5:45pm EDT September 19, 2019

Everson Museum Café Design Competition Symposium

As part of an international architectural competition to design a new museum café, the Everson and SU Architecture have co-organized this symposium to publicly introduce the four competition finalists: FreelandBuck (Los Angeles/ New York), MILLIØNS (Los Angeles), NATURALBUILD (Shanghai) and Norman Kelley (Chicago/New Orleans). The symposium will focus on previous projects by each firm and is moderated by SU Architecture Dean Michael Speaks.


FreelandBuck is a Los Angeles and New York City-based architecture office founded and led by Brennan Buck and David Freeland. Recipients of numerous awards, including the 2019 Emerging Voices award from The Architectural League of New York, FreelandBuck has recently completed several notable residential projects in Los Angeles, including the Stack House, which received the AIA’s highest award for design distinction.

MILLIØNS is a Los Angeles-based experimental architecture practice founded by John May and Zeina Koreitem. Named among the top 50 global interior architects in 2019 by The Architects Newspaper, MILLIØNS work, including their acclaimed design for the Jack Erwin Flagship store in New York City, has received numerous design awards and citations.

NATURALBUILD is a multi-disciplinary design studio based in Shanghai. Led by Yanfei Shui and Yichi Su, NATURALBUILD is among the most highly regarded emerging offices in China. Their work has received numerous design awards and has been featured in the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale, the Shanghai West Bund Biennale, and in publications such as Wallpaper, a+u, Time and Architecture and Dezeen. Among their most notable completed projects are Waima Road Warehouse Renovation, Yushan Island Hotel, J House and the Soft Matter Pavilion.

Norman Kelley was founded by Carrie Norman and Thomas Kelley and is operated jointly between New Orleans and Chicago. Recipients of the 2014 Architectural League of New York Young Architect’s Prize, the office has exhibited at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale and the 2015 Chicago Architecture Biennale. Their award-winning projects have been published in Domus, Dezeen, Wallpaper, Frame and Design Milk. Among their most notable projects is their design for retailer Aesop in Chicago, completed in 2016, and the recently completed design for the Notre clothing shop in the Fulton-Randolph Market Historical District in Chicago.