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In a world full of oversights, studioAPT sees things differently. Formed out of overlapping questions about how architecture is understood or used and how it could be more useful and better understood, studioAPT works in a wide array of scales and formats. While centering on the building as architecture’s primary deliverable, studioAPT brings new possibilities to projects to develop new formats, conceptualize new possibilities, and seek new audiences for architectural problems that may or may not need a building. The work of studioAPT has taken the form of consultation and collaboration for, and with, both community and academic institutions. Their search for new, engaging formats has led to a series of speculative research and performance projects. These projects form the basis of studioAPT’s approach, offering audiences (and users) an expanded sense of how they could live, but in a fun way. Among these projects are Makin’ It (a half hour situation comedy about architecture) and Future Needs. The impulse for the practice comes out of the collaboration of the two partners, John McMorrough and Julia McMorrough.
John McMorrough is an architect. He writes about the relationship between culture and design methods, focusing on architecture’s extended field (buildings, but also complementary media such as images, installations, and other structured narratives). His writing and design work has appeared in books and publications such as Perspecta, Log, Volume, Praxis, and Flat Out. He is currently an associate professor at the A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan.
Julia McMorrough is an architect with a background in practice and varied projects including libraries, academic buildings, and housing. As an associate professor of practice in architecture at the University of Michigan, she coordinates the core graduate building design studio. She is the director of the ARCStart summer program for high school students and the author of Architecture: Reference & Specification (currently in its third edition) and Drawing for Architects.

Past Works

Access Chess, 2020

Makin-It A Situation Comedy, 2013

All Access Home, 2019