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Michael Chen Michael K Chen MKCA

Michael K. Chen

Michael Chen established MKCA in 2011 with experience in architecture and design offices in San Francisco and New York. He leads a team that is dedicated to producing exceptionally refined and conceptually rich design at a broad range of scales from buildings to interiors to furniture to urbanism and with a commitment to research and experimentation in materials, technology, and manufacturing.

Michael studied architecture at the University of California at Berkeley (AB) and Columbia University (M.Arch). In addition to his professional work, he has taught architecture at The University of California at Berkeley, Cornell University, Columbia University, Parsons School of Design, and is currently on the faculty at Pratt Institute School of Architecture in Brooklyn, New York. Michael’s writings on architecture, urbanism, and infrastructure have appeared in Bracket [Goes Soft], MAS Context, and Urban Omnibus. He is the recipient of grants for independent research from the Graham Foundation, Pratt Institute, Columbia University, and the Van Alen Institute, and was the 2003-2004 John Dinkeloo Fellow at the American Academy in Rome.

Michael is a Registered Architect and a member of the American Institute of Architects.

Justin Snider MKCA

Justin Snider

Justin Snider came to MKCA with experience in both fabrication and technology having worked as a project manager at a high-end millwork and fabrication studio, a programmer and technologist with an audiovisual and home automation supplier, and as a staff architect at BAM Design where he was project designer for a racehorse viewing pavilion, and a New York penthouse for fashion designer Domenico Dolce. Justin earned a B. Arch from Pratt Institute where he is also on the faculty of the School of Architecture. He is a Registered Architect, a member of the American Institute of Architects, and a LEED Accredited Professional.

Natasha Harper MKCA

Natasha Harper

Natasha has several years of design experience at architecture and design firms in New York City. She worked with Diller, Scofidio + Renfro, developing a high rise residential and commercial tower for the Hudson Yards redevelopment. She was a senior designer and project manager at Roy Design working under Lindy Roy, and at Openshop Studio where she was responsible for numerous high end hospitality and commercial projects.

Natasha earned a Master of Architecture from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Architecture from Pratt Institute. She has taught design at Barnard College, Harvard’s Career Discovery program, a digital media skills lab at Princeton, and she has served on numerous architectural juries.

Natasha has a strong interest in digital design tools and the process of making, spanning from jewelry and furniture design to large-scale architectural and urban design scales. She has exhibited work in New York, Boston, China, and Spain.

 

 

Braden Caldwell MKCA

Braden Caldwell

Braden Caldwell began his professional career as a student intern at MKCA.  He is now a project architect and spearheads the office’s micro-housing work and research. He has lead the completion of several micro projects, including the office’s 5:1 Apartment, Attic Transformer, and Party Wall which have been published extensively in print and online. He also volunteers as the project architect of the Citizen Bridge, a temporary floating pedestrian bridge connecting Brooklyn to Governor’s Island across the Buttermilk Channel, proposed for installation in 2017. Braden earned a B. Arch from Pratt Institute.

Robinson Strong

Robinson Strong

Robinson Strong is a native New Yorker and a second-generation architect. He studied architecture at Pratt Institute, where he was awarded the Henry Adams Medal and the Rosenfeld Award for the most accomplished thesis project. Robinson worked previously at Form-ula and as a research assistant at Pratt’s renowned Center for Experimental Structures.

Milo

Milo Chen-Beck is a miniature black and tan silver dappled dachshund and food taster-in-chief at MKCA. He grew up in Manhattan where he has lived since he was eight weeks old. He enjoys hard rubber toys, fake fur, and stuffed lobsters. His approach to cuisine reflects his upbringing in the Meatpacking District and Chinatown and his Californian, Southwestern, Chinese, and Jewish family background. A culinary polyglot, he is equally knowledgeable about contemporary modernist cuisine as he is about street food. His favorite restaurant might be the Shake Shack but he’s really not that picky.

Leroy

 

Leroy was found on the mean streets of New Mexico before he was rescued and moved to Brooklyn.  He is a Catahoula Leopard Dog, a breed best known for hunting wild boars.  Now he uses those skills as the head of security for MKCA.  He checks the perimeter at regular intervals and licks everyone that comes to the door to make sure they’re up to snuff.

Hobbies include jumping, licking, thrashing sticks, belly rubs, and cuddling.

 

Hayes

Texas born. Brooklyn raised. Hayes “The Destroyer” Caldwell spends his days scouting upcoming projects and marking his territory. When not on the job, his hobbies include watching Cartoon Network, shredding take-out menus, and barking at inanimate objects.

Profile

Michael K Chen Architecture is an architecture practice providing innovative and superbly crafted work for clients seeking thoughtful and considered design. We have experience designing and building at a diverse range of scales and bring an ultra-refined sensibility and attention to detail to projects ranging from individual micro apartments to entire buildings.

Our approach is deeply informed by curiosity and a love of tinkering, of drawing, of discourse, and of making. Our methods and capabilities are at the leading edge of design, analysis, manufacturing, and construction, but we strive to produce exceptional experiences, intricately choreographed spaces, and works that are unexpected, hyper-useful, intelligent, and full of delight.

We have developed a reputation for excelling at complex urban projects, and are adept at synthesizing multiple functions, systems, and constituencies into elegant and often beguilingly simple works. MKCA serves a diverse and international client base. We are based in New York City and work across the United States and worldwide.