James Biber: Identity Crisis

AAP NYC Spring 2012 Lecture Series

James Biber (B.Arch.) is principal of Biber Architects, which has created projects ranging from private oceanfront residences in the Hamptons to a museum for the iconic Harley-Davidson motorcycle company. Filling in this spectrum of projects are restaurants, showrooms, retail stores, schools, exhibitions, streetscapes, and urban design projects spanning the U.S. market. Current clients and projects include the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT; the Fashion Center BID, New York City; a net-zero house in Dutchess County, New York, and the waiting rooms for the New York City Department of Probation.

Biber has practiced architecture in a multi-disciplinary environment for more than 25 years. First studying to be a biologist, then an architect, he surrounded himself with a variety of thinkers from different design disciplines to expand the notion of architecture. His work centers on a belief that architecture, as an expression of identity, is inseparable from its language of form and tectonics. The result is an architecture tied closely to its context; whether physical, cultural, or metaphorical.