FREELANDBUCK is a Los Angeles and New York City-based architectural office founded and led by Brennan Buck and David Freeland. Established in 2010, the office makes buildings, spaces, and objects that engage the public through layers of meaning, illusion and visual effect. With each project, FreelandBuck aims to create distinct spaces that contribute to a more stimulating, aesthetically engaging, and challenging world. The firm’s architecture and public art work is noteable for its visual richness, intricate spatial sequences, cultural reference and use of drawing, as both design method and autonomous form of work.
FreelandBuck is a winner of the Architectural League of New York’s Emerging Voices Prize in 2019. They were named a finalist for the 2018 MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program, a member of Architectural Record’s 2017 Design Vanguard, and a winner of the 2017 AIA LA Next LA Award for their project, Second House. Other recent projects include Stack House, a residential project in Los Angeles that was both designed and developed by FreelandBuck; MINI Living Urban Cabin in Los Angeles; Parallax Gap, an installation originally commissioned by the Smithsonian’s American Art Museum in 2017; and the Los Angeles headquarters of Hungry Man Productions, among other residential, commercial, and cultural commissions.
Brennan Buck is an architectural designer and academic based in New York. Prior to co-founding FreelandBuck, he was assistant professor in Studio Greg Lynn at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna. He has worked in the offices of Neil M. Denari Architects and Johnston Marklee & Associates in Los Angeles and Walker Macy in Portland, Oregon. He is currently a critic at the Yale School of Architecture in New Haven, CT and he has taught at the University of Pennsylvania, Pratt Institute, Syracuse University, and the Royal Danish Academy in Copenhagen. His writing on technology and representation within the discipline of architecture has been published in numerous academic and professional journals. Brennan is a graduate of Cornell University and the UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design.
David Freeland is a licensed architect in the State of California and New York with over 15 years of experience practicing architecture. He has worked on award winning residential, commercial, urban and institutional projects with FreelandBuck, and previously with Michael Maltzan Architecture, Roger Sherman Architecture and Urban Design, RES4, and AGPS. He is a frequent collaborator with developers and planners, with a focus on projects in Los Angeles including his public prize winning entry for the 2006 Prop-X competition. David is a faculty member at Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-ARC) in Los Angeles and has taught design studios at UCLA, and USC. From 2006-2012 he was faculty at Woodbury University where he was instrumental in the design of the digital fabrication lab. He is a graduate of University of Virginia and the UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design where he received his Masters of Architecture.