Moskow Linn Architects creates finely detailed buildings attuned to their environment, envisions small scale urban interventions for better city living and writes books on architectural design to educate the profession and public at large.
Architecture: Moskow Linn’s architecture is part of the soil and soul of New England. Their forms respond to the regional legacy of instinctive and unself-conscious environmental design. The materials are the wood and masonry of the local landscape, extending and reinterpreting the very best Yankee traditions of craftsmanship and attention to detail. Residential work on Martha’s Vineyard became the basis of two books (Houses of Martha’s Vineyard, and Martha’s Vineyard Contemporary Living, both Monacelli Press). Hall House and Swamp Hut are examples of low cost, prefabricated homes meant as templates for inexpensive reproduction. The Tannery Complex is a sensitive refurbishing of historic mill structures into an active mixed-use development.
Sustainable Design: Moskow Linn is a leading “green” architect in New England. The Conservation Law Foundation’s headquarters in Boston–literally, a building within a building–was a pioneering “green” project in the Northeast. Phase one received the first Boston Society of Architects Sustainable Design Award in 1993. Phase two received the region’s first LEED rating for a renovated historic structure. Work with the Foundation became the basis for Sustainable Facilities: Green Design, Construction and Operations (McGraw-Hill), a book addressing how environmental groups practice what they preach when they erect their own headquarters buildings.
Urban Interventions: Theoretical investigations of ways to improve the urban environment through low cost, small-scale architectural insertions are significant contributions to world of design. These initially small interventions hold the potential for much larger effect on an entire city. Idiosyncratic ideas such as vertical car parking (in a configuration based on the ubiquitous Pez candy dispenser) or a River Genie that would collect waterborne garbage, can be tremendously influential and encourage other designers to consider equally unusual approaches to making our cities more livable. Small Scale, Creative Solutions for Better City Living (Princeton Architectural Press) showcases these interventions.
Keith Moskow, FAIA received a Bachelor of Arts from Dartmouth College and a Masters of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania.
Robert Linn, AIA received an undergraduate degree in architecture from the University of Arkansas and a Masters of Architecture from Harvard University.