Jeffrey's unique background in research sets the tone for our exploratory approach to design. He believes research leads to improbable solutions that allow people to experience built environments in new unanticipated ways. He takes a hands-on role in each commission and is involved in initial project definition, design direction, and construction phases.
He enjoys writing and editing, and served as the Features Editor of Volume magazine for ten years. His work has received grants and honors from the Graham Foundation, Canadian Centre for Architecture, Knight Foundation, and Goldhirsh Foundation.
List of publications:
Harvard Design School Guide to Shopping (co-editor)
Great Leap Forward (co-editor)
He is the founding director of C-LAB at Columbia University, a group that studies new relationships between architecture and technology. Before starting Inaba Williams he was a principal of AMO, the design and cultural consultancy founded by Rem Koolhaas and the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA).
Jeffrey has a Master of Architecture with Distinction from Harvard University where he received the James Templeton Kelly Thesis Prize, a MA in Architectural History and Theory from Harvard, and an AB from University of California, Berkeley. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor at UCLA, serves on the Advisory Board of Architect's Newspaper, and is a member of the AIA NY Chapter, Storefront for Art and Architecture, and Architectural League of NY. Jeffrey grew up in Los Angeles.
A Registered Architect in the State of California, Darien plays a central role in the creative process. She is responsible for leading design direction and office growth. She was the Project Designer for Skylight, Pool Noodle Rooftop, Suck/Blow, HLYWD, Walk This Way, and Venue. Darien worked at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) in New York serving as the design team leader for two of the firm’s pivotal North American commissions: The Plaza at Santa Monica, a 420,000 SF mixed-use development in downtown Santa Monica, California; and the Marina Abramovic Institute, a 24,000 SF theater and education center dedicated to performance art in Hudson, New York. Previously she worked at Ai Weiwei’s FAKE Design in Beijing, China.
Darien received a Master of Architecture degree from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) and a BA in Urban Studies and Architectural History from Brown University. She was raised in San Francisco and has roots in Palm Springs and Santa Barbara.
Inaba Williams is MBE-Certified in New York City
Present and Past Collaborators:
Zena Mariam Mengesha
Dana Nishimura Bryan
Ki Myung Kim
Jeremy Alain Siegal
Tatiana von Preussen
Pierre de Angelis