About

Ball-Nogues Studio is an integrated design and fabrication practice operating in a territory between architecture, art, and industrial design, led by Benjamin Ball and Gaston Nogues.  Their work is informed by the exploration of craft. Essential to each project is the "design" of the production process itself, with the aim of creating environments that enhance sensation, generate spectacle and invite physical engagement. 

 

The Studio has exhibited at major institutions, including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Guggenheim Museum; PS1; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Venice Biennale; the Hong Kong | Shenzhen Biennale; and the Beijing Biennale. They have received numerous honors including three American Institute of Architects Design Awards, United States Artists Target Fellowships and a grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. In 2007, the Studio was the winner of the Museum of Modern Art PS1 Young Architects Program Competition and recently, their work became part of the permanent collections of both MoMA and LACMA.  In 2011, they were one of the Architectural League of New York’s Emerging Voices. Benjamin and Gaston have taught in the graduate architecture programs at SCI-Arc, UCLA, and USC. Their work has appeared in a variety of publications including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, Architectural Record, Artforum, Icon, Log, Architectural Digest, Mark and Sculpture.

 

The Studio is currently working on permanent public commissions for the City of El Paso, Portland State University, Central Washington University, and the VA Palo Alto Aquatic Center.

 

SELECTED AWARDS AND HONORS

2012

 

2011

2010

 

2009

 

Ball-Nogues is part of the permanent collection at Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Table Cloth and Cradle Honored by Americans for the Arts Public Art Year in Review

Selected for the Emerging Voices Lecture Series by the Architectural League of New York

Interior Design Magazine Best of Year Awards Finalist - Built to Wear, Table Cloth

Los Angeles AIA Design Award, Merit – Table Cloth

Shenzhen Hong Kong Biennale, Innovation Award, Built to Wear

 

UCLA Arts Initiative Grant

2008

Graham Foundation Exhibition Grant, Life Cycle Design in Temporary Spatial Installation through Cross Manufacturing.

California Home and Design Magazine, 10 to Watch

2007

United States Artists Target Fellowship

Interior Design Magazine Best of Year Award - Rip Curl Canyon

 

Otis College of Art and Design, O Award and Grant

 

Museum of Modern Art  P.S.1., Young Architects Program – Winner

 

Los Angeles AIA Design Award, Citation – Rip Curl Canyon

2006

Durfee Foundation, Artist’s Resource for Completion Grant

 

Los Angeles AIA Design Award, Honor Award – Maximilian’s Schell Installation

LA Architect Magazine, 10 to Watch

I.D. Magazine Annual Design Review, Best of Category: Environments - Maximilian's Schell