Jakob + MacFarlane
Brendan MacFarlane, a New Zealander born in 1961, graduated in 1984 from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (Sci–Arc), followed by Harvard in 1990. Shortly thereafter he joined the American firm, Morphosis. There he met Dominique Jakob, a French woman born in 1966, and graduate of the Paris-Villemin School of Architecture in 1991. In 1994 they founded the Jakob + MacFarlane firm in Paris, through which they develop their hybrid productions, between experimental research and built projects. In 1988 Brendan MacFarlane conjugated teaching and architecture, at Harvard and Sci–Arc, as well as the Bartlett School in London and the École Spéciale d’Architecture (ESA) where Dominique Jakob, who primarily teaches at the Paris- Villemin School of Architecture, also teaches. The architecture developed by Jakob + MacFarlane results from a process of analytical and diagnostic immersion, exploring the generative probabilities of a context in which the architecture underscores the variables.
In their recent projects at the Docks de Paris (2007) and the redevelopment of the former Subsistances Militaires in Orleans for the FRAC Centre (2006 – under construction), the firm has been developing their concept of the tectonics of materiality and the architectural capturing of movement on a large scale.