FRAME DESIGN LAB is a New York based design studio formed as a collaboration between its two partners, who, with diverse backgrounds, bring a broad range of expertise to each project. With a focus on the individual and collective experience, the studio's work seeks to explore and transform the many relationships between the individual and the built environment. Such relationships may begin with the joining of two materials and may scale through to the major effects that a simple intervention can have on a community in an urban context.
Each project begins with systematic investigations identifying the extent of the various factors at play. Through collaboration with clients and our network of craftsmen, fabricators and consultants, we explore, test and ultimately reframe relationships allowing innovative and transformative spaces to emerge.
NINA COOKE JOHN
Nina began her career designing houses in Connecticut, Arizona and Virginia with the architecture firm Voorsanger and Associates. She went on to work on large cultural institutional projects like the New York Botanical Gardens master plan, the Clinton Library and the Biltmore Theater at Polshek Partnership (now Ennead). Nina spent 7 years as a sole practitioner collaborating with Reddymade Design on retail design, corporate offices and custom residential construction and interior design. She is in her eleventh year as an educator teaching architecture and design strategy at Syracuse University and currently at Parsons the New School for Design. Nina has been a registered architect since 2000 holding licenses in New York and New Jersey. She earned her Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell University and a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University.
Anne-Marie has practiced design since 2006 at distinguished firms in San Francisco, Austin, and New York City including Architecture Research Office and Reddymade Design. She has worked on projects ranging from a training center at Goldman Sachs's new world headquarters and offices in the Lever House to numerous residential projects spanning from Driggs, Idaho to NYC. Anne-Marie has a background in anthropology, environmental science and sustainable design which together fuel her pursuits in her practice. She holds a Bachelors degree in Biological Anthropology from the University of California, San Diego and a Master of Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin.