What started as a conversation between two geeks over drinks turned into an ongoing obsession about the tools and techniques redefining architecture and its related fields of design. Mode Lab emerged as a byproduct of our own creative endeavors and an intense desire to share the knowledge we had discovered along the way. Hundreds of events and thousands of participants later, Mode Lab is more than just a passion project—it is an adaptable, growing platform revolutionizing the way creatives share and cultivate knowledge.
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Ronnie Parsons is a founding partner of Mode Collective, a multi-disciplinary design studio based in New York City. At Mode, Ronnie leads the design and development of products and environments for institutional as well as private clients. Stemming from his interest in an open-ended and promiscuous approach to design, Ronnie has spent the past four years co-directing over 100 workshops globally. His on-going experience connecting and learning with others continues to be a source of inspiration and a motivating factor behind Mode Lab.
Ronnie received his Master of Architecture from The Ohio State University and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from The University of Texas at Arlington. Ronnie has interlaced numerous studies abroad throughout his education, including The Architectural Association (London), The Institute for Experimental Architecture (Innsbruck), and The University of Applied Arts (Vienna). Since 2007 he has been a faculty member at the Pratt Institute School of Architecture.
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Gil Akos is a founding partner of Mode Collective, a multi-disciplinary design studio based in New York City, where he leads design, research, and curriculum development projects. Gil’s professional work contains a number of built and published projects that range in scale from buildings to products and include significant contribution to the J&J Olympic Pavilion, the Water Planet exhibit in the San Francisco Academy of Arts, and the LARD Furniture Series. His personal interests surround the relationship between simulation and materialization and ways by which this connection can be made tangible.
Gil holds both a Master of Architecture from the University of Kansas and a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at Columbia University. Gil was a member of Studio804 at the University of Kansas, which completed Modular3 – an award winning modular residence sited in the historic Strawberry Hill neighborhood in Kansas City. Since beginning his design studies, Gil has fostered a passion for teaching and has been a faculty member at the Pratt Institute School of Architecture since 2007.