Context, Culture, and Performance in Architecture

February 27th, 2015

Celebrated New York City architects Taryn Christoff and Martin Finio discuss the importance of context, culture, and performance in their work on Friday, February 27 at 7 p.m. at the Essex Town Hall.

The couple founded their eight-person studio Christoff : Finio in 1999, and they recently were identified as “one of the twelve most creative young architects in New York” in Michael Crosbie’s book New York Dozen. Christoff and Finio also were named as among North America’s “Emerging Voices” by the Architectural League of New York, as well as members of the “Design Vanguard” by Architectural Record magazine.

Taryn Christoff draws her strength and inspiration from the design legacy of Mies van der Rohe. Working with her husband Martin Finio since 1999, she has led design and consultant teams to construct corporate and commercial interiors, institutional projects, and new residential projects. Her experience includes retail design for Steven Alan and Calypso and headquarter design for the Heckscher Foundation and Todd Hase.

Martin Finio spent nearly a decade at the office of Tod Williams and Billie Tsien. His experience there included the Cranbrook Natatorium, the Neurosciences Institute in La Jolla, and the Hunter Science Center at the Emma Willard School. He and Taryn also have taught design and studio courses at Yale University. He was recognized by Esquire magazine as “one of America’s most promising young architects.”

Their talk is free and part of the Centerbrook Architects Lecture Series, which is one of many programs that are offered regularly by the Essex Library. Please call the library at (860) 767-1560 to register. Sponsored by Centerbrook Architects, the series is in its seventh year.