The work of ANX begins with a fundamental optimism with regards to the continued value and impact that design and architecture have on our cities and their inhabitants. Our approach is positive, opportunistic, and intellectually flexible with every theoretical and commissioned project – both large and small. Our belief is that one can affect significant change through a careful analysis and deconstruction of project conditions, and the application of a thoughtful, conceptually rigorous process.
Constraints are opportunities. A broad analysis of a project’s site conditions, environmental context, program, budget, schedule, and jurisdictional parameters are mined for latent opportunities to be metabolized towards innovative and novel design solutions. Our process resists the autonomous and pure in favor of the dependent, messy, and dirty possibilities of a poetic inclusion of multiple and often conflicting influences. This process ultimately leads to the intersection of architecture, landscape, and urban networks, and the inherent negotiations necessary to implement a coherent experience respectful of the impact upon the environment.
Assumptions are challenged. Our understanding of the capacity for design to organize complex systems with thoughtful intention, environmental appropriateness, and a practical dose of both form and function, is coupled with our belief in the responsibility of the designer to ask questions and challenge assumptions of the built environment. Our ongoing interest in developing experiences that explore space, scale, orientation, light, detail, materiality, and emerging technologies is demonstrated in a wide range of residential, institutional, commercial and landscape projects that question, and when appropriate, inflect existing paradigms.
Flexibility is required. We do not jump to conclusions; we test conventional and novel solutions to problems with equal fervor. The manipulation and application of accepted organizational typologies, as well as the transposition of foreign typologies are all fair game. Our design process takes into consideration numerous configurations for all projects and attempts to embed conceptual rigor within each. However, the project’s performance is maintained as the ultimate proof of its success.
Collaborations are embraced. To this end, the work of the studio draws on the expertise of the principal, staff, clients, consultants, and a diverse network of contractors, designers, artists and fabricators. In addition to founding ANX, Aaron Neubert co-founded the multidisciplinary studio Orenj, to focus on the development of material and product interests as applied to architectural production.
ANX has recently been featured in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and LA Architect. In 2010, the Flicker House was awarded the Next LA Merit Award from the AIA LA Chapter. In addition, the Glass House won a 2007 Merit Award from the AIA SFV Chapter and APN: 5435-030-020 won a 2003 Next LA Merit Award from the AIA LA Chapter. The work of Aaron Neubert has been presented in lectures at The University of Southern California and Woodbury University in Los Angeles, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, Denmark and The Van Alen Institute in New York City.
By: Brian Linder