McMahon-Baek Architecture, D.P.C. is an architecture and design firm rooted in the broad experience of its two principals, Thomas McMahon and Janny Baek. The firm aspires to, above all, do good work. Whether this means utilizing cutting edge technology or honing traditional technique, researching appropriate precedents or inventing entirely new responses, the goal is to work toward elegant solutions to the challenge, pleasure, and privilege of making buildings, spaces, and objects.
While sensitive to the effects and meaning of design choices, the firms principals are purposefully agnostic regarding devotion to any particular style. We remain committed to listening to, and interpreting the desires of our clients with the goal of using all the tools at our disposal to realize their aspirations.
We choose to believe in the big ideas and to sweat the small details.
And ultimately, we believe that correctly navigating thousands of large and small decisions reinforces the clarity of ideas, enhances the commodity of construction and craft, and ensures the comfort of its occupants. Through this good work, an emergent beauty and satisfying architecture is achieved.
Thomas McMahon is a principal of McMahon-Baek Architecture, D.P.C.and founding partner of McMahon-Baek Workshop.
Prior to forming McMahon-Baek Architecture, Thomas gained experience on a variety of projects: residential and facilities design at various firms, civic and institutional projects with C&G Partners, in London at Foster + Partners working on Tower 2 for the World Trade Center, and most recently in NYC working on high-end residential projects.
His work has appeared in a variety of publications including Architectural Digest, Interior Design, Architecture Magazine, and Harvard GSD's Studioworks. His work has been exhibited at ArchMoscow, WIRED Nextfest, and the Musee d'Henry Clews and his work with OCEAN/US and OCEAN/UK has been exhibited at the MAK Center for Art and Architecture. Additionally, he was a member of a three-person team that produced a winning entry for the First-Step Housing Competition sponsored by Common Ground and the Architecture League of New York.
He holds a Master of Architecture degree from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and is an NCARB-certified architect with licensure in New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts.
Janny Baek is a principal of McMahon-Baek Architecture, D.P.C. and founding partner of McMahon-Baek Workshop.
Prior to forming McMahon-Baek Architecture, Janny worked on a variety of architecture projects which utilized computer-based and parametric design techniques, including the winning competition entry for the Tel Aviv Museum of Art under Preston Scott Cohen, and a building complex in Doha, Qatar while at SOM's New York and London offices.
In addition to her work in architecture, Janny has worked in animation at MTV, and has produced a variety of objects and products as the owner of the MU Design Co. She is a ceramic artist and produces work out of McMahon-Baek Workshop in Brooklyn.
Additionally, her work has been exhibited at ArchMoscow, WIRED Nextfest, and the AIA's Center for Architecture in New York City.
Janny has taught undergraduate architecture and drawing studios at Pratt Institute in NYC and at the BAC in Boston, MA.
She holds a Master in Architecture degree from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Rhode Island School of Design, and is an NCARB-certified architect with licensure in New York.
Janny Baek Ceramics is at: jannybaekceramics.com
The Mu Design Co: the-mu.com
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