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Jacob Slevin
Jacob is both a designer and an entrepreneur. He was trained as an architect at Cornell University, where he additionally studied real estate finance. His experiences are as varied and mixed as his interests. Jacob worked at Frederic Schwartz Architects, where he helped develop the winning entry for the New Jersey 911 Memorial competition. Additionally, he’s studied investment management at the Royal Bank of Canada, working in its private wealth management division. Most recently, Jacob was working at FXFOWLE Architects, before founding, and its family of websites, Product Wars, NeoCon and 3rings.

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Entries by Jacob Slevin

Timeless Architecture at Audemars Piquet's La Maison des Fondateurs

(0) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 7:04 PM


Photo courtesy of BIG.

I often say that watchmaking and architecture are akin. Probably the most irrefutable reference for this is assertion is Le Corbusier whom emerged from his training as a watchmaker in La Chaux-de-Fonds to be one of the pioneers...

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Best Architecture Moments of 2013

(0) Comments | Posted December 31, 2013 | 6:22 PM

I'm trained as an architect, not an economist or financier, but as we count down the final hours of this year, there are some obvious observations regarding the state of the economy, at least in the United States. After five years, hallelujah, markets today are trading higher than before the...

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Top Ten Design Moments From Westedge 2013

(0) Comments | Posted October 8, 2013 | 5:28 PM

The inaugural WestEdge Design Fair launched in Los Angeles last week, offering the West Coast its own, much-needed destination for architects, designers and collectors.

One of the fair's founders, Megan Reilly, says Los Angeles was the ideal place for WestEdge, given its unique character created by all...

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CAST YOUR VOTE: Filmmaker Lounge Competition at the 2013 Los Angeles Film Festival

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2013 | 9:06 PM

I've been fabulously excited about posting these Top 10 entries for the Filmmaker Lounge Competition. The winner will work together with leadership at Film Independent to implement an updated scheme that will be constructed and on display June 13-23, 2013 at the Los Angeles...

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Broadening the Role of Architects: Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center by WEISS/MANFREDI

(4) Comments | Posted January 24, 2013 | 9:14 AM


Garden and City Context. Albert Večerka/Esto

I've been waiting over five years to write this article. I was privileged to first meet Michael Manfredi and Marion Weiss, co-founders of WEISS/MANFREDI, during my fourth year studying at Cornell University's School of Architecture....

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Growing an Architecture Firm in Beijing: The Making of The Titan

(1) Comments | Posted January 10, 2013 | 9:06 AM


The Titan. Photo Courtesy of BAM.

Globalization is a prevalent theme these days. People can travel to opposite points in the world in less than a day, and can send emails to opposite points in the world in less than a...

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Local Art In Local Venues: IndieWalls To Transform Art Discovery And Acquisition

(1) Comments | Posted November 12, 2012 | 3:14 PM

Today's new crop of companies targets every market under the sun, but they often remain exclusively focused on creating an online space, using particular subject matter of shared interest to build a community. In fact, few of these companies interact with real physical space, choosing to build web presence and...

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Form Follows Function: Dror for Tumi, Modern Bags

(1) Comments | Posted August 23, 2012 | 8:07 AM

I've said it before, and I'll say it again, I'm always excited to see design and architecture pierce adjacent industries and creative disciplines. Previously, I've written about theater design (see Viñoly Takes Center Stage), tabletop design (see Envy Tabletops), Hottest art by design, specifically watercolours (see...

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Permanent Design Icon, David Rockwell, Speaking On Temporary Design

(0) Comments | Posted August 23, 2012 | 7:20 AM


David Rockwell, portrait. Photo courtesy of Rockwell Group.

I am sitting overlooking Union Square in New York City from the office of the incomparable David Rockwell, which expectedly houses an eclectic collection of sketches, books, snow globes and kaleidoscopes, as...

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Interior Design Leadership United: An Interview With Susan S. Szenasy Of Metropolis Magazine

(1) Comments | Posted June 29, 2012 | 9:19 AM

On Monday, June 11, 2012, Fellows of both American Society of Interior Design (ASID) and the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) gathered in Chicago for a single, consolidated annual meeting. While both organizations hold an annual meeting of their fellows, this was the first attempt to...

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NeoCon 2012 Unplugged

(0) Comments | Posted June 28, 2012 | 1:54 PM

It's that time of year again, when the commercial furnishings industry launches its newest products at the design expo, NeoCon. Last year, I assembled an article summarizing my favorite brands and products and included a first-ever blooper reel at the end of my summary. See NeoCon...

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William Pedersen, KPF Helps Celebrate Art & Design at New Museum, NYC

(1) Comments | Posted April 11, 2012 | 3:37 PM


Hudson Yards. Image courtesy of Kohn Pedersen Fox.

The Huffington Post Arts page recently celebrated Design Thursdays with a special presentation from William Pedersen, Senior Design Partner at Kohn Pedersen Fox architects. Pedersen spoke about the Hudson Yards redevelopment project, which will transform...

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Envy Tabletops: 10 Hottest Dining by Design NYC Vignettes

(0) Comments | Posted April 5, 2012 | 8:28 AM

The Architectural Digest Home Design Show (March 22-25, 2012) at Pier 94 in New York City hosted many of my favorite residential furnishings brands, such as USM, Miele, Artistic Tile, and more. Honestly, there was absolutely nothing exhibited that I wouldn't hope...

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5 Hottest Boutique Mediterranean Hotels (PHOTOS)

(0) Comments | Posted February 7, 2012 | 9:46 PM

Surrounding the substantial history and extensive culture of the Mediterranean
Sea, a region known for its picture-perfect climate and astounding coastlines, live some of the world's most fabulous boutique hotels. As one might expect, site, in particular, the relationship between object (hotel structure) and moment (waterfront) are in...

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11 Best Architecture Moments of 2011

(26) Comments | Posted December 20, 2011 | 4:29 PM

I'm pleased to say that 2011 was an exciting entry into a new decade of architecture, especially given the prologue put forward by the close of the prior decade. There's undoubtedly continued heartache for all constituents of the construction industry, as the debt crisis continues to sprawl, such that the...

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Economy and Technology Steering Winners of Cooper Hewitt's National Design Awards

(0) Comments | Posted December 6, 2011 | 5:37 PM

As we approach the end of 2011, more and more attention will be applied towards answering the profound question: why is this year different than any other year (or why was it the same)? To facilitate this scrutiny, I've called upon Architecture Research Office (ARO) and

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Culture and Science Return to Utah: $103MM Natural History Museum Re-Opening on November 18, 2011

(1) Comments | Posted November 9, 2011 | 6:37 PM

In just over a week, the Natural History Museum of Utah will re-open to the public along the Wasatch Range, a the 17-acre site at the edge of the City and the University of Utah campus, viewing out towards the Great Salt Lake, the Oquirrhs mountain range, Kennecott...

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A. Eugene Kohn Watercolours

(0) Comments | Posted October 26, 2011 | 5:35 PM

More and more I've become fascinated with architects' alternative forms of creative expression, those lying outside the boundaries of their core work. Just a month ago, I wrote of a similar departure, Rafel Viñoly Takes The Stage, on Vinoly's passion for set design - further referencing the creative...

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Design Miami/ Presents David Adjaye Annual Designer of the Year Award

(1) Comments | Posted September 7, 2011 | 8:12 PM

Just announced, David Adjaye, Principal Architect of Adjaye Associates, is this year's recipient of the Design Miami/ Designer of the Year Award. David will be commissioned to design and install a site-specific pavilion, entitled Genesis, along the Miami Beachfront in line with the show scheduled for...

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Designer Yves Béhar Helps Children of Mexico See Better

(1) Comments | Posted August 30, 2011 | 3:06 PM

Just moments ago, acclaimed designer Yves Béhar, received the enormously prestigious 2011 INDEX: Award for Verbien See Better to Learn Better, a social design program collaborating with Augen Optics and the Mexican Government to provide free eyeglasses to underprivileged schoolchildren in Mexico....

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