League Prize 2014: An interview with Adam Fure, SIFT Studio

Through his Ann Arbor design practice, SIFT Studio, Adam Fure works to enliven “old substances through new treatments; composing new aesthetic mixtures from the matter at [one’s] fingertips.” Through these experiments, SIFT Studio “promotes architecture’s unique capacity to shape experience, which is neither essentialized nor thought to be static and singular.” Recent work includes a multimedia installation in Stuttgart, Germany, that transforms space, sound, and light into variable dimensions and a conceptual mirror house that was a finalist for BOFFO Building Fashion’s Linda Farrow competition in 2013.

SIFT Studio is one of the winners of the 2014 Architectural League Prize, one of North America’s most prestigious awards for young architects and designers. The prize, established in 1981, recognizes exemplary and provocative work by young practitioners and provides a public forum — through lectures, an exhibition, and a catalogue — for the exchange of their ideas.

In this interview, Fure describes the development of his aesthetics as responding to the smooth and glossy white world of digital renderings by engaging materials directly to create rough, messy, and even ugly forms. His Overlay installation is one project, “Rocks,” presented through three forms of representation: models, drawings, and photographs. In describing his installation, Fure shares his thoughts on layers of material articulation, types of representation, and his plans to scale up the project.