Standard is the Los Angeles based architecture and interior design partnership of architects Jeffrey Allsbrook and Silvia Kuhle. Our projects are guided by identity and culture, reflecting the narrative for which they’re designed. Conscious of architecture’s potential to communicate, from a way of living to a company’s image, our work aspires to provide the setting that expresses the idea.
Settling in Los Angeles after living in Europe and traveling extensively, our experience gives us a distinct perspective on building and site. It is a view that combines an elemental approach to architecture and an open relationship toward the environment. As our practice evolves, this perspective increasingly defines our work. Our projects start with a dialogue about program and purpose, and progress toward their own identity. At every scale, from furniture and interiors to architecture and urban planning, our architecture responds to fundamentals – space, light and materiality. We design from the inside out, in response to a project’s specific conditions and constraints. Views, light, proportion, orientation and materiality guide us to shape and organize volume. Context and terrain; movement through space; and thresholds of variable permeability are consistent themes.
Collaboration and research across disciplines, and across time and culture, is essential to our work. As the craft of building has become increasingly complex, participating in teams of diverse experts challenges us to find solutions that seamlessly integrate complexity. This dialogue is supplemented by our own research. We see history and the world as an illustrated guide to inventive design solutions that are ready for translation. We find inspiration in everything from canonical architecture to indigenous dwellings and applied arts.
Working from Los Angeles, where landscape and site often permeate buildings, we believe that architecture can be landscape-generative rather than landscape displacing. Our work, built and un-built, shows that architecture has the potential to coexist with the organic environment rather than consume it. Beyond merely visual concepts, many of our proposals establish narratives for new ways of living, and illustrate the potential for a transformed experience.
Jeffrey Allsbrook, a licensed architect and founding principal of Standard, received a BS in Architecture from the Ohio State University and a Master of Architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture. He also studied architecture at the Städelschule in Frankurt, Germany and at the Berlage Institute in Amsterdam. Mr. Allsbrook’s built and theoretical work has been featured in numerous publications both nationally and internationally. In addition to his professional work, he is committed to architectural education and research. He maintained a faculty position at the University of Southern California from 1999 to 2009. Mr. Allsbrook has presented lectures on Standard’s work and his research on Le Corbusier, as well as juried reviews at USC, SCI Arc, UCLA, Otis College and Rice University. Prior to forming Standard, Mr. Allsbrook was a designer at Munkenbeck and Marshall in London, and a project architect for Mack Architects in Los Angeles. He is licensed in California, New York, Nevada and Washington.
Silvia Kuhle, a licensed architect and founding principal of Standard, received her Diploma in architecture from the Technische Universität in Darmstadt, Germany and her Master of Architecture from Columbia University in New York. Ms. Kuhle worked with Morphosis Architects for more than ten years. As Project Manager and Principal, she managed a broad range of award winning educational, institutional, governmental, cultural and residential projects. In 2006 she led the firm’s competition winning design for the Phare Tower in Paris, a 300 meter commercial office building that aims to set new benchmarks for sustainable design while providing an iconic landmark in the Parisian skyline. Ms. Kuhle led many of the firm’s most celebrated projects, including the third phase of the Hypo Alpe-Adria Bank in Klagenfurt, Austria, the Caltrans District 7 Headquarters in Los Angeles and the New Academic Building for the Cooper Union in New York City. As Project Architect, she was responsible for the Long Beach International Elementary School and the Children’s Museum Los Angeles. Ms. Kuhle’s work has been published in A+U, Architectural Record, SOMA, Columbia University Abstract, and SD. Ms. Kuhle taught design studios at UCLA, as well as lectured and juried reviews at SciArc, UCLA, USC and Cornell University.
Riko came to Standard with international experience. She graduated from the Tama Art University in Tokyo, Japan with a Bachelor of Art in Environment & Architectural Design and from the Academy of Art University, San Francisco with a Masters in Fine Arts in Interior Architecture Design.
Ping is a 2017 summer intern at Standard. She studies at the Harvard University, Graduate School of Design and has a Bachelor of Architecture from the Wuhan University, China.
Yijin is a 2017 summer intern at Standard. She studies at the Washington University, San Louis and has a Bachelor of Construction Management from the Southeast University, Nanjing, China.
Kayne Griffin Corcoran Gallery
Sean O'Connor Lighting
AWARDS & RECOGNITION
2017 - Helmut Lang Store wins LABC's 47th Architectural Award
2017 - Blu Dot Showroom wins American Architecture Award 2017
2016 - Modern Vernacular House wins 2016 Beverly Hills Design Award
2016 - Salford Meadows Bridge wins American Architecture Award 2016
2016 - Helmut Lang Store is Architizer A+ Award finalist
2016 - Cat Cube published in Phaidon Nanotecture
2015 - Hourglass Cosmetics is Interior Design's Best of Year Finalist
2015 - Pressed Juicery wins AIA|LA Citation Design Award
2014 - Kayne Griffin Corcoran Gallery wins the American Architecture Award 2014
2014 - Salford Meadows Bridge wins AIA|LA LA Next Award
2014 - LA Times Interview with Jeff Allsbrook
2014 - Salford Meadows Bridge wins Architizer A+ Award
2014 - Kayne Griffin Corcoran Gallery is Architizer A+ Award finalist
2013 - Kayne Griffin Corcoran Gallery wins AIA|LA Merit Design Award
2013 - Interview on DNA