KWY is a multidisciplinary platform investigating the nature of collaboration within the context of specific projects. KWY was founded in 2009 by architects Ben Allen and Ricardo Gomes in Berlin, and curator and editor James Bae in Los Angeles. KWY’s projects are collaborations between the principals and invited specialists. Recent collaborators include artists, writers, curators, educators, designers and other architects. With few initial preconceptions, each project begins with dialogue and analysis between the collaborators. This process-oriented methodology often leads to diverse thoughts that are otherwise unexpected and unimaginable.
Born in Coimbra, Portugal in 1978 and studied architecture in Lisbon between 1995 and 2001. Worked at the Chinati Foundation in Marfa between 2002 and 2004. From 2005 to 2011 he worked with the artist Olafur Eliasson in Berlin. Between 2011 and 2014 he was an assistant professor at the UDK in Berlin and since 2015 he teaches art at DIS Copenhagen. He lives in Lisbon and Copenhagen.
Born in Tokyo in 1975 and lived in the US since 1982. Studied at Yale and the University of California at Berkeley between 1992 and 1998 and lived in Marfa from 2004 to 2006. He is contributing editor of Paper Monument, a journal based in New York. He has recently opened and is director of the Grice Bench gallery in Los Angeles, where he lives working as a writer and curator.
Ben Allen (2009-2014), Franziska Leuthäußer (2011-2013)