Supernormal brings together observations and agendas that we find essential to contemporary design practice but rarely observe in the wild:
Our work is replicable, prototypical, and scalable. We create designs and strategies that can be utilized across a variety of conditions and that also have the capability to sensitively negotiate context by location.
We plan and design for change over time. By embracing rapid changes in culture, technology, and climate as a constant, our goal is to build flexibility into the DNA of our work. We create designs that are locally sensitive but flexible enough to allow for the inevitable change of space as it evolves over time.
We engage new forms of granular urban data that can provide us with quantitative information to reliably track change over time and change over location. Right now, “Smart Cities” efforts are largely led by computer programmers and hardware developers that care a lot about cities. We are designers and planners that care a lot about computers and data.
Elizabeth Christoforetti works broadly across scales as a strategic thinker and an architectural and urban designer.
She received a Master in Architecture with Distinction from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where she received the Henry Adams Medal, the school’s highest academic honor. Elizabeth also studied religion at Bowdoin College in Maine and grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
In addition to her work at Supernormal, Elizabeth served as a researcher in the Social Computing Group at the MIT Media Lab, where her collaborative work on the Big Data for Small Places study recently won a Knight Foundation Prototype Grant.
She currently teaches architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.
Will Cohen works to integrate technology and quantitative analysis into planning and design. Will is an urban planner specializing in the use of mapping and spatial analysis as part of citywide and neighborhood master plans.
He received a Master in Urban Planning from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, studied sociology and English literature at the University of Chicago, and was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mozambique.
Nathan Fash is a registered architect and a registered construction supervisor with over a decade of experience in academic, commercial, residential, and historical contexts.
He holds a Master in Architecture degree with Distinction from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and was awarded the Henry Adams Medal. His background in fine arts led him to a hands-on, detail oriented, and process driven approach to design thinking and making.
Since the fall of 2015, he has been Assistant Professor of Architecture at Roger Williams University, where he teaches courses on construction technology and graduate level design studios. He is a native speaker of Spanish and fluent in Italian, and has worked in Italy, Honduras, and Turkey.
Chris works on a range of design projects, from furniture to planning, with a particular focus on the coordination of project development from site selection and design concepts through delivery, execution, and occupancy. He looks for opportunities in the lifecycle of project development to understand business needs while creating unique user experiences.
He received his Master in Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and his Bachelor of Environmental Design from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Chris has been teaching undergraduate and graduate level classes since 2011, with a particular focus on professional practices issues in architecture and development.
Our clients and partners include established companies and start-ups, real estate developers, cities, foundations, and cultural nonprofits.