Office for Unsolicited Architecture [OUA]
An architecture of action, rather than re-action.

As it is practiced today, architecture is all too often a responsive profession.

Architects take direction from their clients, providing solutions to a set of problems and desires described in a project brief. While this sort of responsive architecture is, admittedly, the most pragmatic way of working (since financial remunerations are secured in advance), it affords little agency to the architect. Instead, clients alone determine architecture's agenda.

The Office for Unsolicited Architecture proposes an alternative: a new form of practice that pro-actively seeks out new territories for intervention, addresses pressing social needs and takes advantage of emerging opportunities for architecture. All of this is motivated by a desire to fight impassivity, self-doubt and perceived (or real) marginalization of architects while hunting for an architecture that is interesting, innovative, subversive, creative, transgressive, reflective, sustainable, attainable, idealistic, profitable and above all, forever unsolicited.

Want to know more?

Read more about how OUA works, and what we stand for.

View select projects from the OUA portfolio, as published in Volume 14: Unsolicited Architecture.