Brad Cloepfil

Allied Arts Architecture

Case Work: Studies in form, space, and construction

October 20 | 9:30 | Tower Theatre

Brad Cloepfil, Founding Principal of Allied Works Architecture, will discuss the firm’s
design process, creative work and notable projects (such as The Clyfford Still Museum
in Denver, the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, and the National Music
Centre of Canada, in Calgary) presented through the lens of their exhibition entitled
Case Work: Studies in Form, Space, and Construction.

Case Work offers an inside view into Allied Works Architecture’s unique approach
to design, a process driven by a rich material and physical investigation. ForBrad
Cloepfil and Allied Works, each project begins with the creation of hand drawings and
concept models. These highly evocative artifacts—forged of diverse matter such as
reclaimed timbers, porcelain, resin, glass, lead and steel—distill the essence of each
project, and explore the dialogue among material, technique and intention that lies at
the heart of architectural practice.

The exhibition presents a series of custom-built cases, which open up to reveal
a collection of artifacts inside, including models, drawings, material samples, and
other studies that have provided conceptual inspiration. Each case is inspired by the
artifacts and investigations it houses, and serves as a means of extension, engaging
the body, the hand, and the eye. Curated by Dean Sobel, Director of the Clyfford
Still Museum, the exhibition places the firm’s work in context, and explores how this
singular collection of artifacts reveals the process of creation in architecture—the act
of translating ideas into built form.

As Cloepfil stated in his 1994 treatise Sitings: Five Reflections on Architectural-

“The potential for evocative experience can be found in any situation. The challenge
in building is to allow an inherent architecture to assert itself, to create a
means for the known to be perceived in an entirely new way.”

Where I'll Be

Architect, educator, and principal of Allied Works Architecture, Brad Cloepfil creates culturally resonant architectural designs that are forged by the defining elements of their mission and site. Cloepfil’s earliest influences lay outside the field of architecture—from the vast landscapes and monumental works of civil engineering in the Pacific Northwest, to the simple yet profoundly affecting gestures of land and installation artists. One of his earliest defining projects was the Maryhill Overlook, completed in 1998, the first in a series of site-specific interventions and installation designs in diverse landscapes across the Pacific Northwest. In the years since, his body of work has continued to be as informed by the history of place as it is by his formal training. His approach to design combines a research-intensive focus on the specific character of each project with an understanding of the transformative possibilities of architecture.

Cloepfil has received particular acclaim for his work on creative and cultural projects and for crafting powerful spaces for art and interaction. These works include the Clyfford Still Museum in Denver, Colorado; the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis; the Museum of Arts and Design in New York; the Seattle Art Museum; the University of Michigan Museum of Art; the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in the Dallas Arts District; and the Schnitzer Center for Art and Design at the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon. Allied Works was also one of two finalists for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s expansion to house the Modern and Contemporary Art Galleries.

Cloepfil has also designed private residences, offices, and creative workspaces, such its design for Wieden + Kennedy Agency; the Dutchess County Estate in Stanfordville, New York; and Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, California. Major current projects include the National Music Centre of Canada, in Calgary, Alberta, which will be completed in 2016; a U.S. Embassy compound in Maputo, Mozambique; the Veterans’ Memorial Museum in Columbus, Ohio; and studio and production spaces for Theory and Helmut Lang in New York City.

Case Works, the first traveling exhibition on Allied Works dedicated to its architectural models and drawings, first opened at the Denver Art Museum in January 2016 and is currently on view at the Portland Art Museum through September 4th, 2016.

Cloepfil founded Allied Works Architecture in his native Portland, Oregon, in 1994, and opened the New York City office in 2003. The recipient of numerous design awards, Cloepfil has held professorships and lectured widely throughout North America and Europe. He earned his bachelor’s in architecture at the University of Oregon, and holds an advanced degree in architectural design from the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture.