The Women's Building

A Catalytic Space for Change

 

WeLive DC | Crystal City

Live/Work for the Sharing Economy

 

WeLive DC | Crystal City

Live/Work for the Sharing Economy

 

WeLive DC | Crystal City

A Live/Work Building for the New Economy

WeLive NY | 110 Wall St

Small Footprint, Social Living in Lower Manhattan

 

GreenLab

A Biomimetic Greenhouse
& STEM Classroom

 

GreenLab

A Biomimetic Greenhouse
& STEM Classroom

 

Mountain Aerie

Summit Powder Mountain
Eden, Utah

 

Troy Mills Sustainable Food Center

Re-Imagining The Future of Food Systems

 

The Women's Building

Novo Foundation & G Group New York, NY

 

Bucolic Minimalism

Greenwich, Connecticut

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ARE×A IS A DESIGN AND RESEARCH STUDIO

 

We bring a research-based, process driven approach to current social and environmental challenges, leveraging space as a mechanism for dialogue and change.
Our experience includes instigating communities and collaboration via new models for live/work, re-envisioning food and energy systems towards resilient cities, and responsive environments. We push each project beyond established solutions, promoting new modes of engagement with the built environment.

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WeLive DC | Crystal City

Washington DC Metro
2016

The Women’s Building

New York, NY
2016

WeLive NY | 110 Wall St

New York, NY
2013-Present

Cloudline / Basecamp

Eden, UT
2016

GreenLab

New York, NY
2012-present

Intersection & Sidewalk Labs

New York, NY
2015

Mountain Aerie

Eden, UT
2014-Present

WIX | San Francisco

San Francisco, CA
2014

Keene Energy & Agriculture Project

Keene, NH
2014-Present

Taihua Jinmao Tech Campus

Xi’an, Shaanxi Province, China
2012 (proposal)

Troy Mills Sustainable Food Center

Local Farms Project
Troy, NH
2012-Present

Edible Infrastructures

Fitzwilliam Lille Huset

Fitzwilliam, NH
2008

Surfer’s Paradise

Gold Coast, Australia
2012

Bucolic Minimalism

Greenwich, CT
2007

ABOUT US

Our research interests include, among others, food and energy systems, community-building, technology integration and sustainable cities. Through practical application of research-based design intelligence we push each project beyond established solutions and propose new modes of engagement with the built environment. We do this via fresh unbiased inquiry, extra-disciplinary investigation and creative open-source collaboration.

 

The partners of ARExA draw on years of experience within the design services environment and leverage unique insights and broader interests gained within the industry as well as in academia. The three principals each held leadership roles at established New York practices SOM (Skidmore Owings & Merrill), Woods Bagot Architects, and JPDA (Jordan Parnass Digital Architecture). Their cumulative knowledge of the industry is built on many years of design experience and combines diverse disciplines such as workplace, education, and environmental research, as well as brand experience, digital design and urban agriculture.

RIK EKSTROM was a founding member of the Woods Bagot New York Studio, where he served as the design team leader for Education and Research projects. He spearheaded the feasibility / visioning study for Rutgers University’s Institute for Food, Nutrition & Health as well as design of Cornell University’s Marriott Student Learning Center.  At SOM, Rik worked on international projects ranging from infrastructure to mixed-use master-planning, including the National University of Singapore’s University Town development.


DARRICK BOROWSKI
 has worked on architecture, design and branding projects worldwide from offices in New York, London, Seattle and Chicago. As Creative Director at JPDA he led projects for well-known brands including Apple, American Apparel, Harley Davidson and O2 and his work has been widely published.  Darrick received his Master of Architecture with Distinction from the Architectural Association in London and teaches a design studio at SVA.

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Sean Karns is our Director of Special Projects

Tyler O’Rielley is a Project Manager and Parametric Design Lead

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Chaerim Shin is our Interior Designer and heads up all things finishes and furnishings!

Kristin Mueller is a Project Manager and heads up programming and predesign.

Peter Van Hage is a Project Manager and our Facade Guru.

Josephine Lee is one of our Designers and an expert in alternate forms of workplace furniture.

ARE×A collaborators and sister firm PLASTARC,
Specialists in data-driven design, user engagement and workplace strategy.

Melissa Marsh is an expert in Workplace Strategy and a leader in Change Management services. She has defined a career in workplace innovation by embedding the added value of real estate strategy within design, architecture and master planning projects around the world.

As our Workplace Anthropologist, Claire Rowel studies behaviors, interactions and human patterns in our clients’ spaces and organizations.

Cassie Hackel, our Sociospatial Analyst, applies participatory design strategies to the study of the workplace as a social environment.

 

ARExA is supported by a team of dedicated and talented designers and project managers, as well as consultants who are leaders in the worlds of engineering, research and fabrication.

CONTACT US

OFFICE

25 Broadway – 9th Floor
New York, NY 10004 USA
+1.917.796.1175
info@are-a.net

NEW PROJECTS

Rik Ekström, Principal
rik.ekstrom@are-a.net

PRESS

Darrick Borowski, Principal
darrick.borowski@are-a.net

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EMPLOYMENT

For employment inquiries, please send a single PDF containing your ARExA application, cover letter (addressed to ARExA), CV, and work samples via email to info@are-a.net. Please put only your name in the subject line. ARExA does not accept hand-delivered or couriered applications. No phone calls, please. ARExA does not accept offers for unpaid internships. This practice devalues our profession and provides lawbreakers an unfair market advantage.

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