We are a creative practice working across spheres of architecture, urbanism, social sculpture, and large scale public art. Our work focuses on innovative cultural projects ranging in scale from master-plans to buildings and spaces of any size. These projects frequently begin with strategic partnerships beyond the typical space of architectural practice. Our work is often the result of self-initiated research and design. What we do is based on optimistic speculations for how people and the built environment affect one another. We believe the most exciting moments in the history of art and architecture are the creation of new forms and uses of space. Our process pursues an architecture that affects relationships between its constituents, their environment, and their unique identities.

BLURRY BLOCK

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Project: Residential and commercial development

Team: Vincent Appel, Ethan October Lay-Sleeper, Franklin Romero Jr, Tanawat Vichaiwatanapanich

Date: 2013
Status: Schematic Design
Client: Confidential

The Van Alen Institute
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Project: A multiform gallery, office, bookstore, and event space for the Van Alen Institute

Team: Vincent Appel, Ethan October Lay-Sleeper, Jaime Magaliff, Paul Miller, Heather Murtagh, Mario Mohan, Franklin Romero Jr, Emily Ruopp Mata

Environment: Right Environments David White
Landscape: Crystal Gaudio
Structure: Arup, Matt Jackson
AV / Acoustics: Arup, Denis Blount, Terence Caulkins, Matthew Mahon
Code: Robert Bisaccia, Inc.

Date: 2013
Status: Invited Competition
Client: The Van Alen Institute

Art Bar
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Project: Multiform gallery and cultural infrastructure for the Staten Island FerryTeam: Vincent Appel, Heather Pfister, Julien Leyssene, Brygida Michon, Jaime Magaliff, Jim Wene, Emily Jockel, Guillermo de la Parra Laita, David Mata
Date: 2011 – Ongoing
Status: In progress
Client: Self initiatedFeatured TEDx Dumbo 2012 Action Pitch
2012 New York State Council on The Arts Independent Project Award
Institute for Urban Design 2011 1st place “By the City / For the City” competition
Published in “The Atlas of Possibility for the Future of New York,” 2011

Staten Island Arts
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Project: Multiform gallery and office suite for the Staten Island Arts CouncilTeam: Vincent Appel, Brygida Michon, Tomonori Tsujita, Jim Wene, Anette Franek
Date: 2009 - 2013
Status: Under Construction
Client: Staten Island Arts CouncilSyracuse University School of Architecture Design Studio Summer 2010
2009 Rockefeller Cultural Innovation Fund Award
Owner: NYC Economic Development Corporation
Construction Manager: Hunter Roberts Construction Group
Major gifts: Staten Island Borough President’s Office, Richmond County Saving Foundation

JHG

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Project: Brand identity for JHG & PartnersTeam: Vincent Appel, Tanawat Vichaiwatanapanich
Date: 2013
Status: Complete

NESTLÉ MASTER PLAN

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Project: Masterplan for the mixed-use redevelopment of the Nestle Chocolate Factory in Fulton, NY.Team: Vincent Appel, Tanawat Vichaiwatanapanich, Caitlin Pontrella
Date: 2012 – Ongoing
Status: In Progress
Client: OXG Development

CHATTANOOGA

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Project: Landscape design competition for the City of ChattanoogaTeam: Vincent Appel, Matt Rink, Julien Leyssene, Garth Brown, Dennis Harvey
Date: 2011
Status: Competition
Client: City of Chattanooga, TN

Bonbright Gallery
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Project: Architectural design and brand identity for Bonbright GalleryTeam: Vincent Appel, Dino Tadiar, Thomas Day
Brand Identity and graphic design: OPA, formerly Medium, in collaboration with Other Means, Vance Wellenstein
Date: 2011
Status: Construction Documentation

Manhattan Bridge Skate Park
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Project: Manhattan Bridge Skate Park / Coleman Oval Park Competition

Team: Vincent Appel in collaboration with Public Workshop, and Jocko Weyland, Rob Erickson, Becky Yurek, David Anderson, and Steve Hoffman.
Date: 2011
Status: Finalist

Jayne’s Suburb

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Project: Interior residential renovation of Midtown Manhattan penthouse.

Team: Vincent Appel, James Henry, Mario Mohan
Date: 2011
Status: Completed

Mies Mash
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Project: Renovation to a 1920′s New England CottageTeam: Vincent Appel, Rob Daurio, Paul Miller, Mian Ye
Date: 2009
Status: Commission 

Museo de la Ciudad Medellín
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Project: Museum of the City of Medellín, Columbia.Team: Vincent Appel, Andrea Zalewski, Jim Wene
Date: 2010
Status: Competition, Honorable Mention

Ra Ra Park
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Project: Landscape design and public art master plan for the city of Fountain Inn, SCTeam: Vincent Appel, Matt Rink, James Henry
Date:2010
Status:On hold
Client: City of Fountain Inn, SC

Temporary Museum
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Project: A temporary museum including ten galleries and event spacesTeam: Vincent Appel, Mian Ye, Rob Daurio, Patrick Daurio, Dale Lunan, and Emily Jockel
Date: 2009
Status: Completed
Program:
MLAB
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Project: A renovation of a 1984 Holiday Rambler RV into a mobile classroom and gallery for the city of Syracuse, NY and their high schools.

Team: Completed as the Social Sculpture Collaborative with the Syracuse University Sculpture Department: Vincent Appel, Marco Camacho, Dave Clayton, Julia Dalton, Roslyn Esperon, Sam Harmon, David Harris, Nicolette Harvish, Yun-Pei Hsiung, Jessica Posner, Zach Seibold, Marion Wilson, Arjan Zasueta (with Matt Rink, Bland Hoke)
Date:2008
Status:Completed

Windscrapers
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Project: Alternative architectural and urban design strategies for rapid urbanization in the Middle East.

Team: Vincent Appel
Date: 2009
Status: Research

BMW Guggenheim Lab

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The architecture of the Atelier Bow Wow’s BMW Guggenheim Lab was that of a public street. By floating the support infrastructure of the multiform program space above, zones of defined and implied programing were carefully calibrated on the ground plane. This strategy left the empty lot’s parti walls visible and unadorned. Their texture became part of the visual identity of the space. The cutting-edge carbon fiber structure above was designed for utility and drama. This was achieved by simultaneously amplifying the reading of the structure as a volume and clearly defining the volume of program space below.

The project deployed an aesthetic of contrast over self-similarity. The result was an exquisite palimpsest of the ground plane, texture of the parti walls, newness, elegance, and innovation above. The project was a stage for adaptability and flexibility. It was a rare example of delicate yet legible spatial articulation, hi-tec and low-tec utility, and a direct civic spatial gesture — the architecture framed its content from the street and framed the street looking out. The space of the street was allowed to pass directly through these frames and into the pavilion, modulated by furniture, curtains, and other programming elements.

The Earth Room

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Walter De Maria’s 1977 “Earth Room” instills a deep sense of curiosity for understanding the nature of space, architecture, and the city. The Earth Room causes an immediate and permanent sense of wonder about the possibility of our city — and architecture & urbanism at large. It is a public room open to anyone who is inquisitive. All manner of urban and architectural ecologies intersect in the Earth Room with great attention. This is achieved with ingenious tectonic articulation and an absolute control over architecture. The project makes present the forces which give architecture and the city shape and shape our experiences within it. It reminds us that architecture and urbanism are full of exception and normality, challenging us to seek out and understand both. It compels one to tell other people about it, and that is how it is discovered. It is part of a network of cultural infrastructure and is an act of cultural production itself. Its presence in the collective imagination of our city is discursive and mutable.

NEWS

14/03/13 — Spring 2014 Fashion Institute of Technology Seminar
Vincent Appel is an Instructor, teaching a seminar on the measures and mythologies of sustainable design thinking.

14/02/27 — Lecture & Workshop: “A New Form of Civic Architecture”
Vincent Appel presents Of Possible Architectures’ work with the Staten Island Arts Council — a project for a new form of civic programming and architecture in New York City. The project which is currently under construction is a prototype for arts councils nationally.

14/01/21 — Workshop: Chipotle Design Prototype Ideation
Of Possible Architectures is working with Chipotle Mexican Grill on the design of a new store prototype. To kick off the project we are leading a design ideation workshop at their headquarters in Denver.

13/10/08 — Lecture: “Sustainabilities” at Fashion Institute of Technology
Vincent Appel will present Of Possible Architectures’ work as examples of economic, social, and environmental sustainability in design. The lecture will take place at 7:30 pm on October, 10th 2013 as part of the Sustainable Design Entrepreneurs program.

13/07/25 — OPA is shortlisted for the Van Alen Institute Competition.

13/02/25 — Kalil Grant Award
Vincent Appel has been awarded the Practitioner / Scholar Michael Kalil Grant for Smart Design. The grant will be used to develop a coastal housing prototype for single-family residences located in the FEMA 100 year Flood Plain along the East Coast of the United States.

13/01/14 — Spring 2013 Syracuse Architecture NYC Studio with Mick McConnell
Vincent Appel is an Instructor, co-teaching a studio focused on the design of a headquarters for Spotify located on the site of the Old Tobacco Warehouse in DUMBO.

12/09/04 — Fall 2012 Syracuse Architecture NYC Studio with Jing Liu
Vincent Appel is an Instructor, co-teaching a design studio focused on multi-unit domestic architecture in New York City.

12/04/01 — Art Bar wins 2012 NYSCA Architecture + Design Grant
The New York State Council on the Arts awards Vincent Appel and Heather Pfister an independent project grant for a feasibility of Art Bar as a viable proposal for cultural infrastructure on the Staten Island Ferry.

12/01/14 — Spring 2012 Syracuse Architecture NYC Studio with Susannah Drake and Halina Steiner
Vincent Appel is an Instructor, co-teaching a design studio focused on alternative architectural and landscape urbanism developments within the Brooklyn Navy Yard masterplan.

11/10/02 — Urban by Nature at the BMW Guggenheim Lab: NYC
Vincent Appel and Everett Hollander moderate a day long panel discussion and series of workshops with PlayLab, Tattfoo, Public Workshop, and Marion Wilson exploring a contemporary and evolving definition of urbanism as a creative process.

11/09/04 — Fall 2011 Syracuse Architecture NYC Studio with Richard Gluckman
Vincent Appel is an Instructor, co-teaching a design studio focused on institutional transparency and framed space. The program is a museum at the corner of 30th Street and 10th Avenue next to the High Line in Manhattan.

11/07/31 — Art Bar is awarded 1st place by The Institute for Urban Design in the By the City / For the City Competition.

11/02/11 — Supermodels: An Investigation into the Architectural Design Process Model
Vincent Appel moderates a day-long event on the role of the architectural model including discussions with Joshua Prince-Ramus at the Syracuse University School of Architecture New York City Studio, Craig Dykers at the Snøhetta NYC model shop, and Hiroshi Nakayama at the Rafael Viñoly NYC model shop.

11/01/23 — Spaces that Teach / Spaces that Learn
Vincent Appel in discussion at the Storefront for Art and Architecture with Wendy Woon, Mohammad Sharif, David van der leer, Laura Kurgan, Nader Voussoughian, Dan Michaelson, Preeti Sriratana, Karen Wong, Felicity Scott, Florian Idenburg, and Jing Liu.

11/01/14 — Spring 2011 Syracuse Architecture NYC Studio with Gregg Pasquarelli
Vincent Appel is an Instructor, co-teaching a design studio focused on the development of the Hudson Rail Yards.

10/09/04 — Fall 2010 Syracuse Architecture NYC Studio with Joshua Prince-Ramus
Vincent Appel is an Instructor, co-teaching a design studio focused on the development of a Lower Manhattan branch extension to the New York Public Library.

10/06/23 — News From Somewhere: On the Production of Culture
Vincent Appel moderates a panel discussion on the means and methods by which alternative forms of cultural infrastructure are realized in New York City. Panelists include Robert Elmes, Eva Franch, Jason Goodman, Melanie Cohn, and Jon Lott at the Syracuse University School of Architecture New York City Studio.

10/06/02 — Summer 2010 Syracuse Architecture NYC Studio
Vincent Appel leads an eight week design research studio funded by the Rockefeller Cultural Innovation Fund to study the design of a new form of civic architecture for the Staten Island Arts Council in collaboration with Jon Lott.

10/03/20 — AMP receives a Jury Selection award from the AIANY Emerging NY Architects Committee.
Arts Manufacturing Park is a proposal for cultural infrastructure and the adaptive re-use of the High Bridge Park pedestrian bridge, Harlem River Drive overpass, and old Harlem River Speedway Steps.

10/03/05 — Digital Modeling for Urban Design Workshop at Chu Hai College of Architecture, Hong Kong
Vincent Appel leads a week long workshop on digital modeling for urban design with Brian McGrath, Rex Wong, and Kerrie Butts at the Chu Hai Collage of Architecture in Hong Kong.

10/01/14 — Spring 2010 Syracuse Architecture NYC Studio with Gregg Pasquarelli
Vincent Appel is an Assistant Instructor to Gregg Pasquarelli teaching a design studio focused on researching the urban and architectural design of super-blocks throughout Manhattan.

09/09/04 — Fall 2009 Syracuse Architecture NYC Studio with Marc Tsurumaki
Vincent Appel is an Assistant Instructor to Mark Tsurumaki teaching a design studio focused on urban mobility.

09/08/15 — The 2009 Rockefeller Cultural Innovation Fund awarded to The Staten Island Arts Council.
Vincent Appel and Melanie Cohn, Executive Director of the Staten Island Arts Council, co-authored and conceptualized the awarded project.

09/4/01 — Vincent Appel is a juror for the Staten Island Arts’ Premier Grant Awards.

09/03/09 — MLAB is selected as a finalist for the MacJannet Prize for Global Citizenship.
The Mobile Literacy Arts Bus is a project by Vincent Appel in collaboration with the Social Sculpture Collaborative and Marion Wilson.

09/02/12 — Lecture and Workshop on Social Sculpture at Mass Art.
Vincent Appel leads a day long workshop on social sculpture at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design: Studio for Interrelated Media with Marion Wilson, Zach Seibold, Jessica Posner, and Sam Harmon.

09/01/14 — Spring 2009 Syracuse Architecture NYC Studio with Craig Dykers
Vincent Appel is an Assistant Instructor to Craig Dykers teaching a design studio focused on the 7 million vacant square feet located in the Financial District of Manhattan.

08/10/29 — Vincent Appel speaks at the Colgate School of Art & Art History with Zach Seibold and Jessica Posner.

08/10/18 — Global Responsibility Panel Discussion at the Center for Archtiecture, New York, NY
Vincent Appel and Jonathan Massey represent the Syracuse University School of Architecture in a panel discussion including Anthony Vidler, Reinhold Martin, Stan Allen, Robert Stern, George Ranalli, Jessica Lewis, Kent Kleinman, Urs Gauchat, Judith DiMaio, David Leven, Mark Mistu, Brian Carter, Keith Krumwiede, and others.

08/02/21 — Judith Seinfeld Distinguished Fellowship awarded to Vincent Appel

CONTACT

Vincent Appel

New Projects: Vincent@ofpossible.com

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