Acconci Studio is a mix of poetry & geometry, computer-scripting & sentence-structure, narrative & biology. They make spaces inside-out & fluid, braided & knotted & morphed, stretched out & burst into particles: they want their spaces to liberate their users. They design buildings & plazas & landscapes, but they design also furniture & clothing & vehicles & products. They’ve recently built, in Graz, an island that functions as a theater, a café & a playground; in Tokyo, a clothing store as soft as clothing; in New York, a subway-station façade that bulges to make seating & breaks to make views. Soon to be built, in Toronto, is an apartment-complex perimeter that twists into wind-screens & canopies & seats; in Indianapolis, an interactive tunnel through a building. They are working now on a floating plaza above train-tracks in Vienna, face-to-face seating for an amphitheater in Stavanger, & a park near Eindhoven in The Netherlands.


2009 Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts, Detroit College of Creative Studies

2008 I.D. Magazine: Design Distinctions
Honorary Doctorate of Art, New School University

2007 The Chicago Anthenaeum, The 2007 American Architecture Awards
AIA Merit Award, Rehabilitation of the W8th Street Subway Station

2005 Bienal Miami + Beach 2005 [Landscape Architecture/Urban Design (Mur Island, Graz/ Silver), Interior
Design (United Bamboo Store / Gold)]

2004 New York Construction Award
ID Magazine Award for Excellence in Design
New York City Art Commission Award for Excellence in Design

2002 Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts, Pratt Institute
Robert Gwathmey Chair, Cooper Union, New York NY

2001 Nancy Graves Grant for Visual Artists
ID Magazine Award for Excellence in Design

2000 Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts, Maine College of Art
New York Foundation for the Arts, Architecture Fellowship

1999 AIA New York Chapter Special Citation
New York City Art Commission Award for Excellence in Design
ID Magazine Award for Excellence in Design

1998 ID Magazine Award for Excellence in Design

1997 Sculpture Center Award for Lifetime Achievement

1984 NEA Fellowship

1980 Skowhegan Award
NEA Fellowship

1979 Guggenheim Fellowship

1977 New York State Council on the Arts

1976 NEA Fellowship

Built Architecture & Public Projects

2009 Lobby for the Time Being, Bronx Museum, New York, NY
2007 Open-Book Store, Armory Art Fair, NY
2006 Wave-A-Wall, W 8th Street Subway Station, Coney Island, NY
2004 Roof Like A Liquid Flung Over the Plaza, Performing Arts Center, Memphis, TN Kenny Schachter Gallery Booth, Armory Art Fair, New York, NY
Kenny Schachter Gallery Booth, Art Basel Miami, FL
2003 Mur Island (Floating café, theater & playground), Graz, Austria
United Bamboo Store, Daikanyama, Tokyo
Slipping into the 21st Century (Gallery display system), Pratt Manhattan Gallery, New York, NY
Kenny Schachter Gallery Booth, Armory Art Fair, NY
2002 Wall-Slide (Wall & seating system), 161st St. Subway Station, Bronx NY
Kenny Schachter’s conTEMPorary Gallery (Temporary & adjustable gallery space), New York, NY
2001 Mobius Bench (Outdoor seating), Fukuroi City, Japan
Light-Beams for the Sky of a Transport Corridor (Lighting & telephone booths), San Francisco Airport, CA
2000 Screens for a Walkway Between Buildings & Buses & Cars (Entrance Passageway), Shibuya Station, Tokyo, Japan
Courtyard in the Wind (Moving Park), Buildings Department Administration Building, Munich, Germany
1999 Rooms From Below (Temporary store windows), Saks Fifth Avenue, New York, NY
A City That Rides the Garbage Dump (temporary billboard), Bavel Garbage Dump, Breda, Netherlands terminal), Philadelphia Airport, PA
Walkways Through The Wall (Exchangeable plaza and lobby, Midwest Convention Center), Milwaukee, WI
1997 Loloma Station (Transportation Center), Scottsdale, AZ (Collaboration with Douglas Sydnor & Angela Dye)
Park in the Water (Riverside Park), The Hague, Netherlands
1996 House Up a Building (Portable housing, temporary installation), Santiago de Compostella, Spain
High Rise of Trees (Urban Park, temporary installation), Atlanta, GA
Extra Spheres For Klapper Hall (Plaza), Queens College, NY
School On the Ground (Courtyard), P.S.3, Bronx, NY
1994 Personal Island (Mobile Island), Zwolle, Netherlands
Project #1 for Tachikawa City (Bench/ Bollard), Tachikawa City, Japan
The Promenade Ribbon (Bench for Embrcadero Promenade), San Francisco, CA (Collaboration with Stanley Saitowitz & Barbara Stauffacher Solomon)
1993 Personal River (Riverside park, temporary installation), Newcastle, UK
Renovation of Storefront for Art & Architecture (Wall machine), New York, NY, (Collaboration with Steven Holl)
1992 Floor Clock (1989) (Clock & Seating), Chicago Dock & Canal, Chicago, IL
Wall Of Ground (Outdoor/indoor wall& seating), Arvada Center for Art and Humanities, Arvada, CO
1991 Land of Boats (Playground), St. Aubin Park, Detroit, MI
Mobile Linear City (Mobile housing unit), various locations
1988 Birth of the Car/Birth of the Boat (fountain, temporary), Three Rivers Festival, Pittsburgh, PA
Bad Dream House II (Model house), John Wieland Homes, Atlanta, GA
House of Cars II (Urban Park), Greenville, OH
Face of the Earth II (Miniature park), C.W. Post College, NY
Face of the Earth III (Miniature park), Laumeier Park, St. Louis, MO
Garden with Fountain (Fountain/Planter, temporary), World Financial Center, NY
1987 Garden of Columns (Indoor town square), Coca Cola USA, Atlanta, GA
1986 House on the Ground (Miniature plaza, temporary), New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM
Palladium Underground (Garden of Bodies) (Basement Lounge), The Palladium, New York, NY
1985 House of Used Parts (Portable model house, temporary installation), Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
1984 Bad Dream House (Model house, temporary installation), MIT, Cambridge, MA
Face of the Earth (Miniature park, temporary installation), Pratt University, Brooklyn, NY
House of Cars (Urban Park, temporary), Langton Arts, San Francisco, CA