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.
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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.
Born in the Ukraine, Greg holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the California College of Arts. He joined the firm right after its founding in 2005. Greg has managed some of the office’s key projects in California, where he is a licensed architect.
Greg has a keen interest and deep knowledge of sustainable construction and design. While he believes that new technology is important in sustainable design, Greg follows the mantra that “the most sustainable square foot is the one that you do not build.”
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.
Alicia holds a Master of Architecture from Rice University and a B.S. in Architectural Studies from the University of Southern California. She has led projects ranging in scale from custom-machined fasteners to university campuses. Her long-term design research on the relationship between the two-dimensional architectural composition and its perceptual impact as built artifact has guided her across the United States, South America and Europe to study various approaches to form-making in architecture and urbanism.
Erling received his Bachelor of Architecture from the Oslo School of Architecture & Design before earning his Master of Architecture at Academy of Art University in San Francisco. He has worked as designer of several residential projects and cabins in Norway and the US, and works for Mork Ulnes Architects in both San Francisco and Oslo offices.
Will was born and raised in Los Angeles. He earned a B.A. in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley where he was awarded the Eisner Prize in Architecture. Prior to joining Mork-Ulnes Architects, Will worked in a number of architecture offices around California.
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.
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