Founding Director:
Clark Thenhaus
(P) 303-548-7806
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Endemic Architecture is part of This x That collective.

Current Team
Nate Wesseldyk (2015-2018)

Former Contributors
Maya Annotti (2018)
Rajah Bose (2018)
Sofia Anastasi (2015-2017)
Brian McKinney (2015-2017)
Mitchell Price (2016 - 2017)
Trenton Jewett (2016)
Taylor Metcalf (2016)
Sarah Herlugson (2016)
Gina Bugiada (2016)
Katie Donahue (2011-2013 / 2015)
Nate Oppenheim (2013-2015)
Tyler Smith (2013-2015)
Alexandra Bernetich (2014-2015)
Ryan Doidge (2013-2014)
Samantha Okolita (2014)
Danielle Tellez (2014)
Paul Mitchell (2012)
Adam Steinbach (2012)

Endemic Architecture began sometime around 2010. At that time the primary goals had more to do with making drawings, developing new ideas and rethinking old ones, playing with different techniques, and occasionally putting these forward by designing buildings for competitions. The idea of practice at this time was motivated by a desire to contribute to the conceptual - and often internal - aspects of architecture and things like feasibility studies, side yard setbacks, or contracts and so on meant very little to the production of the early work. Over time, however, the drawings, ideas, and playing began to encounter new opportunties for developing the work, first through publications and exhibitions and then more recently through client commissions for residential and commercial projects. Today Endemic Architecture is a full service design office with a record of work across residential, commercial, landscape, & interior design while remaining deeply committed to contemporary architectural education and the value of disseminating the work across a variety of audiances by participating in exhibitions, publications, and public presentations. Along the way, the office has received a number of awards, including the 2015 Architectural League Prize for Young Architects and Designers and Architect’s Newspaper Best of Design 2017 Award for Best Public Landscape.

As an office committed to both disciplinary and extra-disciplinary concerns, our approach to architecture can be paraphrased by the following:

1. Endemic Architecture seeks to elicit delight and curiosity with a commitment to the social, cultural, and experiential aspects of  architecture by developing techniques around typological manipulation, legibility between parts and wholes, and contextual relationships as an architecture that can be called “almost familiar”.

2. Endemic Architecture prefers pluralism and mixed meanings over fixed messages as a means towards enrolling a wide and inclusive audience. 

3. Endemic Architecture conveys the particularities affiliated with specific contexts and situations to thoughtful architectural responses with a particular emphasis on small-form types (what we call “Darlings”) derived from primitive geometries, such as domes, columns, turrets, chimneys, bay windows, gable roofs, arches, and barrel vaults.

4. Endemic Architecture conveys a commitment to the discipline of architecture and its internal conversations on history, theory, representation, technique, and form.

5. Endemic Architecture engages disciplinary and extra-disciplinary scenarios where architectural work can be meaningfully encountered by a variety of audiences and circumstances.


Endemic Architecture is founded and directed by licensed architect, Clark Thenhaus. Thenhaus is a recipient of numerous awards, including the 2015 Architectural League Prize for Young Architects & Designers, a 2014 MacDowell Art Colony Fellow, and was previously the 2013-2014 Willard A. Oberdick Fellow at the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning. His work has been widely published, including in the Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Project Journal, Thresholds (MIT), POOL (UCLA), and Young Architects 17. Thenhaus is a frequent lecturer and guest critic at architectural institutions in the U.S. and occasionally internationally. Thenhaus is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at the California College of the Arts (CCA) and has previously held teaching appointments at the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning, the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), University of Colorado, and Otis College of Art and Design. Thenhaus earned his Master of Architecture degree from the University of Pennsylvania where he studied as the recipient of the three-year Fideli Fellowship and was awarded the Dales Scholarship, and a Bachelor of Environmental Design from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

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