the body of his independent work, Lance Hosey discovered something
the things that has struck me recently that I haven't been fully
aware of before," Hosey said, "is the relationship in
my work between the individual and the community. I didn't set out
to explore that, but I think it came out that way."
a writer's retreat he designed as an example. "The client is
ambivalent about wanting to be concealed or revealed," he said.
"The form ended up being a box with these operable louvers,
but the ideas ended up being about a woman who is exposed in a field,
but who is also trying to hide herself."
does not try to hide himself, the metaphor of the relationship between
the individual and the community applies to his career as much as
to his work. While he does design and write in his own name and
for his own purposes, he maintains a full-time job as an employee
of William McDonough + Partners, an environmentally conscious Virginia
found that the body of work that I've built up on my own has been
enough to coax me away from the enjoyment that I'm experiencing
here," Hosey said of his firm. "At the same time, things
come along that I want to do myself, and I manage to do it. I've
been able to keep one foot in each world, and McDonough has been
Hosey does have
a desire to think through some architectural ideas on his own. In
addition to his design work, he has published several articles in
publications that include Metropolis, CRiT, and Architectural Record's
online journal, In the Cause of Architecture [Food
for thought and Why
the future of architecture doesn't need us.] Despite this intellectual
bent, however, Hosey thrives off human interaction, including that
of his colleagues and his clients.
imagine designing in a vacuum," Hosey said. "I understand
that a lot of architects would prefer that. They say, 'if you would
just give me the money and the site and go away, then I'll be happy.'
But frankly, I don't know what to do if I don't have something to
Hosey has written
on the topic of whether or not an identifiable architectural style
is a good thing, and he has come to the conclusion that something
else should probably be more important.
like to believe that the projects are really more about a set of
ideas than they are about a particular form, and that form is derived
from the circumstances of the project," he told record. "I'm
still fairly new at this, and if I get to the point where I can
control form, then maybe I can answer the question of style more
feels content in his dual professional life as he wrestles with
ideas of privacy in public places.
aren't completely academic ideas to me," Hosey said. "I'd
like to work on building them, but one of the things that kept me
from going out on my own is that I couldn't imagine sitting alone
in a room by myself all day. I need to have that community around."
By Kevin Lerner