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Allied Works is an interdisciplinary architecture and design practice that operates from offices in New York City and Portland, Oregon. The firm was founded in 1994 by Brad Cloepfil after a decade of study, teaching and professional practice. In the years since its inception, Allied Works has completed a wide range of cultural, educational, commercial, residential and planning projects across the U.S. and internationally.
The early years of Allied Works helped to establish the critical position and reputation of the firm. In 1994, Cloepfil authored an architectural treatise entitled Sitings: Five Reflections on Architectural Domain. The project envisioned a series of five site interventions in diverse landscapes across the Pacific Northwest. The first built project to receive widespread recognition is the Maryhill Overlook in 1998. Located in the Columbia River Gorge, the Overlook is the first completed Sitings project. It was followed by the Wieden+Kennedy Building in 2000, a transformation of an historic warehouse in Portland's Pearl District for the world headquarters of an international advertising agency.
In 2003, Allied Works completed their first major cultural building - the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis in Missouri. Following their selection in an international competition, the firm created a spare and powerful exhibition and education space that has hosted major artists, events and site specific works. Recent cultural and educational projects include a major expansion of the Seattle Art Museum , the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, Texas, the redesign of 2 Columbus Circle for the Museum of Arts and Design in Manhattan, and the renovation and expansion of the University of Michigan Museum of Art in Ann Arbor. In November of 2011, the Clyfford Still Museum, a new institution devoted to the life and work of the influential 20th century painter Clyfford Still, will open in Denver, Colorado.
Over the same period, Allied Works has completed a number of private residences in urban and rural landscapes. Among these are the Sun Valley Residence in Idaho, the Portland Heights Residence and 2281 Glisan Street in Portland, Oregon, the Hudson Street Loft in New York City, and the Dutchess County Guest House in upstate New York. The Main House, a 6,500sf primary residence, will be completed by the end of 2011.
Currently, Allied Works is completing the design for the National Music Centre of Canada in Calgary, Alberta, a 135,000sf performance, education, exhibition and production space dedicated to advancing Canada's musical heritage. Scheduled to open in 2014, the NMC will be a new landmark in the city and will stand among the nation's foremost cultural institutions. Additional works include a new arts building for Catlin Gabel School in Portland, Oregon, master planning and a major building redevelopment for the Pacific Northwest College of Art, and a master plan and new facilities for Sokol-Blosser Vineyards.
Awards and Recognition
Allied Works has been widely published in magazines and journals throughout the US, Europe and Asia. The firm released its first book, entitled Allied Works Architecture, Brad Cloepfil – Occupation, in April 2011. The book, a series of conversations with a selection of artists, scientists, thinkers and makers, explores past, present and future projects and focuses on the ideas and principles that form the basis of the firm's work.
Allied Works and Brad Cloepfil have received numerous awards for their work from professional organizations, local officials, non-profits and the design press. These include an American Institute of Architects, Regional Honor Award, 2009 for the Booker T. Washington Arts Magnet, a Society of College and University Planning, National Honor Award and an American Institute of Architects National Honor Award in 2010 for the University of Michigan Museum of Art.