usa: 465 grand street, 4c, new york, ny 10002
+1 212 358 8605, email

belgium: aalststraat 7–11/a3.1 | rue d’alost 7–11/a3.1, 1000 brussels
+32 2 880 82 56, email

switzerland: hardturmstr. 66, 8005 zurich
+41 76 253 87 59, email

is an architectural practice with a publishing imprint, and an exhibition space. it is collaborative platform based in new york city, brussels, and zurich. common room is comprised of architects lars fischer, maria ibañez and todd rouhe; rachel himmelfarb; architectural researcher kim förster; and graphic designer geoff han.

some projects include:

1 nada  (new  art  dealers  alliance) fp 2 miguel  abreu  gallery  fp 3 fp canada  ii 4 fp yale  union  (yu)
5 fp public school for architecture brussels 6 fp the ends of the library 7 fp arts  for  living 8 fp nada (new art dealers alliance)

1 – entrance desk and sign (rear view), nada new york 2014. (image credit: amy barkow)


september 29, 2015, common room writes about problem-oriented learning in volume #45: learning.

july 16, 2015, arts for living is now distributed in the us by ram publications + distribution.

june 12, 2015, common room receives a grant from the arts and heritage agency of the flemish community for the project mediating [infra]structures.

apr 10, 2015, common room presents the public school for architecture brussels at re:work 2015 in cologne. apr 16, 2015.

apr 8, 2015, common room talks about publishing at paperview at princeton university school of architecture. apr 21, 2015.

oct 9, 2014, the public school for architecture brussels is featured in uncube issue no. 26 school’s out and a+ architecture in belgium 249.

jul 28, 2014, ‘the garden monument’, a new take on the stations naturhistoriske museum competition entry is featured in the publication urban blur.

jun 27, 2014, common room is leading the workshop archiving the impossible happening in the studio for immediate spaces at the sandberg institute.

apr 15, 2014, a new framework for an architecture of coexistence co-written with kim förster is published in project issue three.

apr 2, 2014, common room launches the public school for architecture brussels at brussels congres.

sep 29, 2013, common room and pieterjan ginckels install technologies of togetherness at dordtyart.

sep 10, 2013, arts for living by common books is included in the september 2013 list of notable design books in designers & books.

sep 8, 2013, canada‘s new space designed by common room opens sep 13.

sep 5, 2013, common books forthcoming publication the architects’ resistance is cited in architect august 2013 issue.

may 13, 2013, architecture of refusal is published in pidgin 15.

may 11, 2013, common room holds a monologue at architecture and money at storefront for art and architecture. may 11, 2013.

apr 22, 2013, arts for living the second book in the common books series is now available.



perspecta 44: domain, sept 2011, pdf

new york times, sept 30, 2011, pdf

a|n blog, aug 12, 2011, link

tarp, spring 2011, pdf

print 65.1, feb 2011, pdf

new york times, aug 10, 2010, link

architect’s newspaper, 12_07.07.2010, pdf

art in america, mar 2010, pdf

artforum, dec 2009, pdf

architect, feb 2009, pdf

e-oculus, feb 10, 2009, pdf

the villager, vol. 78 n. 35, pdf

artforum, dec 2008 (2), pdf

artforum, dec 2008 (1), pdf

afterimage, vol. 35 issue 6, pdf

moscow art magazine, n. 67/68, pdf

time out new york, issue 614: jul 5–11, 2007, pdf

speech, oct 26, 2006, link

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