A couple of years ago, we were drooling over this eco-friendly cabin nestled in a forest in the Catskills, which left us curious as to who was behind it. That person is Drew Lang, founding principal of New York City-based , a firm rooted in innovative approaches to architecture and sustainability. After graduating from Middlebury College, he earned his Master of Architecture degree from Yale University, before launching his studio in 2003. Besides practicing in New York, the New Orleans-born Lang is also a licensed architect in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Louisiana, where he founded a non-profit called the , an organization dedicated to revitalizing New Orleans’ St. Rochelle neighborhood, which was hit hard by Hurricane Katrina. His work has been featured on The Today Show, MSNBC, Dwell Magazine, Interior Design, The Architects Newspaper, Metropolitan Home, Domus Magazine, and New Orleans Magazine. Lang shares some of his favorite things in this week’s Friday Five, including the kicks you’ll always see on his feet. Take a look.
1. Live Oak Trees
These majestic trees were ubiquitous during my childhood years in New Orleans, and formative in the way I view architecture within the context of cities and nature.
2. Villa Mairea by Alvar Aalto
This is my favorite house in the world that is endlessly inspirational for me.
3. Design Magazines
I love design magazines.
I love the excitement I feel when they arrive in the mail.
I value their presence as inspiration and learning references in the studio over time.
4. Andy Goldsworthy
His sculptures are perfect, provocative, poetic and timeless.
They inspire and challenge my approach to architecture.
5. New Balance 574
I wear these shoes every day.
They are the most comfortable shoe I can find.
Simple, neutral and sufficiently inoffensive.
I love that I don’t have to think about what shoes to put on in the morning.