Synecdoche is a design/make architecture studio. The office explores how design can impact at multiple scales of architecture for simultaneous design solutions. As a small practice we work in a fast and nimble environment as an effective production technique. Architecture creates opportunities to work in multiple scales within the same discipline. Our belief is that tangibles and experiences are simultaneous design problems. We work to create a studio for design models that work with personalities, business, culture, lifestyle and play.
We are interested in working on all types of design problems to find creative solutions. Often our designs work through architecture and interior design and extends into the making of custom built furniture and installation pieces as they fit with the character and use of the place. As a small start-up we have a special appreciation for other small businesses and entrepreneurs. Design is often influenced by the business model to layout and detail spaces based on the specific mode and style of whatever the craft, product, skill or services our clients provide.
We saw the movie “Synecdoche, New York” and liked how they used the terminology to create a vision. The term Synecdoche (pronounced si-nek-duh-kee) is a literary trope that means simultaneous understanding of a part to a whole - so when you refer to ‘paying with plastic’ it’s actually just a plastic card that represents a whole electronic banking system. So the idea that material or objects can represent an entire process or idea was an intriguing one for us to pursue.
Hi! Need any of the services above or have an idea of how to collaborate? Let's start talking. We've helped others find space even before we could start designing it, so really - it's never too early.
734 / 926-5593
1342 N Main St. #11, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
AIA, NCARB, ASID, IIDA
What she lacks in height she makes up for in spunk, once referred to as aggressively creative. She makes project dreams come true no matter how tall or crazy the ask. She’s right at home feeling tiny among the mountains.
The tallest member and often mistaken for Cameron Frye (Ferris Bueller’s hyper-anxious friend) he is actually an easy going designer with hyper-detail focus in both design and fabrication. He only wakes up before sunrise for Formula-1 races.
Not as tall as Adam but taller than Sophie, Max is a native of Georgia but does not like guns. In his spare time, he enjoys making furniture and winning in HORSE or golf.
Lighting object designer and graphic artist, he grew up hunkered down in his dad's wood shop taking apart VCRs while the neighbors were playing football in the back yard. Always wanting to grow up to be an engineer, he promptly dropped out of engineering college to pursue art & design.
The shortest member of the team, her background includes interior, furniture, and textile design. She enjoys making furniture for her two cats and eating delicious food in her spare time.
Jasmine Almomar, Dustin Brugmann, Joseph Donelko, Jason Ennis, Zoe Faylor, Daniel Fougere, Ryan Goold, Helen Harding, Karl Heckman, Troy Huckendubler, Christina Kim, Yongjoon Kim, Ashley Kochiss, Nora Leon, Yojairo Lomeli, Austin Mitchell, Gerardo Perez, Megan Peters, Katie Robinson, Melanie Stepanicich, Ian Ting, Laura Walker, Ben Ward, Masataka Yoshikawa