MOS is a New York-based architecture studio founded by principals Hilary Sample and Michael Meredith in 2005. An internationally recognized architecture practice, MOS was the recipient of the 2015 Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum National Design Award in Architecture and the 2010 American Academy of Arts and Letters Architecture Award. Individual works have similarly received numerous awards and distinctions, most notably: the 2015 Global Holcim Award for sustainable construction for Community Center No. 3 (Lali Gurans Orphanage); the 2014 accession of the firm’s modular, off-grid House No. 5 (Museum of Outdoor Arts Element House) into the MoMA, Architecture and Design Collection; and the acquisition of House No. 3 (Lot No. 6 / Ordos) into the permanent collection of The Art Institute of Chicago. Recent work includes: Store No. 2 (Chamber) in Chelsea, NYC; House No. 10, currently under-construction; School No. 2, a competition proposal for the Institute for Advanced Study Commons Building; and Housing No. 4 at the Dequindre Cut, Detroit. Recent and forthcoming publications include MOS: Selected Works (2016), An Unfinished Encyclopedia of Scale Figures Without Architecture (forthcoming), and an A+U monograph (forthcoming).
Hilary Sample is a professor of architecture at Columbia University GSAPP. Michael Meredith is a professor of architecture at Princeton University School of Architecture.
Porto Academy is the result of an enormous passion for architecture as a discipline. We admire the figures that dream about it, who build, study and promote it. We believe that practice - as an exercise of the architect’s profession - is central to the future of the discipline, and therefore one of the reasons why we’ve founded Porto Academy. For a week period, one lives the passion for the discipline of architecture and enjoys intellectual freedom.