We founded Slade Architecture in 2002, seeking to focus on architecture and design across different scales and program types. Our design approach is unique for each project but framed by a continued exploration of primary architectural concerns.
As architects and designers, we operate with intrinsic architectural interests: the relationship between the body and space, movement, scale, time, perception, materiality and its intersection with form. These form the basis of our continued architectural exploration.
Layered on this foundation, is an inventive investigation of the specific project context. Our broad definition of the project context considers any conditions affecting a specific project: program, sustainability, budget, operation, culture, site, technology, image/branding, etc.
Working at the intersection of these considerations, we create designs that are simultaneously functional and innovative.
We have completed a diverse range of international and domestic projects and our work has been recognized internationally with over 200 publications, exhibits and awards. In 2010 alone, we were recognized with an Award for Design Excellence in Public Architecture by the New York City Public Design Commission, a national AIA Small Project Award, a Best of the Year Awards from Interior Design Magazine, and multiple multiple Store-of-the-Year awards. Slade Architecture was also one of the Architectural League of New York’s “2010 Emerging Voices”.
Our work has been exhibited in the Venice Biennale, the National Building Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, The German Architecture Museum and many other galleries and institutions in Europe, Asia and the United States.
The awards, publications and exhibits are a welcome recognition. However, we strive to create work that speaks for itself.
Hayes Slade & James Slade
HAYES SLADE, AIA
In 2002, Hayes co-founded Slade Architecture. She is a licensed architect in New York. In 2010, Hayes was selected by the Architectural League of New York for their Emerging Voices program and served as a juror for the program the following year. Hayes has also served on a variety of other design juries including AIA awards NJ Chapter and Electrolux Design Lab. In addition to the work at her practise, Hayes is teaching a Visiting Critic Studio at the Syracuse School of Architecture for graduate and undergraduate architecture students.
Hayes brings an unusual, multi-faceted background to her design work. She has a Bachelor of Science and Master of Engineering degrees in civil/structural engineering from Cornell University as well as a Master of Business Administration degree from the Wharton School of Business. Prior to Slade Architecture, Hayes worked at Arup in London and NYC, and Skidmore, Owings and Merrill in NYC as well as Boston Consulting Group.
Hayes' design approach is informed by her experiences living and working in London and Rome as well as her time with other related endeavors: structural engineering, web-design/branding, jewelry design and strategy consulting. Hayes is also a dedicated mother of four.
JAMES SLADE, AIA, LEED-AP
James has a Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University and a Masters
of Architecture from Columbia University where he was awarded an Honor
Award for Excellence in Design upon graduation. In 2002, he co-founded Slade Architecture. James was also recognized by the Architectural League of New York in the Young Architect’s Program early in his career and selected by them again in 2010 for their Emerging Voices program. James is a licensed architect in New York, New Jersey, Florida, Missouri, and Pennsylvania as well as a LEED-AP.
In addition to his work at Slade Architecture, James currently teaches a graduate level architecture studio at Parsons School of Design and has taught in the past at Barnard/Columbia University, Pratt Institute, Florida International University and Philadelphia University. Before Slade Architecture, James was a partner in Cho Slade Architecture.
James has an expansive design perspective colored in part by his Colombian heritage and significant periods living abroad in London, Sao Paolo, Bogota, and Rome. In addition to all of this, James is a devoted father of four.