First Office was founded by Anna Neimark and Andrew Atwood in downtown Los Angeles. The office strives to bring new aesthetic modes of representation and construction into the built environment through digital fabrication tools and robotics that directly engage architects and the public at large.


The design work and writings show a commitment to expanding the role of architecture in the public realm and to bringing the community into a closer relationship with art and architecture. Built projects include a collaboration on the Pinterest Office Headquarters in San Francisco, a Dome stage in Afghanistan, a temporary Screening Room at the MAK Center for Art and Architecture, a One-Room House in Los Angeles, and a rehabilitation of a Shotgun House in Lexington, Kentucky.


Collaborative texts have been published widely, including in architecture journals Log, Perspecta, Project, and Think Space Pamphlets. A selection of essays and projects, Nine Essays by First Office, has just been published by Graham Foundation’s Treatise: Why Write Alone? First Office has received numerous honors in competitions and has notably been awarded the Architectural League Prize in 2015.