OfficeUS Manual is a critical, occasionally humorous and sometimes stupefying guide to the architectural workplace that documents and interrogates the protocols, policies and procedures of architectural offices. The book is the third publication of the OfficeUS series, which is dealing with the development of US architectural practices all over the world.
OfficeUS Manual contains historical material from large firms and small studios. Additionally it features contemporary reflections by more than fifty architects, artists and writers concerned with the needs and desires of professional architecture practices today. It analyses the methods and practices of architectural firms looking at the past one hundred years.
The book with its exceptional use of photography is a resource for understanding – and reimagining – the nature and design of an architectural practice. It features original graphic analysis and images from The Architects by Amie Siegel. Part of the series OfficeUS are OfficeUS Agenda – documenting the work of US architectural offices and their global influence over the past one hundred years – and OfficeUS Atlas, a register and press archive of US architectural production abroad.
“[...] kudos to the editors for their work and finding a way to present and make sense of an important but overlooked element of architectural production.”
Edited by Eva Franch, Ana Miljački, Carlos Mínguez Carrasco, Jacob Reidel, Ashley Schafer