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Creating Happy Relationships Between People + Buildings + Environments

1+1+ Architects (1 + 1 + you) is a full-service, licensed architecture practice designing new and reused residential, adaptive reuse, cultural, commercial, and urban design projects from Detroit to Los Angeles. We approach every project as the sum of its parts, and believe in thoughtful design that is grounded in the specific needs, resources, and contexts of the communities and clients we collaborate with. We find form in grassroots efforts, material systems innovation and natural ecosystems, creating beautiful designs that engage the urgent challenges shaping our built environment today — housing, land use, and climate change.

Reusing Before Demolishing + Fostering Relationships of Care Over Extraction

1+1+ current projects include the adaptive reuse of a former commercial building into residences, an off-the-grid community kitchen and geodesic grow dome, an artist studio and residence that rethinks residential zoning in Los Angeles, and an outdoor classroom that mills fallen trees for use as the building’s structure. Recently completed projects include a flexible pavilion for Coriander Kitchen and Farms in Detroit and Sozai, a sustainable sushi restaurant in Clawson.

1+1+ received an honorary award for their contribution to Low Rise: Housing Ideas for Los Angeles , promoting innovative models of living together through rethinking zoning. 1+1+ curated the Detroit Month of Design exhibition Living Structures and researched and wrote Stewardship as Ownership , an essay that documents the various ways Detroit residents are using land across the city.

1+1+ is a founding partner of the Detroit Reuse Collective, a workshop-incubator supporting the relationships between people + material reuse.

1+1+ is an open-ended equation inviting opportunities big and small. Let’s design a better future together!

Current and Past Clients

Coriander Kitchen & Farm

Dreamtroit + Recycle Here!

Sozai Sushi

Peace Tree Parks

555 Arts

Henry Ford Hospital System

Yi Kai, Artist

Adaptive Construction  + Clyde Realty



1+1+ collaborates with award-winning talent, ensuring that every project receives the attention and expertise it demands.


HD Structural, Structural Engineer

Systems Solutions Engineering, MEP

Redensify Engineering, Structural Engineer,

Other-Fields, Landscape Designer

Tahir Karmali, Artist

Cyrus Peñarroyo, Extents

Sarah Peterson, Landscape Designer

Matthew Crilley, Architectural Designer