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Condition - an architectural design studio based in New York focusing on a broad range of scales and typologies of buildings and interiors. Through communication and a minimal approach to form and materials we look to create a place that is specific to each client. We believe that a clarity in the organization of space promotes positive social interaction and experience in everyday life and creates a positive dialog with the world around us. In short we seek to improve your Condition.
Vanessa Kassabian is the Founding Principal of Condition. Born and raised in Texas, she received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Tulane University and a Master of Architecture degree from Pratt Institute. She is a member of the American Institute of Architects and is a LEED Accredited Professional. Prior to Condition, Vanessa was a Director at the Snohetta NY office and Project Architect at OMA/NY.
In addition to practice, Vanessa has served as a Visiting Professor at the School of Visual Arts in New York and recently led a research-based design workshop at the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Environmental Design. Recently, Vanessa was the Spotlight on Design Keynote Lecturer at the National Building Museum in Washington DC, guest lecturer at the Haifa International Waterfront Conference in Haifa, Israel, and has served on the jury of the FIGMENT/ENYA/SEAoNY City of Dreams Pavilion as well as on the juries of the AIA Portland and Seattle Awards Presentations. Additionally, she has been a Studio Critic at Columbia University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Syracuse University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Pratt Institute, and has been a Benefit Committee Member for the last 3 years of the Van Alen Institute.
Justin Shea is a partner at Condition. Justin is a designer, architect, and builder. His aesthetic and technical precision were honed in Rhode Island while working in his fathers glass shop, repairing motorcycles and experimenting with sculpture. Craft and ingenuity remain central to his creative process. He is a licensed architect in the State of New York and received his Masters of Architecture from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Bachelors of Fine Arts from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.
Prior to joining Condition, Justin was a Project Manager at Snøhetta where he led innovative projects throughout North America. Justin’s work has received awards and international recognition in the United States, Canada, England and Japan. He has lectured in the United States and Europe and has been an invited critic at Columbia University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Wentworth Institute of Technology, and the New York Institute of Technology.