Centerbrook Architects Lecture Series Welcomes Architects Taryn Christoff and Martin Finio of Christoff : Finio in New York

February 11, 2015

christofffinio3Friday, February 27 at 7 p.m. at the Essex Town Hall

The Essex Library is honored to continue offering some of the best programming in Connecticut. We are grateful to Centerbrook Architects for sponsoring this lecture series. Please call the Library to reserve your seat. The lecture is free and open to the public.

The Christoff : Finio Partners will look at several projects through a domestic lens – from a new house, to a former townhouse converted to offices, to a new urban school that uses a domestic scale to relate to ts context. Upon selecting them for a 2014 Arts and Letters Award, the American Academy of Arts and Letters said of Christoff : Finio: “Their work is characterized by a quiet intelligence that manifests itself in spaces that are both beautiful and humane. There is a balance between the exquisite control of their finely tuned details and the whoop of joy that comes when one discovers their subtle inventions. It is like watching a prima ballerina – all is in equilibrium and then she…leaps.”

christofffinioTaryn Christoff received her undergraduate degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1984, where she drew her strength and inspiration from the design legacy of Mies van der Rohe. Working with her husband Martin Finio since 1999, Christoff has led design and consultant teams to construct corporate and commercial interiors, institutional projects and new residential projects. Her experience includes retail design for Steven Alan and Calypso, headquarter design for the Heckscher Foundation and Todd Hase, and several residences located in urban and natural environments.  She has been a practicing New York Architect since 1992.

Martin Finio is a 1988 graduate of the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at the Cooper Union. A registered New York Architect since 1993, Finio spent nearly a decade at the office of Tod Williams and Billie Tsien. His experience there included the Cranbrook Natatorium, the Neurosciences Institute in La Jolla, and the Hunter Science Center at the Emma Willard School. Since 1999, he has been partnered with his wife Taryn Christoff and taught both design and studio courses at Yale University, where he teaches and tests a design philosophy rooted in the integration of building performance and spatial clarity. He has been recognized by Esquire magazine as “one of America’s most promising young architects.”