Mork-Ulnes Architects is an international firm with offices in San Francisco, California and Oslo, Norway. We approach projects with both Scandinavian practicality and a Californian can-do spirit of innovation.
Our built work is characterized by both playfulness and restraint—the result of a rigorous and concept-driven process that is informed by an economy of means and materials. Since its founding by Casper Mork-Ulnes in 2005, Mork-Ulnes Architects has built on three continents and worked on projects at a variety of scales, from master plans and mixed-use buildings to ground up residences and 100 square foot cabins. Our current projects include: a master plan for a new community in the California Sierras; a cross-laminated timber home in Oregon; a surf cabin in Brazil; and 100,000 ft2 + mixed-use buildings in both Norway and California.
Mork-Ulnes Architects has been the recipient of numerous national and international honors, including the Architectural League of New York’s 2020 Emerging Voices award and Architectural Record’s 2015 World-wide Design Vanguard award (given to ten practitioners internationally). A recipient of over 10 awards from the American Institute of Architects, the firm has also been widely featured in international publications such as Detail, The New York Times, Wallpaper*, Architectural Record, Domus, Architizer, Dezeen, Abitare, and Dwell Magazine.
Principal, AIA, MNAL
Norwegian born, Casper was raised in Italy, Scotland and the United States, which has brought a broad perspective to his eponymous firm’s work. In 2015, Casper was named one of “California’s finest emerging talents” by the American Institute of Architects California Council. He was selected by the Norwegian National Museum as one of “the most noteworthy young architects in Norway” with the exhibit “Under 40. Young Norwegian Architecture 2013,” and in 2019 was nominated for The European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award. In 2020, he was awarded the Emerging Voices award by The Architectural League of New York.
With over 20 years of design experience, Casper has worked on projects for Google, Airbnb, BMW, the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, universities, property developers, and private residential clients. He has been invited to speak about the firm’s work internationally, including at the Florence Architecture Foundation (Fondazione Architetti Firenze), the University of California Berkeley, and the American Institute of Architects. Casper holds a Master of Science degree in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University, where he received the The Lucille Smyser Lowenfish Memorial Prize, and graduated with distinction with a Bachelor of Architecture from the California College of the Arts.
A 5th generation Californian, Lexie received a Bachelor of Arts in Sculpture and Art History from University of California, Berkeley and attended California College of Arts to study Furniture Design.
Lexie worked as a product, furniture and store designer for two large Global retailers for over 10 years and is now focusing on interior design projects in San Francisco, Oslo, and her childhood playground of Sugar Bowl.
Born and raised in the Bay Area, Colin received his Master of Architecture at UC Berkeley and holds a B.A. in History and English Literature from the University of Chicago. He has worked with several design offices on a variety of projects throughout Northern California.
Bob holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Ohio State University, and a Master of Architecture from Yale University. He has extensive experience in residential design, and has been a key collaborator on a range of project types, including art installations, academic buildings, hotels, and master plans. His interests are rooted in examining the role material expression plays in the performance of architecture as a cultural instrument that is inextricably tied to people and place.
Alex holds a B.A. in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master of Architecture from Princeton University. Prior to joining Mork-Ulnes Architects, she worked for several design offices in both the Bay Area and New York City.
Born and raised in Hawaii, Kaoru holds a B.A. of Environmental Design from the University of Hawaii, and a Master of Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Prior to joining Mork-Ulnes Architects, Kaoru has worked for several design offices in Europe, Japan, and Hawaii.
Born and raised in the Bay Area, Max holds a B.A. in Architecture with High Distinction from California College of the Arts. Prior to joining Mork-Ulnes Architects, Max has worked for several predominant design offices in New York and San Francisco. Max believes strongly in the idea that good design is rooted in a careful approach and an open collaboration between clients, consultants and skilled craftspeople.
Brendan holds a B.S. in Architecture from the University of Cincinnati, and a Master of Architecture from Rice University where he received the William D. Darden Thesis Award. Prior to joining Mork-Ulnes Architects, Brendan worked at a number of architecture offices in San Francisco, Houston, and New York City with experience in residential and institutional project types.
Hanna holds a Master of Architecture from NTNU, Norwegian University of Science and Technology. In her master thesis she studied architecture in symbiotic relation to various landscapes, and further developed an interest in how we experience spaces inside as well as outside. She has prior experience in residential and cultural projects working with offices in Oslo and Trondheim. Her approach is based on her passion for composition, esthetics, materials and nature.
Gregoriy Ladigin, Alicia Hergenroeder, Pete Pham, Phi Van Phan, Kyle Anderson, Matt Moffit, Ines Tazi, Monika Lipinska, Kristina Line, Auste Cijunelyte, Simon Hou-Vangsaae Reseke, Signe Rohlin Madsen, Tom Erdman, Anatoly Starr, Alfonso Lopez, Sergio Sandoval, Sam Spetner, Nick Brown, Anna Molodij, Erling Berg, Ian Ericson