Atelier et Alia is an agile design firm that works across many scales and sectors. Founded by Kristen Giannattasio and Christina Marsh, we combine our experience of executing technically complex and programmatically challenging buildings such as libraries, laboratories, museums, and student centers with the dexterity to take on smaller scale projects easily.
At et Alia we strongly believe that the best design solutions are products of great collaborations, so much so that the firm name was carefully chosen as a reflection of this sentiment. “Et Alia”, meaning “and others”, is a perpetual reminder that architecture and design is about the relationships forged to make the work possible, the investment of many different talents, and the people and communities whose lives are touched by the work. Successful architectural projects synthesize across a broad set of stakeholders and requirements, and we are deeply invested in bringing these diverse needs together into a cohesive project both through formal planning exercises and an overall transparent process.
For our team, design is rethinking challenges to discover simple, economical solutions that create unique environments. We embrace the inherent constraints in all projects as they inspire innovation. Drawing from diverse experiences in architecture, engineering, construction, and teaching, we look at every design problem with fresh eyes. Our approach to each project relies upon an investigative technique. We ask a multitude of questions, we invest in research, and we listen closely. At et Alia innovation is a mindset, a way of approaching the world, and we bring this technique of inquiry to all of our work.