Eight Architects Artists Love Working With – Cultured Magazine | Candle Made Easy

When it comes to realizing their sophisticated visions for their studios, homes and installations, artists turn to a select group of architects whose designs are equally original. Institutions often use the same talents to create stunning environments for viewing art, and the resulting buildings become landmarks in and of themselves. For masters like Annabelle Selldorf, David Adjaye and Elizabeth Diller, art museums and galleries are a central part of their practice, whether building from scratch or bringing a new face to a historic site in need of renovation. Just as they know how to design universally impressive structures for the world’s most venerable public institutions, these architects have also been entrusted with creating the artists’ most personal spaces: their homes and studios.

Discover below the eight architects who have become the top sources for artists and institutions when it comes to designing residential and commercial spaces. Sensitive to the artist’s needs, yet daring and imaginative, these architects create buildings or environments that leave a lasting impression.

Hauser & Wirth at 542 West 22nd Street, designed by Selldorf Architects. Photography by Nicholas Venezia, courtesy of Selldorf Architects.

Selldorf Architects

Founded by Annabelle Selldorf in 1988, Selldorf Architects has grown to become one of the leading names in design for the art world. After reviving historic buildings like the 1914 Carrere and Hastings building that is now the Upper East Side’s Neue Galerie, the New York-based firm’s latest endeavor is a major expansion and enhancement of the Frick Collection. Recent projects also include the reopening of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego in 2022, as well as a series of capital projects for the National Gallery in London to mark the institution’s bicentenary (the first phase of the restoration is due to be completed in 2024). Known for the understated elegance of their designs, Selldorf Architects have earned a reputation for simple yet effective forms that put a client’s program first. The law firm’s long-standing gallery clients include David Zwirner, Hauser & Wirth, Michael Werner and Barbara Gladstone. Past artist studios and residencies include those of Robert Gober and Donald Moffett in Nova Scotia, and those of Jeff Koons, Eric Fischl, David Salle, Not Vital and Cindy Sherman.

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Artist Tula Telfair’s painting studio of Peterson Rich Office. Photography by Kevin Kunstadt.

Peterson Rich office

Personal and public art spaces are an important part of the oeuvre of Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary design studio Peterson Rich Office. In addition to designing Perrotin’s 25,000-square-foot Lower East Side Gallery and landscape artist Tula Telfair’s rural studio in Connecticut, the company is in the process of building studios for Nina Chanel Abney in the Hudson Valley, Michael Kagan on Long Island, and Zaria Forman in New State York and two art centers: Wesleyan University’s Davison Art Center in Connecticut and the Shepherd Gallery and Arts Center in Detroit. “For us, the key to designing studios for artists is finding a balance between creating distinctive architecture without compromising the art itself,” founders Miriam Peterson and Nathan Rich said in a statement to Cultured. “Equally important is the ability to create spaces that are inspirational while supporting the functional needs required for creating art, such as: B. Using natural light to maximum effect.”

Linda Goode Bryant, Are we really that different?, 2021 at Gagosian. Photography by Brett Beyer.

Diller Scofidio + Renfro

Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s practice spans architecture, urban design, installation art, multimedia performance, and digital media. The New York-based studio’s four partners – Elizabeth Diller, Ricardo Scofidio, Charles Renfro and Benjamin Gilmartin – are responsible for countless cultural institutions, including The Broad in Los Angeles; The Shed, the High Line and the 2016-19 expansion of the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Boston Institute of Contemporary Art. Diller Scofidio + Renfo was also the driving force behind several exhibitions for the Jewish Museum and the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, including the museum’s most visited exhibition in history, Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination, which opened in 2017 and 2018. The firm often works directly with artists – in 2021 she produced with the artist, activist and gallery founder of Just Above Midtown, Linda Goode Bryant, a fully functional urban farm in Gagosian in Chelsea, New York City, and also worked with director, choreographer and dancer Bill T. Jones through his performance at New York’s Park Avenue Armory.

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Lorna Simpson’s studio in Brooklyn designed by Adjaye Associates. Photography by James Wang.

Adjaye Associates

Led by Ghanaian-British architect Sir David Adjaye, Adjaye Associates’ Projects range in scale from Lorna Simpson’s Studio in Brooklyn – Adjaye’s first completed building in America – to the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC, which opened in 2016 on Washington DC’s National Mall. With studios in Accra, London and New York, the practice has built numerous exhibitions, installations, public buildings and pavilions designed to convey powerful historical, social and cultural narratives. Recently, the office completed the 2022 exhibition design for Jean-Michel Basquiat: King Pleasure in New York, curated by the artist’s sisters. “Instead of creating a white-box experience, [‘King Pleasure’] unfolds as a series of contextual frames that use materiality and tonality as thematic indicators that guide visitors through the different stages of his life,” said Adjaye Cultivated. The architect is currently overseeing the completion of his design for the new Studio Museum building in Harlem. The highly anticipated project will open in 2024 and was a close collaboration between Adjaye and museum director Thelma Golden.

Peter Marino Art Foundation in Southampton, New York. Photography © Jason Schmidt.

Peter Marino Architect

In addition to ornate private homes, Peter Marino Architect has become synonymous with design for the world of art, fashion and luxury products. In the 1970s, Andy Warhol commissioned Marino to design the third iteration of the Factory and later the artist’s townhouse on the Upper East Side. Since then, the eponymous CEO has commissioned more than 300 site-specific artworks and exhibited his personal collection at institutions around the world, including the Gagosian and the Wallace Collection in London. “His practice often focuses architectural design on a specific work of art. He is known for literally shifting walls to accommodate a great painting and raising ceiling height to make room for a sculpture,” editor Gay Gassmann writes in the 2016 book Peter Marino: Art Architecture. “For artists, this means that at the beginning of an architectural project, they are offered a unique space to show their work – often to a wide audience.” In 2021, the architect opened his eponymous art foundation in Southampton, New York, where more than 150 paintings, Sculptures, photographs and objects from 3500 BC. to the present can be seen. Marino-designed The Getty Residences along New York’s High Line reflect his penchant for luxury living and are home to the Lehmann Maupin Gallery and the Hill Art Foundation.

The exhibition design for Camille Henrot’s “Mother Tongue” at the Kestner Gesellschaft was realized by Charlap Hyman & Herrero. Photography by Raimund Zakowski.

Charlap Hyman & Herrero

Los Angeles and New York-based Charlap Hyman & Herrero’s cultural, residential and commercial projects, as well as their imaginative products and furnishings, span the gamut. Gallery clients have included Jeffrey Deitch, Patrick Parrish, Nina Johnson and Tina Kim, whose home was also designed by the firm. In 2021, Charlap Hyman & Herrero collaborated with curator Julika Bosch on Camille Henrot’s exhibition Mother Tongue at the Kestner Gesellschaft in Hannover, Germany, and have collaborated with the French artist on several occasions since. “For many artists, making a show is an extremely sensitive process – there’s an element of bearing your soul for the consumption and criticism of others. This is why collaborating on shows can be very expensive, but also why it can be hugely rewarding,” says Adam Charlap Hyman of working closely with the creative. “Camille and I discovered a real common language, both conceptually and formally, and it was exciting to learn more about her work as we developed our proposals.”

José Parlás Studio in Brooklyn designed by Snøhetta. Photography © Jeff Goldberg/Esto.


Snøhetta began as a collaborative architecture and landscape workshop and has offices in Oslo, Hong Kong and New York. The company’s public culture projects include the National September 11 Memorial Museum Pavilion at the World Trade Center, as well as the 2016-21 renovation of the historic Musée Carnavalet in Paris and the 2010-2016 expansion of SFMOMA, nearly tripling its exhibition space. During the construction of the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet in Oslo between 2000 and 2008, Snøhetta hired numerous artists including Olafur Eliasson, Pae White, Kristian Blystad, Kalle Grude, Jorunn Sannes, Kristin Wagle and Astrid Løvaas to help design the venue. Snøhetta also has an ongoing relationship with artist José Parlá – in 2014 the company converted a Brooklyn warehouse into the Cuban-American artist’s studio and also commissioned him to produce works for other projects.

Daniel Romualdez

Even without a website and Instagram, the architect and designer Daniel Romualdez has been cultivating an elite customer base around the world for three decades. In lieu of a signature style, celebrities and collectors flock to the Filipino-American architect and designer for his eclectic yet elegant interiors that exude a subtle glamour. In addition to designing the East Hampton studio and home of artist friend Anh Duong in 2012, Romualdez has designed spaces for major figures and art world patrons, including the Acquavellas, Rockefellers, Lauders and dealer Vito Schnabel. Hailed for his high level of detail and collaboration, Romualdez is adept at making interiors that house the finest art collections homely and comfortable. “Daniel, who knows a thing or two about diplomacy and entertainment, has served up a lot of nice things, but … never in a way that would keep you at a distance,” writes Wendy Goodman of Romualdez’s own art-filled New York apartment in her book 2018, May I come in?: Discover the world in strange houses. “On the contrary: everything invites you to come in and enjoy the generosity of friendship.”

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