Interloop A/D practices an approach to architecture that confounds conventional models of practice today. As specialists we believe the means for producing architecture - the established and invented systems for producing buildings of quality - are formal and precise. Creating and deploying the construction documents that communicate design ideas to the building industry is often a matter of knowing the latest material and procedural conventions, and operating within them for the betterment of the project. On the other hand, as generalists we seek out those aspects of a project that resist safe, typological categories. Each project we undertake is nuanced, the product of an infinite number of circumstances impossible to duplicate, or encounter twice. We believe being a specialized organization capable of producing structures of great complexity, and operating with a generalist attitude that is comfortable with architecture that is always in-process, puts Interloop A/D in a category of its own.
Interloop A/D is a design firm first and foremost. We explore design through the material and organizational dimensions of the construction and fabrication field. Without exception our successes have resulted from our ability to connect the protocols and conventions - in essence the means - of a fabrication or delivery system with the programmatic and material expectations that have been placed upon them as built objects. Hence our commitment to the development of a system form for each project we produce. System form, put simply, is the inevitable, operational shape any endeavor takes. It is through the rendering of system form that the protocols and routines of a distributed and coordinated endeavor take an aesthetic dimension. Good planning in conjunction with the ability to adapt and improvise is critical to the ultimate success of every project. At IA/D we use this inclusive term, performance, to describe all activity associated with the production of a successful project. In fact we approach each design project as if it were a well-timed performance, where elements of aesthetics, planning, and construction are all part of a coordinated effort. We believe good design is as much a matter of system form, where the organizational aspect of a project can attain an operational aesthetic, as it is a matter of formal, and material appearance.