Jeffrey brings to the office a unique background in research which sets the tone for an imaginative, thoughtful approach to design. He believes research leads to creative and improbable solutions that allow people to experience built environments in new ways. In order for those experiences to be truly enriching he takes a hands-on role in each commission and is involved in initial project definition, design direction, and construction phases.
He enjoys writing and editing, and his research has been awarded grants and honors from the Graham Foundation, Canadian Centre for Architecture, Knight Foundation, and Goldhirsh Foundation. His publications include:
Harvard Design School Guide to Shopping (co-editor)
Great Leap Forward (co-editor)
He is the founding director of C-LAB at Columbia University, a group that studies new relationships between architecture and technology. Before starting Inaba Williams he was a principal of AMO, the design and cultural consultancy founded by Rem Koolhaas and the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA). Rem and Jeffrey led the Harvard Project on the City from 1997 to 2004. He has a Master of Architecture with Distinction from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design where he received the James Templeton Kelly Thesis Prize, a MA from Harvard University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and an AB with Highest Honors from University of California, Berkeley. He's a member of the AIANY, Storefront for Art and Architecture, and Architectural League of NY. Jeffrey grew up in Los Angeles.
Registered Architect, AIA, NCARB
Darien plays a central role in the creative process. As a Project Designer at INABA from 2008-2011, she oversaw Skylight, Pool Noodle Rooftop, Suck/Blow, HLYWD, Walk This Way, and Venue. Afterward, she worked at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) in New York serving as the design team leader for two of the firm’s pivotal North American commissions: The Plaza at Santa Monica, a 420,000 SF mixed-use development in downtown Santa Monica, California; and the Marina Abramovic Institute, a 24,000 SF theater and education center dedicated to performance art in Hudson, New York. Previously she worked at Ai Weiwei’s FAKE Design in Beijing, China
Since returning to Inaba Williams as a principal, she has been responsible for leading design direction and office growth.
She received a Master of Architecture degree from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) and a BA in Urban Studies and Architectural History from Brown University. She was raised in San Francisco and has roots in Palm Springs and Santa Barbara.
Inaba Williams is MBE-Certified in New York City
Present and Past Collaborators:
Zena Mariam Mengesha
Dana Nishimura Bryan
Ki Myung Kim
Jeremy Alain Siegal
Tatiana von Preussen
Pierre de Angelis