About Allied Works Architecture
Allied Works Architecture is a 40-person practice led by Brad Cloepfil from offices in Portland, Oregon, and New York City. Guided by principles of craft and innovation, Allied Works creates designs that resonate with their specificity of place and purpose. The firm’s practice is grounded in the belief that architecture provides meaningful new insight into its surrounding physical and ideological landscapes. Using a research-based approach, Allied Works distills the elemental principles that drive each of their projects and transforms these into material, shape, and structure—architectural designs that engage public imagination and amplify a city’s cultural legacy.
Founded in 1994, Allied Works is widely recognized for its cultural projects, among them the Clyfford Still Museum in Denver, Colorado, which has been acclaimed for its nuanced approach to light and space in showcasing the creative vision of a single artist. Additional prominent arts and educational projects include the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis; the Museum of Arts and Design in New York; Seattle Art Museum; the University of Michigan Museum of Art; Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in the Dallas Arts District; and the Schnitzer Center for Art and Design at the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon.
Allied Works has also designed and completed private residences, offices, and creative workspaces, such its design for Wieden + Kennedy Agency, which radically transformed an historic warehouse in Portland’s Pearl District into a world headquarters that has become a benchmark for adaptive reuse and workplace architecture; the Dutchess County Estate in Stanfordville, New York; and Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, California.
Major current projects include the National Music Centre of Canada, in Calgary, Alberta, which will be completed in 2016; a U.S. Embassy compound in Maputo, Mozambique; the Veterans’ Memorial Museum in Columbus, Ohio; and studio and production spaces for Theory and Helmut Lang in New York City.
Case Works, the first traveling exhibition on Allied Works dedicated to its architectural models and drawings, will open at the Denver Art Museum in 2016. A comprehensive monograph on Allied Works was published in 2011 by Gregory R. Miller & Co., featuring essays by Sandy Isenstadt and Kenneth Frampton alongside a series of conversations between Cloepfil and artists, scientists, thinkers, and makers, bringing to light the firm’s influences and approach, and exploring the foundations of design and creative practice writ large.
Architect, educator, and principal of Allied Works Architecture, Brad Cloepfil creates culturally resonant architectural designs that are forged by the defining elements of their mission and site. He has designed and realized a wide range of projects around the world, including civic and educational institutions, arts organizations and museums, and private residences. He has received particular acclaim for his work on creative and cultural projects and for crafting powerful spaces for art and interaction.
Cloepfil’s earliest influences lay outside the field of architecture—from the vast landscapes and monumental works of civil engineering in the Pacific Northwest, to the simple yet profoundly affecting gestures of land and installation artists. One of his earliest defining projects was the Maryhill Overlook, completed in 1998, the first in a series of site-specific interventions and installation designs in diverse landscapes across the Pacific Northwest. In the years since, his body of work has continued to be as informed by the history of place as it is by his formal training. His approach to design combines a research-intensive focus on the specific character of each project with an understanding of the transformative possibilities of architecture.
Cloepfil founded Allied Works Architecture in his native Portland, Oregon, in 1994, and opened the New York City office in 2003. The recipient of numerous design awards, Cloepfil has held professorships and lectured widely throughout North America and Europe. He earned his bachelor’s in architecture at the University of Oregon, and holds an advanced degree in architectural design from the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture.
Kyle Lommen joined Allied Works’ Portland office in 1998, where served as Project Architect for Wieden + Kennedy’s World Headquarters and the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.
In 2003, he opened the New york office and served as Principal-in-Charge for all major projects including the Museum of Arts and Design, the competition-winning proposal for the East River Walk, Bennington College Crossett Library, Hamilton College Arts Facilities, the Dutchess County Estate, and projects for Ian Schrager and Andre Balazs. Since 2009, he has been Principal-inCharge for all significant projects including the National Music Centre of Canada, Sokol Blosser Winery, Pacific Northwest College of Art and the Ohio Veterans’ Memorial and Museum.
Chelsea Grassinger joined Allied Works Architecture in 2000 as a Project Architect. Prior to joining Allied Works, she worked with Rick Joy Architects in Tucson, AZ and at Arnal Bassol Fernandez y Associados in Mexico City.
During her tenure, Chelsea has been instrumental in realizing some of Allied Works’ most important projects. She has served as the Project Architect for the University of Michigan Museum of Art’s renovation, expansion, and exhibition furniture design, and as the Project Manager for the National Music Centre of Canada. Chelsea has also provided support on the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, the Museum of Arts and Design and the Clyfford Still Museum as well as multiple private residences. Currently, she is the Project Manager for the Ohio Veterans’ Memorial and Museum.
Joining Allied Works in 1998, Dan Koch has acted as Project Architect and Job Captain for several of Allied Works’ important and technically challenging projects. Collaborating with Allied Works’ design teams and external consultants, Dan has been integral to the realization of the University of Michigan Museum of Art, Seattle Art Museum, the Clyfford Still Museum and on numerous private residences. He is currently working on the National Music Centre of Canada.
Prior to joining Allied Works, Dan worked as exhibit coordinator and installer for The Getty Conservation Institute at the Oldavai Gorge Museum in Tanzania. He also brings with him years of finish carpentry experience and craftsmanship gained while working on private residences in Santa Barbara, California and more recently, on his own furniture projects.
Brent Linden joined Allied Works Architecture in 2003. As a Lead Design Associate, he works directly with Brad Cloepfil to oversee the firm’s internal design teams in the creation, production, and external presentation of all design work.
In leading the design teams, he has developed the design for the Museum of Arts and Design, Clyfford Still Museum, National Music Centre of Canada, and Vancouver Community Connector. Brent has also been instrumental in several international competitions, including the Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive, Botantical Research Institute of Texas, Hudson Yards Boulevard, Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, and a new arts storage facility in Wisconsin.
Prior to joining Allied Works, he gained experience at Rodriguez & Quiroga Associates, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, and David Guthrie Studio. In 2008 and 2010, Brent was a Visiting Professor at the University of Oregon.
Chris Stoddard joined Allied Works in 2014 as Managing Director. He is responsible for managing the firm’s strategic, financial and operational activities, while overseeing all projects in the New York office. Prior to joining Allied Works, he served as Managing Principal for ZGF Architects in New York, and Senior Associate Principal at Kohn Pedersen Fox.
Chris is an experienced architect with over 20 years of experience guiding clients and managing a variety of complex building types including research buildings, academic facilities, government projects, transportation facilities, and mixed-use commercial buildings. Several of his projects have achieved exceptional environmental and energy performance. Notable projects include the City University of New York, City College Advanced Science Research Facility in Manhattan, the City Center Mandarin Hotel in Las Vegas, the Baruch Academic Complex in Manhattan, which received the 2003 Honor Award for Architecture by the National AIA, and the 15,000-acre Songdo International Business District mixed-use master plan development in Korea.
Chris is currently managing a variety of education building projects for Education First, an international education company. He is a licensed architect in the State of New York and New Jersey, and a LEED Accredited Professional.
Keith Alnwick has worked on the research, design and development of major arts, educational and cultural projects since coming to Allied Works in 2000, including the University of Michigan Museum of Art, Booker T. Washington Arts Magnet, Seattle Art Museum, and Museum of Arts & Design, Clyfford Still Museum and the Feature Animation Facility.
In 2007, Keith was appointed Director of Research, and charged with supporting and integrating the promotional, educational and outreach efforts of the firm. He is also involved with new business pursuits and special projects, including Allied Works’ recent publications, exhibitions and installation projects for Bullseye Glass, the San Francisco Jewish Museum and the Venice Architecture Biennale.
As an educator, Keith has served as program director for Allied Works’ Caldera Arts Partnership program, and has held teaching positions for the Master of Architecture program at the University of Oregon and the MFA program in Applied Craft & Design at Oregon College of Art & Craft and Pacific Northwest College of Art.
Nathan joined Allied Works in 1997 as a member of the Wieden + Kennedy Agency World Headquarters project team, and returned in 2008 after serving as a Project Architect at THA Architects to oversee the documentation and completion of the Feature Animation Facility in Emeryville, California. Nathan was instrumental in refining the drawings, details and finishes for the facility, and ensuring the construction was executed to exacting specifications. His experience also includes the planning and design of a proposed Animation Studio in Glendale, California.
Currently, Nathan is the project architect on the new Catlin Gabel School Creative Arts Center in Portland as well as a new tasting room for Sokol Blosser Winery in Dayton, Oregon. A licensed architect in the state of Oregon and a LEED Accredited Professional, Nathan has served as the lead construction administrator and sustainability coordinator for these innovative and technically challenging projects.
Daniel Richmond joined Allied Works as a Project Architect and Job Captain in 2002. Previously, he served as a Project Architect at Studio Daniel Libeskind in Berlin, Germany where he worked on numerous proposals for the Denver Art Museum, Jewish Museum San Francisco, Imperial War Museum of the North, the Felix Nussbaum Museum and the extension to the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.
At Allied Works, Daniel has served as Job Captain for the Museum of Arts and Design and worked on Seattle Art Museum during schematic design. Currently, he is the Job Captain for the National Music Centre of Canada.
Rashmi Vasavada has been with Allied Works since 2007, and has worked on a range of projects including the Feature Animation Facility in Emeryville, California, and is currently the project architect for the Schnitzer Center for Art & Design at the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon.
Prior to joining Allied Works, Rashmi worked as a project architect in the office of Randall Stout Architects in Los Angeles on a range of museum projects and served as a project designer at Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates in New York. She is a registered Architect in the state of California and is a LEED Accredited Professional.
Thea von Geldern
Thea von Geldern joined Allied Works in 2004. During her decade of experience she has worked closely with leading creative clients, gaining extensive experience in programming, planning, and design. While her work has focused on creative workspace, she has also contributed to the design of cultural buildings of civic and national significance, including the Seattle Art Museum and the National Music Centre of Canada. Most recently, she has served as Project Lead for the U.S. Embassy in Mozambique and Theory Design and Production Studios.