Douglas Hecker and Martha Skinner are co-founders of fieldoffice and Assistant Professors at Clemson University School of Architecture. Their interdisciplinary practice encompasses various fields of inquiry and mediums of investigation in work which ranges in scale from the design of handheld toys to the design of urban scale interventions. Their work; their speculative projects, visions, commissions and the work with their students, is an interwoven inquiry which challenges the distinctions between product, architecture, urbanism and art in works that address issues of temporality and urban culture. The work of fieldoffice has been recognized internationally through exhibitions, publications and awards, including four awards from I.D. magazine and inclusion in the 10th Venice Biennale in 2006.
Hecker and Skinner’s work utilize digital visualization and fabrication methods to understand and address the temporal social and environmental issues of our built environment. As the 1999 Walter B. Sanders Fellow at the University of Michigan, Skinner developed Notation A/V, a seminar about the merging of drawing and video as a way to map and read ever changing conditions of our cities. In 2004 Hecker founded cusa.dds, a digital fabrication shop and research facility at Clemson University to explore the rapidly collapsing world of the virtual and physical modes of representation and production. These two areas of research which span analysis/representation to production/fabrication converge in projects which filter, transmit, capture, and celebrate the intangible qualities of the passing of time with solutions that address the social and environmental issues of our built environment.
Hecker and Skinner both studied architecture and graduated with honors from the University of Florida. Skinner also studied at the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at the Cooper Union from where she received the Abraham E. Kazan Fund Prize for Urban Design Studies in 1995. Hecker received the William F. Kinne Fellowship and a Master degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. Prior to teaching and forming fieldoffice, Hecker and Skinner worked in New York City at various offices including Architecture Research Office, Handel Architects, Hariri and Hariri Design, Resolution: 4 Architecture, and Toshiko Mori Architect.