Collective–LOK is an architectural collaboration formed by Jon Lott (PARA), William O'Brien Jr. (WOJR), and Michael Kubo (over,under).
Jon Lott is the founder principal of PARA-Project, an office for architecture based in New York City. He holds the Master of Architecture with Distinction from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and the Bachelor of Architecture from California Polytechnic University San Luis Obispo. Prior to PARA, he worked for the Office of Metropolitan Architecture and REX Architects on large-scale cultural and institutional buildings, with Preston Scott Cohen on the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, and with the New York City Parks & Recreation Department directing the development of various public projects in the New York metropolitan area. He is recipient of the Architectural League’s New York Prize, a 2009 MoMA PS1 finalist, and currently completing renovations to the Syracuse University School of Education won by invited competition. He has taught at Syracuse University, directing the School of Architecture’s New York City Program, is a Leopold Schepp and John E. Thayer Scholar; has been a project editor for PRAXIS: Journal of Writing + Building and an invited juror at Harvard, Princeton, Rice, Yale, Columbia, MIT, UPenn, Cornell, Toronto, and the Architectural League of New York. He is an NCARB certified architect, with licensure in New York and California.
William O’Brien Jr. is the principal of WOJR: Organization for Architecture, and is an Associate Professor in the MIT Department of Architecture. He is the recent recipient of the 2012-2013 Rome Prize Fellowship in Architecture awarded by the American Academy in Rome. His practice was awarded the 2011 Architectural League Prize for Young Architects and Designers. In 2010 his practice was a finalist for the MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program and was recognized as a winner of the Design Biennial Boston Award. O’Brien has taught previously at The University of California Berkeley as a Bernard Maybeck Fellow and was the LeFevre Emerging Practitioner Fellow at The Ohio State University. Before joining MIT, for two years he was Assistant Professor at The University of Texas at Austin, where he taught advanced theory seminars and design studios in the graduate curriculum. At MIT O’Brien currently holds the Cecil and Ida Green Career Development Chair and teaches design studios in both the graduate and undergraduate programs.
Michael Kubo is a co-director of pinkcomma gallery in Boston and a collaborator in over,under, an interdisciplinary practice with expertise in architecture, urban design, graphic identity, and publications. He is a Ph.D. Candidate in the History, Theory, and Criticism of Architecture at MIT, where his work focuses on the emergence of collective and corporate architectural practice in the United States after World War II. He was Associate Curator for OfficeUS, the U.S. Pavilion at the 2014 International Architecture Biennale in Venice. Kubo is co-editor of OfficeUS Atlas and co-author of the forthcoming HEROIC: Concrete Architecture and the New Boston 1960-1976, to be published by Monacelli Press in 2015. His writing has appeared in Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Journal of Architectural Education, MAS Context, CLOG, Architect, Volume, PLOT, and The New City Reader. He has taught studios and seminars at Pratt Institute, the University of Texas at Austin, and SUNY Buffalo, where he was the Peter Reyner Banham Fellow for 2008-2009.