The LADG (thuh loss-ANN-ju-less duh-ZINE groop) designs new buildings for new kinds of families, gatherings, and uses. Like our namesake city, we take seriously the casual, the physical, and the ad hoc. For us, these are appealing qualities but also signs of intelligent strategy: buildings can engage with the scene alongside people in ways that are open, direct, and comprehensible. This is the kind of work we do. It makes familiar-seeming things new again so audiences can re-think what they expect from their buildings and cities. The projects may originate in LA, but the ideas apply everywhere.
Founded in 2004 by co-principals Claus Benjamin Freyinger and Andrew Holder, the firm has offices in Venice, CA and Cambridge, MA. We work at all scales, from furniture to multi-unit buildings, and have completed projects in California, Colorado, Hawaii, Minnesota, New York, Oregon, and the United Kingdom. We’ve received a number of awards, including 2017 and 2018 Progressive Architecture Awards, the 2014 League Prize from the Architectural League of New York, and multiple citations from the Los Angeles Chapter of the AIA.
Benjamin Freyinger is co-principal of The LADG, an award-winning architectural practice based in Los Angeles, and a lecturer at the UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design. He is a frequent guest critic at institutions across the United States. His built work and architectural proposals focus on how buildings can become active participants in the built environment almost akin to human subjects, and the relationship of academic research to architectural practice. Recent projects include a series of five houses in Los Angeles, a retreat in rural Maine, a compound in the Mount Washington suburbs of Los Angeles, and an exhibition design for the Resnick Pavilion at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Benjamin has received a number of recognitions, including two P/A awards, the League Prize from the Architectural League of New York, and multiple citations from the Los Angeles chapter of the AIA.
Andrew Holder is co-Principal of the The LADG and Associate Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. His research and design interests include the late Baroque architecture of 18th century Germany, the English picturesque, and the construction of architecture as an inanimate subject. Andrew’s recent work has been published in Young Architects 16, a+t, Log, Pidgin, Project, and RM 1000. He is a frequent lecturer and guest critic at institutions across the United States and has held teaching appointments at the University of Michigan, the University of Queensland, UCLA, SCI-Arc, and Otis College of Art and Design. Andrew is a Harry S. Truman Scholar, an Oberdick Fellow at the University of Michigan, and a Robert B. Pamplin Jr. Fellow at Lewis and Clark College. He received an M. Arch with distinction from UCLA and a B.A. in Political Science from Lewis and Clark College.