack McKown speak at George Washington University’s School of Interior Architecture and Design.

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Curbed New York recognizes William Beaver House

Curbed names the William Beaver House seventh in 14 Most Popular Buildings of 2014, a ranking of residential projects in New York City “with the most overall units sold.”

In addition to the distinctiveness, sensitivity, and quality of design, the success of the building results from Tsao & McKown’s in-depth market analysis and branding services provided at the early stages of the project’s conception.

For more on the William Beaver House, click here.

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Heart and Home: Rooms that Tell Stories profiles Calvin Tsao & Zack McKown

“All of our belongings engage us in some form of interchange,” says McKown. “They’re there for the sake of contemplation.”

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More on Heart & Home here.

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“Allowing viewers to become more aware of their built environment” – Interior Design Magazine

An article on the Interior Design Magazine website documents Tsao & McKown’s Re[Framing] Provincetown installation as a way to “spark a conversation about the area and what once existed there.”

Please click here to read the full press release.

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Re[Framing] Provincetown: Animating Through History

We are proud to announce the opening of Re[Framing] Provincetown: Animating History Through Sharing, an installation and following exhibition (September 26th – October 26th), which creates links between The Provincetown Art Association and Museum (PAAM) and the Provincetown community, to share in the history, perspective and perception of the town.

A series of diptych ‘frames’ are positioned in strategic locations throughout Provincetown, allowing visitors to engage in the present view, whilst identifying changes from a historical photo or painting of the same view, present in the second frame.

The installation will be on view until the end of October. Please click here for further information.

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“An Elegantly Produced Exhibition” – Mel Bochner: Strong Language at The Jewish Museum, New York

The New York Times calls Tsao & McKown’s Mel Bochner: Strong Language exhibition design “elegantly produced” in their review. On show until September 21st the exhibition exposes “the secret power of synonyms” drawing upon Mel Bochner’s past and present work with words.

The exhibition was a highly collaborative effort between the architects, the curator Norman Kleeblatt from The Jewish Museum, and Mel Bochner himself. After viewing the completed installation for the first time, Mr. Bochner wrote the following:

“It’s beautiful. Subtle, but powerful. Architecture-as-spatial-choreography.”

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Tsao & McKown has moved …

We are excited to have joined the creative community at The Old American Can Factory in Gowanus, Brooklyn for the next two years while we’re on the hunt for our next home ….

As of May 12th, 2014 our new address is:

242 Third Street
Brooklyn, New York 11215

Our main number remains the same 212.337.3800

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Mel Bochner: Strong Language Exhibition

Tsao & McKown are the exhibition designers for the current Mel Bochner: Strong Language exhibition at the Jewish Museum in New York. The artist Mel Bochner was also featured on the April cover of Art in America.

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The Jewish Museum, New York
May 2nd – September 21st 2014

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Common Ground

Piedmont House is featured in Remodelista’s Chinese New Year Issue. The article details the multi-cultural sensibilities of the house.

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Visiting Professor: Calvin Tsao

Calvin Tsao will teach a design studio at Parsons: The New School for Design during the Spring Semester of 2012. The MFA interior design residential studio aims to explore implications, constraints and possibilities of newly constructed interiors in New York City through investigation of political, economic, and social conditions. The studio will be taught with Derek Porter and Mike Lee.

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“Architect Sure!”

Sagaponac House was included in the Ten Top Images on Archinect’s “Architect Sure!” Pinterest Board!

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January 2014

Lumiere Living in Interior Design

Tsao & McKown’s Lumiere Residences are featured in the new 2014 Interior Design Yearbook Professional Edition. The photo casebook reflects upon how the project develops an understanding of how essential classic models and past precedents can inform a contemporary context.

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Archinect’s Employer of the Day

Tsao & McKown have been featured as Archinect’s Employers of the Day! Please follow the link to see the full facebook feature or view our profile on the Archinect website.

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Preservation in Asian Cities

On Tuesday December 3rd, at 6:30pm Calvin Tsao will be speaking as part of the Center for Architecture’s ‘Preservation in Asian Cities’ panel. We hope to see you there!

Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place, New York
6:30pm – 8.30pm

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Inside to Outside

Privacy and Public Space in the Sustainable City
Wednesday, November 6, at 6:30pm @ NYSID

Leading architects Hugh Hardy and Calvin Tsao discuss the links between public and private, interior and exterior, and how creative planning in today’s cities can enhance human interaction and sustainable design.

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Cocktails & Conversations

On Friday October 18th, following the release of the WSJ article, Calvin Tsao & Karen Stein (Design Consultant and Writer) will be in conversation at the Center for Architecture, discussing issues facing the architectural profession and how we can go beyond the physicality of buildings.

Friday Archtober 18th, Center for Architecture, New York
Tickets include one drink: $12.50 (AIA members) / $15 (non AIA members)

The evening also includes cocktails by bartender and author Eben Klemm.

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Video: Cocktails & Conversation

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Tsao & McKown Bring Eco Friendly Designs to China

Tsao & McKown are featured in The Wall Street Journal online and in print on Saturday 12th of October. The article written by Karen Stein references the offices past experience designing in China and addresses design methodologies for the future.

Read the full article here

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Practical Utopias

Tsao & McKown is participating in the Practical Utopias Symposium ‘The Diversity of International Work in Asia’ at the AIA New York Center for Architecture as part of Archtober.

Calvin Tsao is partaking in the symposium panel entitled ‘Urbanism, Culture, and Quality of Life in Asian Cities’, and the exhibition at the AIA Center for Architecture in New York also includes Tsao & McKown’s Suntec City project in Singapore.

The Exhibition will run from October 1st, 2013 – January 18th, 2014 at The Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place, New York

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Best of Year Awards 2012 – Winner

The Lumiere project in Taipei wins the Best of Year Award in the Residential Public Space Model category.

Merit was also awarded to Gary Morgenroth and Tsao & McKown for the Beresford Residence in the large apartment category.

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Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) Legacy Award

Calvin Tsao to receive the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) Legacy Award.

MOCA: With this years celebration we seek to honor game changers, those who’ve made a difference by challenging stereotypes and exceeding expectations across variety of fields.

We are honored to announce that Calvin Tsao has received the Legacy Award from the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA). Congratulations to the fellow awardees: Silas Chou (President and CEO, Novel Holdings Group), Angelica Cheung (Editor in Chief, Vogue China), and Humberto Leon and Carol Lim (Co-Founders, Opening Ceremony).

The annual Legacy Award gala will take place at Cipriani Wall Street on December 3, 2012.

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National Design Awards Gallery

TsAO & McKOWN has been featured in the National Design Awards Gallery. The NDA celebrates design as a vital humanistic tool in shaping the world, and seek to increase awareness of design by educating the public and promoting excellence, innovation, and lasting achievement in American design. Explore the work of the winners, finalists, and jurors of the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Awards in the gallery.

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OPEN: an exhibition by Tsao & McKown

Syracuse University School of Architecture
April 17th – May 9th

OPEN is a dyptical exhibition in which the gallery space is devoted to use by the students, and the materials are primarily viewed on a website created for the exhibition: sevenprojects.net

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WSJ: Six Floors for One Family in Taipei

The recently completed Lumiere building in Taipei, Taiwan was featured in The Wall Street Journal’s Scene Asia. WSJ’s Deborah Kan discusses the $50 million listing with Andrew LaVallee.

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Video: $50 Million Dollar Home in Taipei

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AIA New York State Citation for William Beaver House

The William Beaver House in Manhattan’s financial district has received a “Citation” from the New York State AIA. In addition to this most recent recognition, the William Beaver House has been lauded for its architecture and interiors by other prestigious organizations, and has received extensive local and international coverage.

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2010 American Architecture Award

William Beaver House has been recognized by the “Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design” in conjunction with the “European Centre for Architecture and Design and Urban Studies” with a 2010 American Architecture Award for Most Significant Contemporary Architecture in the US.

WBH will be included in a special exhibition of all winners at their annual conference, “The City and The World: Madrid Symposium” before traveling to the Athens Museum and then Istanbul.

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The First Lady Hosts National Design Awards

The First Lady hosts a ceremony at the White House for the winners and finalists of the 2009 National Design Awards, part of the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. She praises the recipients for their innovative ideas, and for serving as inspiration for future generations of designers. July 24, 2009.

Video: The First Lady addresses the NDA Winners
Article on the Cooper-Hewitt Awards

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Smithsonian – Cooper Hewitt National Design Award

The Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum has selected TsAO & McKOWN for the 2009 National Design Award in Interior Design.

New York Times Article regarding the Awards