From people’s housing preferences to the ways that we exhibit art,
contemporary culture is undergoing rapid and significant changes. Independent
Architecture designs projects that not only respond to these changes, but also
propose new possibilities.
The office choreographs the interplay of design and
popular culture to create projects that advance architectural thinking while
being accessible to broad audiences. This approach includes developing intelligent
customization strategies for houses, configuring playgrounds to expand definitions of play, and modifying ordinary objects and materials
to make unusual environments. Built work includes arts buildings, playgrounds, and houses.
Independent Architecture is a Denver based office with projects around
the world. Its personnel approach each project with a mix of curiosity, intellectualism,
and experience that enables them to create thoughtful, well designed environments.
Paul Andersen founded Independent in 2009. He shapes the office’s agenda and practice, conducting design projects in professional and academic contexts. He was appointed a Fulbright Specialist in Architecture, teaches at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and has previously been on the architecture faculties of the Harvard Graduate School of Design and Cornell University. He has been a guest curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver and the Biennial of the Americas, and is the author of The Architecture of Patterns, Curve Culture, and The Monuments Power the Cars. Paul is a licensed architect.