The Art of Hand Sketching, Furniture Making and Adaptive Reuse with Architect Rachel Robinson

Dec. 18, 2023
NYC-based architect Rachel Robinson sits down with Editor-in-Chief AnnMarie Martin to discuss her boutique firm's work.

What do hand sketching, creating custom furniture and adaptive reuse have in common? They’re all in a day’s work for architect Rachel Robinson, co-founder of New York City based durodeco. In this episode, she sits down with i+s Editor in Chief, AnnMarie Martin, to discuss how her firm got its start, where the design industry seems to be heading in New York (hint: adaptive reuse is on the rise), the importance of sketching by hand and why it’s so important to her work—and more.

Meet our guest

Rachel Robinson, AIA, co-founder, durodeco

Rachel Robinson is a licensed architect with over 10 years of experience working in New York and a portfolio spanning residential, cultural, and hospitality projects at firms including Toshiko Mori Architect, Selldorf Architects, and Rockwell Group. Rachel holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Virginia School of Architecture and a Master in Architecture degree from Harvard University Graduate School of Design. She also studied drawing in Vicenza, Italy, where she was inspired by the work of Carlo Scarpa and his meticulous attention to the interface between historic architecture and contemporary design. She has developed a niche expertise and enthusiasm for approaching the seemingly daunting interplay between new and old in her own work.

About the Author

AnnMarie Martin | Editor-in-Chief

AnnMarie has been covering the commercial design space since 2005 and has been on the editorial staff at i+s since 2011. Her style and vision has helped the brand evolve into a thought leader in purpose-driven design and cultural movements shaping the way we live and work. She returned to the role of editor in chief at the start of 2023 and her journalism and fiction writing background have helped to craft bi-monthly issues that don’t just report the latest industry news, but tell a cohesive tale of some of the biggest topics facing designers today.

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