MASQ is a practice that fuses experience, innovation and a commitment to pursue each project with an intelligent and responsive mode of working. We believe in specificity and originality. Our schemes are characteristic of these notions and we do not adopt fixed or preconceived ideas. We are not interested in trends or fashion and do not view projects in formulaic or prescribed ways. We see each project as an opportunity to enhance a particular circumstance, providing a new overlay and reading of place and program.
We have a long standing interest in residential architecture including individual private houses, medium density and urban scale projects. We believe that the places we live in are of paramount importance to our well being and have profound influence upon greater social structures. Much of our effort is invested in producing residential buildings that enhance the built environment and that hopefully can be seen as an exemplary. Our ideological framework is critical in maintaining congruence in the work we produce and the ability to critically assess, rethink and question is pivotal to the success of the practice.
Partners: Ted Quinton/Alan Smuskowitz/Harry Margalit
Quinton Margalit architects was established in 2002 between Ted and Harry after some years of collaboration through their work on the Neville Gruzman biography. The practice evolved to Quinton Margalit Smuskowitz Architects (MASQ) when colleague and friend Alan joined in 2008.
Combined the partners bring a very unique and diverse range of skills experience and knowledge across design, planning and academia; locally and from overseas origins. Currently the practice is run by Ted and Alan, with Harry stepping aside as an active director in 2017. The MASQ brand and identity has become well established and is retained as an enduring mark of a collaborative and inclusive practice philosophy.
Studio Architects: Galina Kousnetzova/Kristina Todik/Fernanda Diaz
We have been lucky that in recent years our studio is fully comprised of women architects who bring an amazing skills set, energy and diversity to the practice. Galina our senior architect has been with MASQ from its inception and maintains a crucial role in design development and documentation, bringing a world of knowledge and experience to bear on each project. In combination Kristina and Fernanda have developed niche positions including interior design and documentation which has allowed the practice to grow and develop in these important areas.
PEOPLE (PAST AND PRESENT):
JORDAN SILVER, MILES DEAN, WILL STEPHENSON, FELIPE TORRES, MIGUEL PAREDES, PAUL DESAILLY, LIN QIAN, KEVIN CAI, BRAD HUANG, FELIPE LUIS, BAO LONG TRAN, GALINA KOUSNETSOVA,GEORGIA BRENNAN, KRISTINA TODIK, FERNANDA DIAZ, ERIK BJELLAND, JUSTIN HOLLY, FANNY BRASCH, ALAN SMUSKOWITZ, HARRY MARGALIT, TED QUINTON, ALEX FORBES