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Project by IDEA Office on the Cover of Dwell
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A single-family residence in Tokyo designed by SCI-Arc faculty members Eric A. Kahn and Russell N. Thomsen of Idea Office, was featured on the cover and in an 8-page spread in Dwell Magazine's Dec/Jan 2010 issue.

The project team for Y House included SCI-Arc undergraduate students Adrian Ariosa and Rinaldo Perez; alum Masao Yahagi was the firm's associate architect in Japan.

The story quotes IDEA Office founder Russell Thomsen, "Good architecture is not necessarily big architecture," he says. "Smaller buildings, such as this house, can challenge the creativity of an architect in unexpected ways. It takes a shift in cultural understanding about how to do more with less."

IDEA Office (IO) works on design at all scales, ranging from graphic design to installations and industrial design, to architecture and urban planning. The firm (formerly COA, 1986-2009) was launched in 2009 in Los Angeles by Kahn and Thomsen, who are also senior design faculty at SCI-Arc.

On March 10, Kahn and Thomsen will guest lecture at SCI-Arc, part of the school's spring 2010 lecture series lineup.