Design creates culture. Culture shapes values. Values determine the future.
We don’t believe in architectural trends. We do believe in designing places that reflect their surroundings and the diversity in our society. Although architecture may be “bricks and sticks,” it is not static. We are fascinated by the premise that every building chronicles a narrative, and that each tale has its own economic and social ramifications. Buildings provide insight into culture and identity, but not through a conventional lens. They are part art, part history, part politics, and part travelogue. They also are an integral part of our ecology. We want to make certain each of our designs meets the combined social, economic, and environmental needs of our clients and are committed to reducing the ecological impact that building has on our natural settings.
With an emphasis on sustainable practices that directly affect how we live, workshop/apd specializes in high-end residential renovations, new home construction, and commercial development. Since its inception in 1999, the workshop brand has grown and now extends to custom furniture, lighting, accessories, products, and kitchen systems. Throughout the years the company’s designs have appeared in such leading publications as Architectural Record, Conservation, Elle Décor, House Beautiful, Interior Design, Metropolis, Metropolitan Home, The Christian Science Monitor, The New York Times, The Washington Post and USA Today. They also are the 2006 winners of the Global Green USA/Brad Pitt Sustainable Design Competition.
In 2010 the company launched RightFrame, a technology firm that automates home design to change the face and the carbon footprint of the suburban landscape. It combines smart, modern style and responsible living in a moderately-priced well-designed house.
Sustainable design is, in short, good design.
Following the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Katrina along the Gulf Coast in 2006, actor Brad Pitt and Global Green USA realized the intelligence of building “green.” Their intent to rebuild hurricane-ravaged New Orleans for a sustainable future gave impetus to a global design competition, wherein the workshop/apd proposal – GreeN.O.LA – was selected as the winning submission. This project to build a 120-occupant, eco-friendly model housing block in the Lower 9th District Ward of New Orleans broke ground in 2007 and is under construction. Since accepting their GreeN.O.LA honors, company principals Matthew Berman and Andrew Kotchen have been invited to speak to groups across the globe about rebuilding New Orleans and their approach to bringing ecologically sound design to low-cost housing.
WHAT WE DO
Our collaborative, multi-disciplinary team shares a diverse body of knowledge and professional experience that enables us to provide a comprehensive range of services that include:
Adaptive reuse and historic preservation
Mixed use and commercial design
Urban design and planning
Digital design and visualization
Recognized for their innovative approach to design, workshop/apd principals Matthew Berman and Andrew Kotchen continue to prove that intelligent architectural concepts can be translated successfully into responsible real world products. Their comprehensive body of work explores an intimate understanding of client program and site, a progressive use of materials, and advanced fabrication techniques.