photo credit: Steph Larsen
Anda French, AIA, NCARB received a B.A. in Architecture from Barnard College, Columbia University and a Master of Architecture from Princeton University.. She serves on the Board of the Boston Society of Architects (Director-at-Large) and is currently working on the BSA's Now Practice Now Series.
Anda’s teaching and design research has been funded by an Imagining America Grant for Artists and Scholars in Public Life as well as Syracuse Faculty Works Grants. A discussion piece on her work with 601 Tully: Center for Engaged Art and Research with artist Marion Wilson was recently published in the RISD IntAR Journal. Anda previously worked at William Rawn, Assoc. and RMJM Hillier.
Anda has taught at Syracuse University, the New Jersey Institute of Technology and in the Barnard + Columbia Undergraduate Architecture Program. She is a registered Architect in Massachusetts, and is NCARB Certified.
Jenny French received a B.A. in Art History and Studio Art from Dartmouth College, and a Master of Architecture from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. She is a recipient of Harvard's Julia A. Appleton Traveling Fellowship and has been a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome. Jenny is currently a Design Critic in Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, and is the Coordinating Faculty in Architecture for the Harvard GSD Design Discovery Program (2017-2018)
Jenny's design research on site visits to unbuilt architecture has been exhibited at the Harvard GSD and is included in the Cornell Journal of Architecture, Issue 10: Spirits.
Jenny has taught at Northeastern University, Tufts University, the Boston Architectural College, and served as a thesis advisor at RISD. French previously worked at Bergmeyer Associates and SHoP Architects, where she co-edited the firm’s monograph Out of Practice.
Jenny French and Anda French are principals of French 2D, PLLC, an architecture studio based in Boston. French 2D’s work combines formal exploration, experimental collaborative methods, and applied research in commercial, residential, and civic projects.
We work on housing and mixed-use with a focus on strange housing types that combine familiar ideas of home with more radical organizations and typologies (see our current cohousing project in greater Boston and our microhousing project recently completed in Boston).
We work on civic installations and exhibitions or sets in the city that bring people together for familiar rituals in unfamiliar spaces (see our experimental serial dinner-party and our fuzzy bartering environment).
Our interest in the hybrid models that exist between practice and academia has been the catalyst for our current involvement in a series of BSA workshops and a symposium we are organizing along with a small group of practitioners and academics, entitled Now Practice Now
French 2D was one of five finalists in the 2013 MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program and was featured as Architect Magazine's October 2017 Next Progressives, and was invited to create an installation on Boston City Hall Plaza for HUBweek 2017
French 2D’s work has been published in Architect Magazine, Arch Daily, Architectural Record, RISD inTAR Journal, The Cornell Journal of Architecture, and The New Museum’s New City Reader. Their work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, Syracuse University School of Architecture, the Boston Society of Architects Space, the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and the US Pavilion of the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale and at Boston's HUBweek 2017.