work of Mark Cigolle and Kim Coleman of Los Angeles, California investigates
the nature of architectural collaboration. In a design collaboration,
a joint intellectual effort, the outcome of project is not predetermined,
because invention and intervention from one collaborator actively alters
the other's preconceived notions of where a project is going. The husband
and wife team engages a wide-ranging set of architectural priorities:
maintaining an architectural practice, acting as general contractor
in building their design work, researching theoretical issues in an
academic setting and teaching architectural design and theory. Each
activity informs and reforms the ongoing collaborative process.
receiving bachelors and masters degrees from Princeton University, Mark
Cigolle (A.B. Princeton. Graduate studies at Harvard.
M.Arch. Princeton) worked in the offices of Michael Graves, I.M. Pei,
Richard Meier, and Peter Eisenman before starting his own firm in New
York. Cigolle has taught architecture at the University of Kentucky,
Rhode Island School of Design, the University of Virginia, and the University
of Southern California.
Kim Coleman (A.B. Smith
College. M.Arch. University of Virginia.) studied fine arts at Smith
College and worked as a general contractor in Washington D.C. before
pursuing a graduate degree in architecture from the University of Virginia.
She began working with Cigolle in New York; the two formed a partnership
and moved to Los Angeles in 1982. In addition to architectural practice,
Coleman is also a professor at the School of Architecture, University
of Southern California, where she has taught for the past twenty years.
Current and ongoing work of the team can be characterized in three broad
and living in the same place has generated a new programmatic typology
which is likely to become a prevalent option, particularly in urban
areas like Los Angeles. The framework of relationships between the activities
of living and working has been explored in a series of houses, including
Canyon House, Sky Ranch House, and the TR houses.
and University Work:
Place-making in the public realm and relationships between the external
forces of context and internal forces of program are explored through
educational work, including , most recently, a new building for Wildwood
School in Los Angeles, California.
potential of the computer as it impacts on design process is an ongoing
research interest of the partnership. The development of strategies
that integrate the computer as an integral part of design process has
been an evolving subject of the team's research over the past sixteen