INTERSTICE Architects was founded…
… in the spirit of integration. After years of working in separate disciplines, architect Andrew Dunbar and landscape architect, Zoee Astrachan found the arbitrary distinctions were just too constraining. INTERSTICE was born as a multidisciplinary firm of architects, landscape architects, urban designers and visual artists. Over the past fifteen years, this critical practice has grown designing public and private spaces on projects of multiple scales, focused on the broadest possible interpretation of the designed realm.
As a hybridized practice, IA combines professional services concentrating the experience of these shared disciplines to create a civic minded practice, where all staff are active citizens and advocates for better designed places. Working with private clients, City Agencies, Redevelopment Agencies, Task Forces and other institutional organizations, IA design collaborations rather than dictating solutions, viewing constraints as opportunities, reaching for the unexpected by exposing root challenges and parameters.
Personally and professionally, the San Francisco based firm creates from an immersed point of view. The work is inspired by constant research into materials, program, and clients values focused on the unique urban conditions and those idiosyncratic social, historical and ecological aspects that make each project demanding and distinctive.
IA is a collaborative that embraces sustainability as integral to lasting and relevant planning and design. As designers, educators and urban activists, IA strives to imbue material with voice and space with identity, to create simple and sustainable solutions through intelligent infrastructures. We are material explorers and strategists prioritizing long term, fundamental change – creating solutions where things not only appear different, they are different.