NO ARCHITECTURE is a minority-owned, single-office international architecture and design practice based in New York.
Founded by Andrew Heid in 2014, NO ARCHITECTURE is known for realizing harmonious solutions that offer greater spiritual, ecological, and cultural connection for users and the site. Our current work ranges from private residences in urban and rural contexts to large-scale planning and civic architecture in collaboration with landscape architects.
Our signature architectural approach prioritizes transparency and activity to create synergy between architecture and nature.
NO ARCHITECTURE’s projects are known for tailored “matrix plans” that create connectivity between indoors and outdoors, private and communal programs, and adaptable work/ live spaces. Creating simple gestures that connect people and spaces, NO ARCHITECTURE begins each unique project with a single question: “How do we best connect nature and modern life?”.
NO ARCHITECTURE continually pursues new opportunities to present the firm’s work through awards, media, lectures, exhibitions and forums. In 2017, Courtyard House — the firm’s first major residential project — received a Housing Design Honor Award from the Boston Society of Architects (BSA) and American Institute of Architects New York (AIANY) chapter. International magazines and publications covering NO ARCHITECTURE’s projects include Taschen, Architectural Digest, Architectural Record, Architect Magazine, Cultured Magazine, L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui, Dezeen, Dwell, The Oregonian, Wallpaper* and the Wall Street Journal, among others.
NO ARCHITECTURE’s holistic, iterative design process combined with a rigorous interrogation of site, context, and constraints yields each project’s outcome. At each stage, from predesign through construction administration, we communicate and collaborate with clients, stakeholders, and consultants to refine a project’s conceptual, formal, and technical trajectories. Ultimately, our design process concludes with a clearly defined idea that is explored through an architectural form—from how we live and work to how we gather, entertain, play, and learn. Through this framework, NO ARCHITECTURE innovates new spatial typologies for a variety of projects on unique sites that are dedicated to the harmony of nature, ecology, and urbanism with innovative architecture.
Ongoing urban development plans including new buildings and public spaces include Nanchong Nature City in Sichuan, China; and glass houses in Santa Barbara County, California and Devil Lake, Canada.
Recent private residential projects include Flower House, described by AD Italia: “ Thanks to the “umbrella” canopy structure, Flower House has the flexibility similar to a loft, free from structural supports. Views sweep in every direction, while each pavilion optimizes heating and cooling, sunlight and natural ventilation, along with the rituals of everyday life”; and Courtyard House described by Dwell: “ What makes the house particularly unusual is the small "courtyard" in the middle, its four walls of glass around a small space filled with native trees and bushes”
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A licensed architect, Andrew Heid studied architecture at Yale University and the Architectural Association as an undergraduate, and received his M.Arch. from Princeton University, where his design thesis earned the Suzanne Kolarik Underwood Prize, the graduate school’s highest honor. Prior to founding NO ARCHITECTURE in 2014, Andrew gained architectural design experience at REX and OMA in New York and Rotterdam, and with Adjaye Associates in London. He also designed and edited Ten Canonical Buildings: 1950-2000 (Rizzoli) with Peter Eisenman. Andrew is currently a visiting assistant professor at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, and previously taught at New York Institute of Technology and Columbia University.
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