Architecture Lecture: Gordon Stott
Because We Were Tired of Designing Fancy Bathrooms for Rich People. Or, Notes on an Attempt to Industrialize The Residential Housing Industry
The tension between the singular, unique objects (typically buildings) created by “architects” and the plural, replicable objects created by “commercial designers” points to the privileged place architecture has occupied in relation to other design fields.
As economic realities make this place of privilege less tenable for architects and their clients, Connect:homes proposes an “industrialized” solution to architecture, using a system born out of years of experience in modular housing industry.
Gordon Stott received his Masters of Architecture from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design in 2003. He worked for five years at Marmol Radziner Prefab, a pioneering high-end modular prefab company, where he met his business partner Jared Levy. Based on feedback from customers demanding lower-cost, high-design, green prefab homes capable of being delivered anywhere, Levy and Stott launched Connect:homes. They developed a patent-pending modular system that eliminates delivery as the major industry hurdle. A single factory can now cost-effectively deliver homes worldwide–a “best-practice” currently employed in every other industry besides modular housing. Connect:homes launched in May 2012 and is based in Los Angeles with a manufacturing facility in Riverside County, CA.