INABA WILLIAMS specializes in applying methods of analysis to problems of building and design. The firm’s creative process involves identifying opportunities that will lead to original solutions that have spaces, building components, and details with a high degree of construction resolution. INABA has been published in the Financial Times, Vice Motherboard, FRAME, Mark Magazine, Art Review, Architectural Record, Artforum, ArchDaily, Archinect, Architizer, Metropolis, and BLDGBLOG.
INABA is seeking Researchers in New York to work on a range of content development projects. Applicants should have excellent qualifications in these areas:
* Ability to reason and develop design concepts in a logical, systematic manner
* Eagerness to take initiative and excel at team-oriented tasks
* Desire to contribute to the larger goals of the project
* Graphic design and typography knowledge a huge plus
Please send a statement of interest, CV, and URL of work examples to:
firstname.lastname@example.org. Include “Researcher” in the subject heading.
Inquiries by email only. No phone calls please.
Sep 16, 2015
We're very honored that the two Red Bull commissions were selected for Record Interiors, the magazine's annual design review of interior architecture. Sarah Amelar writes about the projects in this feature article.
Jul 15, 2015
Jul 1, 2015
You can read details here in the coming weeks.
Jun 7, 2015
Jeffrey leads off the June issue of Metropolis magazine's A to Z guide to office design with a description of one approach architects can take to adapt spaces to new technology.
Jun 5, 2015
INABA is excited to host the Architectural League of New York's First Friday event on June 5. It's a chance for members to check out recent and upcoming projects in the office over drinks. ABRUZZO BODZIAK ARCHITECTS, MESH Architectures, and Young Projects - all located in the same building - will also be hosting members for this event. More info here.
May 20, 2015
Jeffrey and Darien attended Architizer's A+ Awards party which honored INABA's Red Bull New York office with the Workplace design Jury Award. All of us here are very thankful to be recognized by Architizer's community.
Apr 15, 2015
Mar 17, 2015
We're happy to announce that the Red Bull New York Office has been selected as a Finalist for a 2015 Architizer A+ Award in the Workspace category.
Nov 27, 2014
INABA is excited to announce the completion of New York Light, an animated light structure realized in collaboration with Tillotson Design Associates, Silman & Associates, Walsh Electrical Contractors, and Naho Kubota - and organized by the Flatiron 23rd Street Partnership and Van Alen Institute.
Here's the link to the complete project description.
Nov 22, 2014
Nov 17, 2014
Go here for a description and more images.
Nov 6, 2014
The Palm Springs Art Museum presents a retrospective of E. Stewart Williams' work in the inaugural exhibition of its Architecture and Design Center located in a restored building that Willams designed.
Oct 17, 2014
Jeffrey along with Benedict Clouette received a 2014 Knight Foundation prototype grant to develop community-based planning tools.
You can find out more about Archtober and sign up for the tour here.
Jeffrey Inaba and graphic designer Glen Cummings of MTWTF will provide a semi-fictional account of their past work on publications, signage, environmental graphics and architectural design, including for Red Bull Music Academy and Little Tokyo Design Week. This program is presented in conjunction with the fourth annual Archtober festival of architecture and design in New York City.
Thursday, 9 October 2014
Bumble and bumble.
415 W. 13th St.
3rd Floor Auditorium
New York, NY 10014
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Sep 24, 2014
INABA's winning installation New York Light will illuminate the plaza as a backdrop for public events and provide visitors with a special view of the Flatiron building and the Madison Square skyline during the holiday season. The design is the result of a collaboration between the Brooklyn-based INABA, Tillotson Design Associates, Robert Silman Associates, and Walsh Electrical Contracting.
Created to echo the plaza’s namesake skyscraper, the installation will frame the Flatiron Building to its south. At the other end, the steel tube installation faces north along Broadway, opening up to outline a view of the Empire State Building.
Mirror panels hang from the structure so visitors standing inside can see these views bordered by partial reflections of the plaza’s surroundings. At night, flashing LEDs illuminate the structure to create dramatic vantage points and inviting opportunities for photos with friends with the city in the background.
“The Flatiron Plaza is one of the few places where it’s possible to experience the magnificence of Manhattan’s urban plan. And it’s a unique spot in the heart of the city where the sky and skyline can be seen from street level,” said Jeffrey Inaba, Founder of INABA. “The installation is meant to be a place to take in these qualities, as well as to appreciate all of the street activity day and night which are reflect by its mirrored panels.”
The installation will be unveiled in the North Public Plaza at Broadway, Fifth Avenue, and 23rd Street in time for the start of the holiday season, just before Thanksgiving. The installation will serve as an anchor for the Flatiron Partnership’s third annual holiday-themed programs throughout the month of December, which showcase the shopping, dining and culture in the neighborhood.
“This amazing piece of art will celebrate the holidays and New York itself, lighting up the Flatiron North Public Plaza and paying tribute to its views of the city from this special vantage point for the tens of thousands of people who pass through the district each day,” said Flatiron Partnership Executive Director Jennifer Brown. “Our competition set out to attract creative, diverse and whimsical ideas, and we were so excited by all of the proposals. We are particularly happy to partner with Flatiron-based Van Alen Institute to advance the district’s reputation as an international draw for innovation, commerce and culture.”
“Activating public spaces through design has been at the core of our work for years,” said Van Alen Institute Executive Director David van der Leer. “I’m excited to see how this elegant yet cool installation may further stimulate interactions between locals and visitors in the increasingly vibrant Flatiron District."
“We are delighted to partner with the Flatiron Partnership to present this innovative light installation that will commemorate the spirit of the upcoming holidays and spread warmth and cheer to the New Yorkers and visitors frequenting this great plaza space on a daily basis,” said New York City Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg. “The artwork will serve as a dynamic backdrop for other family-friendly, participatory programming organized by the BID for the public.”
In July, seven artists and architecture firms were invited to submit proposals for this year’s installation, including: EFGH Architectural Studio, e+i studio, INABA, Chris Jordan / Moey, RSVP Architecture Studio, SCAPE / Landscape Architecture, and Stereotank. Designers were challenged to create a temporary installation that offered a centerpiece for holiday events, a dramatic visual presence during the day and night, and an inventive design to encourage public interaction and reflect the unique neighborhood context. Proposals were reviewed by a jury with expertise across the worlds of design and public art, including representatives from the Partnership and Van Alen Institute’s Board of Trustees.
For more information, visit: http://bit.ly/1lFQ2BV
To download high-resolution images, visit: http://bit.ly/1ta5uoz
INABA: Jeffrey Inaba, Yoichiro Mizuno, Zhonghan Huang
Tillotson Design Associates: Suzan Tillotson, Erin Dreyfous, Megan Pfeffer
Robert Silman Associates: Nat Oppenheimer, Pat Arnett, Paul Laroque
Walsh Electrical Contractors: Ryan Walsh, Mike Acquesta
Jun 7, 2014
This week at the opening of the Venice Architecture Biennale Jeffrey discussed the challenges of integrating technology into the workplace at the US Pavilion. Following the discussion, Columbia University and the US Pavilion hosted a reception for Volume magazine's issue about technology and architecture, "Is This Not a Pipe." Check out all of the activities at OfficeUS. We are also super honored that "BIMness: or the Problem of Integration" by Jeffrey Inaba, Benedict Clouette and C-LAB was published in the Biennale's catalog.
Jun 4, 2014
Red Bull was awarded the prestigious International Association of Lighting Designers' 2014 Award of Excellence. Created by Tillotson Design Associates, the lighting dramatically transforms the space from day to night.
“Bold and unusual lighting choices help to distinguish one space from another and create a dynamic, contemporary experience,” commented one of the judges.
During the day, linear fluorescent uplights mix with daylight throughout the interior. At dusk, the uplights dim and linear rows of warm white neons mounted to the underside of the uplight pendants turn on, shifting the color and setting the tone for evening events. The bar in the main lounge is illuminated by a field of hollow acrylic tubes that are edge-lit with dynamic white and color-changing LEDs above.
The sound and light lock between the gallery and lecture hall has glossy, canary yellow surfaces, which are amplified by a pair of yellow neon tubes. The lecture hall ceiling is formed by rows of GFRC panels. Fluorescent uplighting above washes through the gaps between panels and down the walls making the space feel open and bright. Halogen accents between each panel provide dimmable, low-glare lighting for use during screenings and interviews.
A central corridor divides the seventh floor into eight collaborative studios. Fluorescent uplights mounted above the ductwork in the corridors elevate the ceiling and draw the effect of daylight into the interior. At night, the lighting transitions to halogen accents in the corridors and studios, creating an intimate environment for the frequent all-night recording sessions spent by participating musicians.
We are equally honored that Red Bull received the GE Edison Lighting Award of Merit.
May 21, 2014
We are grateful for having received the Architecture + Workspace Jury Award and celebrating with the great guests at Architizer's gala last week in New York.
Jeffrey and Liam will discuss ways architects engage the design of pipes, atmospheres, and environments on the architectural spectrum from buildings to digital environments. The event takes place Wednesday May 6 at 6p
Apr 17, 2014
bob is a design magazine out of Seoul edited by Minsun Park that consistently has beautiful graphic design and finds great editorial content from Asia, Europe, and North America. We're grateful to be published in their latest issue. Thanks bob!
Apr 16, 2014
We are honored to receive the Jury Award in Architizer's Architecture +Workspace category for the Red Bull Music Studios!
Mar 5, 2014
Mar 3, 2014
Red Bull has been selected for a 2014 Design Award from the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.
Jan 2, 2014
In the Dec / Jan issue of Mark Magazine, Dan Wood, principal of Work AC, writes about the Red Bull Music Academy, describing it as "pure poetry of sight and sound, geometry and colour, punctuated by a sincere undertone of the unexpected."
Nov 22, 2013
Nov 20, 2013
Notions of the 'Smart City' have received a lot of attention in the past several years, but a workshop series hosted this week at London's Architecture Foundation proposes an alternative way of looking at the relationship between technology and the built environment. Read Oli Stratford's interview with Jeffrey Inaba.
Nov 18, 2013
Jeffrey Inaba's C-Lab will lead a series of talks about designing technology. Since technology and architecture have very different lifespans, all kinds of problems arise when we try to seamlessly integrate technology in buildings. Interfaces, networks and building systems are replaced numerous times with newer and different versions during a structure's lifetime, leading to an ad hoc fit between the latest technology and the original building design. Jeffrey Inaba and Benedict Clouette of C-Lab will discuss developing different kinds of technologies in architecture - ones that aren't just faster and more efficient, but that enrich the experience of buildings and cities in a lasting way. Guest speakers include Rick Robinson, Juergen Mayer H, Simon Alford, Lean Doody, Liam Young, and Philippe Rahm. Read more details.
Nov 10, 2013
Aug 26, 2013
The structure of the main stair connecting the two floors of Red Bull's New York offices is now in place!
Jul 25, 2013
In 'Adaptation: Architecture, Technology, and the City' INABA explores how architects can improve the experience of buildings with the help of technology. John Maeda, the president of the Rhode Island School of Design, responds as part of Bettery's Q&A series.
May 30, 2013
May 13, 2013
May 12, 2013
Jeffrey Inaba's research group, C-Lab, at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation along with Community Health Councils and 596 Acres, has been awarded a grant from LA2050 and the Goldhirsch Foundation. The LA Open Acres project will create a shared platform that provides community members with clear pathways to transforming underutilized parcels into green, open spaces. This platform will distribute information about vacant lots, alleys, red fields, surface parking lots, easements, flood control channels, and other spaces and allow neighbors and park advocates to access this information in an easy-to-use graphical format and connect with each other to begin the process of working with the City and other landholders to develop projects.
May 10, 2013
Please join us for the public launch of GSAPP's Extreme Cities Laboratory at Studio-X NYC (180 Varick St, 16th floor) on Friday, May 10th at 6:30pm.
Our initial event will focus on "Building Megalopolis," an interactive architectural timeline that has been installed at Studio-X as a research tool for rethinking the relationship between architecture, planning, history, and the megalopolitan scale. There will be a panel discussion with Jeffrey Inaba, David King, Kazys Varnelis, Benedict Clouette, Leigha Dennis, Neil Donnelly, and James Graham, and a celebration of the research over the past year that has set the agenda for the continued work of the Extreme Cities Project.
May 3, 2013
The Extreme Cities Project by Columbia University GSAPP and Audi focuses on megacities in the year 2050. Five hypotheses, which Columbia University has developed in cooperation with Audi, describe innovative urban potentials for our future. The aim of the hypotheses is to take the conditions of urban life to extremes and to break up conventional patterns of thought about urbanization. Jeffrey Inaba's Columbia research unit, C-Lab, illustrates how these hypotheses (Migration, Complexity, Asymmetry, Transgenerational Capacity, Generosity) apply to the architecture of neighborhoods. Read more.
May 1, 2013
Jeffrey will give a talk about Adaptation, the office's study of technology and the city, at Ideas City's Ad Hoc Strategies panel moderated by Joseph Grima Thurs May 2 at Cooper Union's Great Hall. Go here for more info.
Mar 30, 2013
Things are beginning to take shape with a handful of weeks left to go.
Mar 20, 2013
Jeffrey Inaba describes INABA's recent publication, Adaptation, to Architect Magazine. Read the interview here.
Mar 1, 2013
Here are construction images of the 38,000 square foot interior in Chelsea which includes event spaces, a radio broadcasting studio, conference room, recording studios and music production spaces.
Feb 16, 2013
Skylight has been selected as a Finalist in Architizer's A+ Award 'Architecture and Lighting' Category. If you're up for it, you can vote here.
Feb 8, 2013
Editor-in-Chief Alan Brake writes about Skylight in A/N's Fabrikator series. Read what he says about the design and construction process here.
Jan 16, 2013
Check out our recently completed project in Stavanger, Norway
Dec 12, 2012
As the city becomes more technological, architecture will become more essential. Technologies are growing as part of the functioning of cities, and as a result, the design of the urban environment will take on central importance. But this shift won’t occur as we might think.
Bringing together a host of interviews, contributions, and art works, Adaptation: Architecture, Technology and the City is a preliminary study of digital technology in the built environment. The publication surveys the ways that technology generates new kinds of experiences in the city, as well as the spaces created in its wake, including outmoded infrastructure, glitch space, and public zones populated with tethered cables. If digital technology promised a smooth environment independent of the constraints of geography, Adaptation makes clear that the digital also overlaps with and complicates the physical world.
Adaptation concludes by exploring the unexpected ways in which technology must adapt to the city. Most markedly, this can be seen in the rise of an ad hoc aesthetic where urban spaces are subject to continual updates and design improvisation. Adaptation argues that for digital technology to evolve, ultimately it will have to adapt to another technology—to the technology of architecture.
Interviews with Greg Lindsay, Michael Keane, McKenzie Wark, Boston New Urban Mechanics, Seth Pinsky, Jay Nath, Matthew Chalmers, and many others
Art by Lucie & Simon, Jon Rafman, Naho Kubota
Contributions by Bejamin Bratton and Nicolas Nova
Jun 13, 2012
INABA will design a 38,000 square foot space in New York that will include music studios, reception areas, and production facilities for the Red Bull Music Academy 2013.
Mar 1, 2012
The Emerging Voices series spotlights individuals and firms based in the United States, Canada, or Mexico with distinct design voices and the potential to influence the disciplines of architecture, landscape design, and urbanism.
May 4–8, 2011
INABA with Machineous has completed interactive information kiosks for the Festival of Ideas for a New City organized by the New Museum.
Feb 18, 2011
Jeffrey Inaba gives a talk about the social dimension of Kevin Roche's architecture projects at Yale University's conference, "Thinking Big: Diagrams, Mediascapes, and Megastructures".
Feb 13, 2011
The eight by thirteen meter structure will hang from the top of the New Concert Hall's five story lobby, and its lighting system will respond to the Nordic light and atmosphere.
Jan 15, 2011
A panel on Science Fiction Urbanism with Jeffrey Inaba, Bjarke Ingels, and Geoffrey West
Jan 14, 2011
A roundtable discussion led by Jeffrey Inaba, Features Editor of VOLUME, an independent quarterly for architecture. Issue 24 of the journal, published in autumnn 2010, examines current interests and recent histories of counterculture: in architecture, the environment, politics, art and culture. The 1960s countercultural roots of the hippie generation are now mainstream, and alternative values of 40 years ago can now be seen to guide the world of technology. At first glance, what appears prescient about the 1960s when looking at current US culture is the preoccupation with computer technology, the natural environment and alternative forms of community; but today each is disconnected from the radical political action and oppositional ideologies of the earlier era. Discuss.
Jan 12, 2011
Jeffrey Inaba writes about urban collaborations in Huffington Post