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t (sf) : (three-oh-one) 455-3940

t (la) : (seven-oh-three) 400-0306

oakland office

1729 telegraph ave

third floor

oakland, ca 94612


923 East 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013

photo credit

lauren corden : @lcor

Progressive architecture is preceded by progressive practice!

We believe that architecture adopts the aesthetic of the dominant political and economic structures it finds itself within, and in response to this we have created a platform, uxo architects, for labor to create responsible, beautiful, expressive, and collaborative design for all projects. Space is designed through labor — drawing, crafting, and modeling. We believe that buildings cannot be dictated from the top down, but that they must take shape from the bottom up. In the same way, we believe that cooperative practice is necessary to build an architecture for an alternative future. 

uxo architects is organized as a worker-owned California corporation that operates on a cooperative basis. This structure means that creative and organizational decisions in the office are made by democratic consensus — including decisions about hours, wages, allocation of profits, and benefits. The democratic process within the cooperative model allows us to individually retain control of our labor and ensure it remains creatively directed towards design at every step. Worker-owners are involved in the full architectural process, from design to management, so everyone — clients included — collaborates in all phases of architecture.


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