Only If—

is a New York City-based design practice for architecture and urbanism.


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2017.04.18

Shenzhen/Hong Kong: Enclaves, Edges, and Experiments. A presentation by Joshua Bolchover and Jonathan Bach, in conversation with Ou Ning and Adam Frampton. Thursday, April 20, 6:30pm, at Columbia GSAPP.




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2017.03.08

Only If has been named the 2016 Emerging Interior Practice of the Year by the World Interior News. Karolina Czeczek accepted the award at London’s Design Museum. World Interior News.




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2017.03.06

Only If, together with One Architecture, has been selected by the Regional Plan Association and the Rockefeller Foundation to contribute to the Fourth Regional Plan. Our team will develop the vision for the city corridor connecting Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx. We are excited to build upon the work of Catherine Seavitt / CUNY and Guy Nordenson and Paul Lewis / Princeton University, alongside three other winning teams including WORKac, Rafi Segal and DLANDstudio, and PORT + RANGE.
More information via the Architect’s Newspaper. Press release via the Regional Plan Association




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2017.01.29

Adam Frampton will respond on Monday 01/30 6:30pm for the lecture of the London-based, award-winning practice vPPR Architects (Tatiana von Preussen, Catherine Pease and Jessica Reynolds) at Columbia GSAPP. Event Info / Video


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2017.01.05

Read the profile on Only If from PIN-UP Magazine via Architizer: New Power Generation: Only If Utilizes Simple Forms to Make Lasting Statements in Architecture.



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2016.12.15

Voyager Espresso received a Special Mention in the 2016 Architect’s Newspaper 4th Annual Best of Design Awards, Interiors, Retail / Hospitality category.



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2016.12.09

Our website www.only-if.org was updated this past summer and several new projects are up now. Concept and design in-house with Matthew Davis, Midori Hasuike, and Karolina Czeczek.



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2016.12.07

Only If proposed a series of “pools within pools” to revitalize the largest outdoor pool in Europe. The competition entry was awarded a Special Mention.




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2016.12.01

Only If has been shortlisted for the World Interior News Awards 2016 Emerging Interior Practice of the Year.




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2016.11.21

Adam Frampton will present at Storefront for Art and Architecture and join a discussion for Part III: Manifesto Series: The Sharing Movement on Tuesday 11/21/16 at 7pm.

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2016.11.15

Only If is one of “nine New York architecture firms that will shape the future of architecture” in PIN-UP’s NEW POWER GENERATION. ⚡️⚡️⚡️ Portrait by Rachel Chandler and text by Paul Keskeys. Thanks to Felix Burrichter. Check it out in PIN-UP 21 Fall Winter 2016/17.





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2016.10.22

An Office for Three Companies, featured on ArchDaily.


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2016.09.27

Cities Without Ground will be exhibited at the Lisbon Architecture Triennale, The World in Our Eyes, curated by FIG Projects. Opening 5 October.


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2016.07.07

New office portfolio


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2016.07.01

Only If is profiled in Frame 111. (on newsstands today).


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2016.04.08

Voyager Espresso has been selected as a finalist in the 2016 AZ Awards, among 826 entries from 52 countries.


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2016.04.02

Voyager Espresso appears in The New Yorker.


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2016.02.10

The Architect’s Newspaper coverage of Voyager Espresso.


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2015.12.13

Michael Vahrenwald shoots our latest completed project ‪#‎VoyagerEspresso‬.


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2015.10.30

What possibilities and opportunities might emerge from alternative propositions for the ground within urban space? What implications might these instances yield across scales – from the street to domestic interiors – in the quotidian patterns of cities? Adam Frampton at Rensselaer Architecture on 11/21, together with James Ramsey (Principal of raad and the creator of the Lowline).


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2015.09.24

Upcoming lecture in Chicago, 10/01 at 5pm, Archeworks 625 N Kingsbury Street.

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2015.09.22

Only If was invited to participate in a shortlisted competition to design a temporary hub for the upcoming Performa 15 biennial. Our proposal, consisting of a field of X’s, defines a gridded space, a precise frame, and an “interior urbanism” that is intended to instigate new types of performance and relationships between artists, audience, public, and staff. Our full proposal, and other entries, can be seen here. Team: Karolina Czeczek, Frenga Pagliaro, James Schrader, Jon Siani, Yue Zhang.

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2015.08.21

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2015.06.29

Adam Frampton will present Cities Without Ground at Columbia University GSAPP, Tuesday June 30 at 6pm.

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2015.06.29

Work in Progress
Photography by Midori Hasuike

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2015.06.15

Lecture tomorrow at Shenzhen University. More information via Eventbrite.

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2015.05.28

Tonight, Adam Frampton will be a dialogue guest, together with Winka Dubbeldam, at the opening reception of New York – Beijing – New York, responding to Wang Hui (Urbanus), Zhang Ke (ZAO/standardarchitecture), Xu Tiantian (DnA), and Huang Wenjing (OPEN). Thursday May 28, 2015 5:30pm at the Center for Architecture, New York.

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2015.04.21

Adam Frampton will participate in the panel Professors Who Practice tomorrow at Columbia GSAPP.

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2015.04.13

What is the role of Temporary Architecture today? This upcoming Wednesday 04/15 at 7pm, Adam Frampton will participate in Storefront for Art and Architecture’s “Manifesto Series: .TEMP Architecture”

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2015.03.19

Work in Progress
Photography by Midori Hasuike

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2015.01.20

Work in Progress

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2014.10.21

Groundbreaking

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2014.09.28

Interview with Architect Adam Frampton by Jimenez Lai for the Township of Domestic Parts, Taiwan Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale.

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2014.09.24

Participating in THE POST-DEVELOPMENTAL CITY today at Cornell AAP in New York.

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2014.06.07

Cities Without Ground shown at the Venice Biennale in the very impressive “Elements of Architecture” (Escalator Room)

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2014.05.25

In case you missed the Wednesday lecture at Post Office in Rotterdam or Thursday at the Kunsthal in Rotterdam, on Tuesday 05/27 at 12:30pm Jonathan and Adam will speak at TU-Delft on Cities Without Ground.

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2014.05.16

Please join for for Only If’s inaugural lecture at the Rotterdam Post Office, sponsored by DOMAIN OFFICE and the Chair of Complex Projects, TU-Delft. Adam Snow Frampton will present 6 projects produced in the first 6 months of Only If’s practice. “Possible Outcomes” is both a design strategy used in response to uncertainty and a form of self-awareness for a startup practice. Wednedsay, May 28 at 19:00, Post Office, Vijverhofstraat 100, Rotterdam NL.

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2014.05.09

Cities Without Ground will be exhibited at the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam, opening May 29. Jonathan Solomon and Adam Frampton will discuss the book at the Kunsthal Cafe, Rotterdam, Thursday, May 29, 17:00-18:30

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2014.05.08

Instant Modelshop

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2014.04.17

We’re hiring (again), for a position starting in the next few weeks. jobs@only-if.org

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2014.04.13

Strelka Future Urbanism: Interview with Adam Snow Frampton
It’s great to be included in a series that offers different perspectives from many notable intellectuals & practitioners thinking and working on cities of the future. Thanks to James Schrader for the excellent questions!

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2014.04.03

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2014.01.23

Adam Frampton, together with co-author Jonathan D. Solomon, will deliver a lecture on Cities Without Ground at the BSA Space in Boston tomorrow.

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2013.12.22

Midtown Special Economic Zone. A detail from Only If’s exhibit “Cut City” now on view at the Bi-City Biennale in Shenzhen.

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2013.12.18

The Biennale As Urban Catalyst: Jeffrey Johnson On Shenzhen’s Bi-City Biennale Of Architecture And Urbanism (Interview by Adam Frampton via Architizer)

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2013.12.08

“Cut City”, Only If’s unsolicited masterplan for New York City, opened at the Border Warehouse in the Shenzhen biennale this past weekend. Our project imagines New York City with the density and urban conditions of Hong Kong. Big up to the team who put it together: Ryan Peeters, Jon Siani, Hugh Magee and UABB curators, especially Young Zhang, for their support.

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2013.12.01

Headed back to Shenzhen to install Only If’s exhibit in the Border Warehouse and participate in the opening events at the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism \ Architecture… details to follow.

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2013.12.01

Cities Without Ground (with Jonathan D Solomon, Clara Wong) will be exhibited in Rights of Way: Mobility and the City, curated by MILLIGRAM, at BSA Space, 290 Congress Street, Boston, MA. Opening on December 5, 6pm onward. Other contributors include Höweler + Yoon Architecture, NODE Architecture + Urbanism, & Urban-Think Tank.

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2013.11.20

Cities Without Ground (with Jonathan D Solomon, Clara Wong) exhibited at the Centro Cultural São Paulo, X Bienal de Arquitetura de São Paulo, through December 1.

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2013.11.14

Only If is hiring architects and interns. Please send applications (letter of interest / CV / work samples, max 5mb PDF please) to jobs@only-if.org.

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2013.10.12

Up & Running. Only If launch party will be Friday, November 1. Stay tuned for details…

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2013.09.23

Adam Frampton’s collaboration with Arup at OMA on the Taipei Performing Arts Center mentioned in Metropolis magazine.

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2013.09.23

Cities Without Ground (with Jonathan D Solomon, Clara Wong) reviewed in A Daily Dose of Architecture.

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2013.08.07

Only If will be moving to office space at 545 8th Avenue in New York’s Garment District in mid-September.

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2013.07.17

Thanks to all bidders for supporting Storefront and congrats to Marc Kushner for winning Only If’s drawing Behind Storefront.

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2013.06.23

Only If has been commissioned for the drawing Behind Storefront as part of the exhibition POP: Protocols, Obsessions, Positions.

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