Outpost Office

Outpost Office is a design practice based in Columbus, Ohio where principals and co-founders Ashley Bigham and Erik Herrmann teach at the Knowlton School at The Ohio State University. Outpost Office seeks new public audiences through experimental creative production ranging from the serious to the absurd, often simultaneously. Inventive applications of off-the-shelf tools and industrial-grade materials often characterize the practice's work. Their designs propose that architecture can be projective and impactful while at the same time inexpensive, temporal, and open-ended. Particular focuses of Outpost Office include experimental platforms for gathering and speculations in and about the American suburbs. Recent projects include Drawing Fields, a temporary performance space for the Ragdale Foundation; A Long House, a proposal for exurban collective housing; and residential projects for a few private clients. Outpost Office has been named a Next Progressives by Architect Magazine and recognized with numerous design awards. Bigham and Herrmann’s work and writing has appeared in Log, Perspecta, Metropolis, MAS Context, Plat, Clog, and Avery Shorts, among others. The practice’s work has been nationally and internationally exhibited at venues including the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Tallinn Architecture Biennale, Roca London Gallery, Yale School of Architecture, Princeton School of Architecture, Harvard GSD, and The Cooper Union. Co-directors Ashley Bigham and Erik Herrmann each hold a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Tennessee and a Master of Architecture from Yale University. Ashley is a Fulbright Fellow and a MacDowell Fellow. Erik is a German Chancellor Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and a MacDowell Fellow. The work of Outpost Office has received support from several cultural institutions including The Ragdale Foundation, The Cranbrook Art Museum, and the US State Department.
Courtesy of Outpost Office / Julie Rae Powers

Past Works

Drawing Fields 3, 2020

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Drawing Fields 2, 2020

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A Long House Installation, 2021

Courtesy of Outpost Office / Stephen Takacs Photography

A Long House Detail, 2021

Courtesy of Outpost Office / Stephen Takacs Photography