Ennead Architects’ Profile Series was initiated in 2005. Initially self-published, the series is currently printed and distributed by ORO Editions. Each book in the Profile Series is an accessible, comprehensive and intimate portrait of the design and experience of an individual building. The design is interpreted, shared and re-explored for the reader from the perspective of the lead designer. Exploring the relationship between design intentions and their ultimate realization, these books are crafted to appeal to architects, students and architecture buffs.
The title page of each volume carries the project mission: This is one in a series of books, each of which tells the story of a single building. It is our hope that as these books accumulate alongside our body of work, they, in their aggregate, will form a profile of our design intentions. Acting as a “profile” of a building as well as contributing to the “profile” of Ennead Architects, each book employs initial program studies, schematic sketches, early two- and three-dimensional study models, construction shots, final photography and a personal statement by the lead designer to present an intimate, insider’s view of the creative process. A supplementary piece written by a critic, historian or client or a “found” text that relates to the designer’s aspirations or the building’s program, site or function is typically included. The photographic narrative combines the precision and technical virtuosity of classic architectural photography with more lyrical and personal interpretations of the building, its context and the people who use it.
The Profile Series is available for purchase by set at the following links:
- Set 1 (New York Hall of Science; William J. Clinton Presidential Center; Sarah Lawrence College Monika A. and Charles A. Heimbold Jr. Visual Arts Center; Brooklyn Museum Entry Pavilion and Plaza)
- Set 2 (Holland Performing Arts Center; Lycée Français de New York; Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America; The Mercersburg Academy, Burgin Center for the Arts)
- Set 3 (The New York Botanical Garden, Pfizer Plant Research Laboratory; University of Michigan, Biomedical Science Research Building; Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Brooklyn Museum; WGBH Public Broadcasting Station Headquarters)
- Set 4 (Frank Sinatra School of the Arts; The Standard, High Line; The Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law; Newseum / Freedom Forum Foundation World Headquarters)
- Set 5 (Breaking Ground, The Schermerhorn; National Museum of American Jewish History; The Ohio State University, Peter L. and Clara M. Scott Laboratory; Williams College Paresky Center)
- Set 6 (Natural History Museum of Utah;New York City Center Renovation; Stanford Law School, William H. Neukom Building; Westchester Community College, Gateway Center for English as a Second Language)
- Set 7 (Weill Cornell Medicine, Belfer Research Building; Weill Cornell Medicine, Weill Greenberg Center; Stanford University, Bing Concert Hall; Northwell Health, Zucker Hillside Hospital)