New York, NY
SOFTlab is a design studio based in New York City. The studio was created by Michael Szivos shortly after receiving a graduate degree in architecture from Columbia University. The studio has since designed and produced projects across almost every medium, from digitally fabricated large-scale sculpture to interactive environments to immersive digital video installations. As a studio, SOFTlab, embraces projects through a mix of research, craft, and ideas. The constraints of all projects are treated as opportunities that are interrogated and tested through a collaborative studio environment with the hopes of solving typical problems in new ways. Through the studio's unique blend of backgrounds as designers, artists, architects and educators we are able to approach every project from a fresh perspective. By mixing research, creativity and technology with a strong desire to make working fun, SOFTlab attempts to create new and unique experiences.
In 2012 SOFTlab was awarded the Architectural League Prize for Young Architects & Designers, and previously in 2010 the studio was selected for the New Practices New York award by the AIA Chapter of New York. The studio has produced a wide range of design projects and collaborated with various artists, designers, publications and institutions including MoMA, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Hall of Science, Eyebeam, New Museum, Vice Media, Intel, The New York Times, EPFL, 3M, Van Alen Institute, and Columbia University. The studio continues to work on many projects in New York while taking on new projects and clients in Europe and Asia.