Definition Series

On the occasion of the OFFICEUS Atlas Book Launch 

Tuesday, April 28 7pm 


The 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale has been widely critiqued for producing a body of work that does not respond to traditional notions of research in the construction of knowledge. 


On the occasion of the publication of the OfficeUS Atlas (the second of four books affiliated with OfficeUS), a series of scholars, critics, and architects are asked to define what constitutes the essence of “research” in an era dominated by the instant search. From inductive to deductive thought, this event aims to articulate the desires and fears that influence the construction of knowledge today.  


With Definitions and contributions by Lydia Kallipoliti, Ana Miljacki, Jorge Otero Pailos, Ashley Schafer, Bernard Tschumi, Anthony Vidler and Eva Franch. 





Edited by Eva Franch i Gilabert, Ana Milijački, Michael Kubo, Ashley Schafer, 


16 x 24 cm, 6¼ × 9½ in, 1250 Pages, color. 2000 Ilustrations, Hardcover (2014)

ISBN 978-3-03778-438-9, English


$50.00 for Storefront Members


OfficeUS Atlas, the second in the series of OfficeUS books, is a collection of key press records of US production abroad and the transformations of the US architectural office over the last one hundred years. In highlighting some of the major historical narratives threaded through the century, the book uses the timeline of offices and projects established by the exhibition as its backbone. OfficeUS Atlas functions as a map, as a seed of future research, and as an instigator of further discussions regarding our architectural past and future. Documenting the development of US architectural offices abroad from 1914 to the present, OffieUS Atlas collects the exhibition research in the form of a reader and includes the featured collection of projects and offices illustrated by over 1,200 photographs and architectural drawings.




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OfficeUS  Agenda

Edited by Eva Franch i Gilabert, Ana Milijački, Ashley Schafer, Amanda Reeser Lawrence



The OfficeUS Agenda is the first of four publications to be published as part of the OfficeUS project and it serves as the catalog for the exhibition. The Agenda weaves together the last hundred years of architecture production through themes and concepts of Modernization, US architectural firms, and their exports through a collection of essays and visual narratives. We have commissioned thirteen essays that include a wide range of viewpoints on the subject by notable scholars such as Barry Bergdoll, Beatriz Colomina, Jorge Otero-Pailos and Keller Easterling. These will be illustrated in part with archival photographs donated by Erica Stoller of Esto. The visual narratives serve as foils to the essays, related, but different and are on the topics of the US Cold War Expo program, Albert Kahn’s factories in Russia, the Hilton Hotels and the race to build the world’s tallest building.


Contributors: Daniel Barber, Barry Bergdoll, Beatriz Colomina, Peggy Deamer, Keller Easterling, Brendan Hookway, Timothy Hyde, Michael Kubo, Ijlal Muzaffar, Jorge Otero-Pailos, Ivan Rupnik, Hilary Sample, Claire Zimmerman


16 x 24 cm, 6 ¼ × 9 ½ in

272 pages, approx. 640 illustrations, paperback (2014)

ISBN 978-3-03778-437-2, e


Order OfficeUS Agenda below.





September 2015

Office US Manual compiles the protocols and strategies of the architecture office to form a working manual for  Office US . From business models to time-sheets, the  manual examines the conventions that structure practice  to transform the way we think about architectural offices.





New World


Office US New World highlights the work, conversations and intelligence developed by the fellows and the visitors  throughout the Biennale.