Faculty portfolios

  • New Academic building for Cooper Union, NY, by Morphosis Architects. Photo credit: Roland Halbe.
    New Academic building for Cooper Union, NY, by Morphosis Architects. Photo credit: Roland Halbe.
  • Hylomorphic Project, MAK Center for Art & Architecture, West Hollywood, CA by OSA with Kristina Shea. Photo: Joshua White.
    Hylomorphic Project, MAK Center for Art & Architecture, West Hollywood, CA by OSA with Kristina Shea. Photo: Joshua White.
  • Hypo Alpe-Adria Bank, Udine, Italy, by Morphosis Architects. Photo credit: Roland Halbe.
    Hypo Alpe-Adria Bank, Udine, Italy, by Morphosis Architects. Photo credit: Roland Halbe.
  • n-Natures, Rhode Island School of Design, by OSA with JBohn Associates and Dr. Edward Mosteig. Photo credit: Kevin Deabler.
    n-Natures, Rhode Island School of Design, by OSA with JBohn Associates and Dr. Edward Mosteig. Photo credit: Kevin Deabler.
  • Phare Tower, La Defense, France, by Morphosis Architects. Image courtesy of Morphosis Architects.
    Phare Tower, La Defense, France, by Morphosis Architects. Image courtesy of Morphosis Architects.
  • Evolutive Means exhibit for ACADIA2010, Pratt Institute, by OSA with John Carpenter, Michael Su, Axel Schmitzberger. Photo: OSA.
    Evolutive Means exhibit for ACADIA2010, Pratt Institute, by OSA with John Carpenter, Michael Su, Axel Schmitzberger. Photo: OSA.

Chandler Ahrens

Assistant Professor

Phone: 
314-935-6200
Campus Box 1079
Biography 

MArch, University of California Los Angeles; BArch, Savannah College of Art and Design

 

Chandler Ahrens is a co-founder and director of the Los Angeles office of Open Source Architecture (OSA). The international research and design architectural practice has designed commercial and residential projects in addition to designing, fabricating, and mounting several complex installations including The Hylomorphic Project at the MAK Center for Art and Architecture in Los Angeles, n-Natures at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), and Evolutive Means at Pratt Institute in New York. Ahrens' work with OSA has been extensively published internationally, and he has lectured at various academic institutions, including University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), University of Southern California (USC), Cal Poly Pomona, RISD, University of Tel Aviv (Israel), and Tecnologico de Monterrey (Mexico).

Ahrens has worked for several large international architectural firms, including nine years as a lead designer at the Pritzker Prize-winning office of Morphosis Architects, where he was responsible for notable buildings such as the New Academic Building at Cooper Union in New York; Hypo-Alpe-Adria Bank in Udine, Italy; and Caltrans Headquarters in Los Angeles. Other projects include Emerson College in Los Angeles (currently under construction) and Phare Tower in Paris (soon to begin construction). In addition, Ahrens worked on design proposals for the new United States Embassy in London, Columbia University Medical Center, New Doha International Airport City, Vienna University of Economics Library and Learning Center, Sanya Hotel in China, SOHO China mixed-use development, Broad Art Foundation museum, Greenwich South Visioning master plan, Rutgers University master plan, Pudong Cultural Park, Taichung Opera House, Javits Convention Center addition, and the ENI Headquarters in Milan.

Ahrens served as an assistant professor at Woodbury University in Los Angeles in 2011-2012. He earned an MArch from UCLA in 2002 and a BArch from Savannah College of Art and Design with a minor in electronic design (digital design technologies) in 1995.