de-spec is an award-winning, internationally recognized multidisciplinary practice, with a focus on the relationship between space and its occupant. By developing new spatial typologies, de-spec aims to produce an expanded ...
de-spec is an award-winning, internationally recognized multidisciplinary practice, with a focus on the relationship between space and its occupant. By developing new spatial typologies, de-spec aims to produce an expanded model of architecture, one that is meant to be experienced both inside and out. The name de-spec is an abbreviation of the term ‘de-speculative,’ which refers to the practice initiated in response to the rising trend of speculative construction, including housing development, in which generic homes are built for an unknown occupant. The act of de-speculating refers to the production of experience through a privileging of specific contents and programs over general design strategies and aesthetic principles.
Located in the heart of the Chelsea Arts District of New York City, de-spec was founded in 2002 by Farnaz Mansuri. The creative studio is comprised of a small team of international architects and designers, and a supporting team of independent freelancers assisting with model-making, 3D rendering and IT services.
de-spec’s approach to working with clients internationally produces exciting and economically feasible solutions. The firm manages both onsite and offsite construction, working closely with contractors and owners, as well as organizing the project’s schedule and budget. By integrating our high design standards with the technical expertise of local construction companies, de-spec is able to provide clients with the highest caliber of design using local, environmentally-friendly construction methods.