Therrien–Barley
is a research & design office.

Part think-tank, part creative agency, we are designers, producers, curators and consultants. We work with academic and cultural institutions as well as brands and industry on digital, physical, and conceptual projects.

Selected Projects

Experiments in Motion

Experiments in Motion is a research initiative partnering Audi of America and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, for a research think tank, architectural design studios, and exhibition - challenging both partners to rethink motion, think differently about mobility, and work together to imagine future cities.

Color Story

Retail design for STORY - a 2000 square foot store located in Manhattan. Founded by Rachel Schectman, it is a retail space that with the mind of a magazine, changes like a gallery and sells things like a store. Every month, STORY is re-designed around a different story-based theme.

Project New York

Five architectural firms were invited to develop new visions for the future of urban life using Manhattan as their muse and testing ground. In partnership with the New Museum, the exhibition took the form of a massive scale model of Manhattan which presented the five future scenarios.

Young Architects Program Review

The exhibition celebrated the legacy of architectural invention fueled by the exuberance of generations of young architects who took part in P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center and The Museum of Modern Art’s Young Architects Program, one of the most acclaimed architectural arenas for emerging talent of the last decade.

People

Troy Conrad Therrien

Originally trained in computer engineering and later in architecture design, history and theory, Troy has worked as an architectural designer, a critic, a research fellow in human computer interaction, and a creative technologist. He is currently an adjunct professor and heads an experimental digital communication group at Columbia University. He holds a MA degree from the Architectural Association and a Master of Architecture from Columbia where he received the American Institute of Architects highest medal and certificate of merit, the Goodman fellowship and a William Kinne traveling prize with Christopher Barley. He has been widely published in print and online, and has designed and curated exhibitions around the world. His research has been supported by the Canadian Council for the Arts, and he currently sits on the board of the Columbia GSAPP Alumni Association.

Christopher P. Barley

Chris studied architecture, anthropology, and psychology at Carnegie Mellon University with a special focus on the role of emotion in creativity and decision making processes. He worked at the Center for Arts in Society and for Dr. Jennifer Lerner’s Emotion and Decision Sciences Lab. He completed with studies with a Master of Architecture degree from Columbia University where upon graduation he received the William Kinne prize for research on Libya’s cultural and natural resources with Troy Conrad Therrien. Christopher has previously worked at OMA*AMO on the Hermitage Master Plan 2014 and Skidmore, Owings & Merill in the Education Lab on projects in the US and abroad.

Clients and Collaborators

Contact

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