He, She & It

Lead DesignerGeorg Rafailidis
Prize(s)Honorable Mention
Entry Description

He, She & It is a collection of three distinct buildings for three different spatial needs, collaged into a single structure. The 1500 sq ft artist studio contains work spaces for a painter, a ceramist/silversmith, and a greenhouse. Each space offers an atmosphere which differs radically from the others

He is a painter. His studio is a white cube. It is exclusively top-lit, offering even and indirect light and maximizing the wall surface area for painting.

She is a ceramist and a silversmith. Her space offers large windows with generous views and dramatic lighting, ranging from dimly-lit areas to very bright desk areas. Her studio is lined with soaped maple, preserving its intense, raw wood smell.

It (they) consists of seedlings in spring and plants in winter – clients with a very simple wish for maximum light and year-round above-freezing temperatures. The polycarbonate shell is translucent, offering an almost-outdoor space.


Georg Rafailidis received his architectural diploma from the University of Applied Sciences in Munich Germany and a Master of Arts from the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, England. Rafailidis was assistant professor at the RWTH University in Aachen Germany and is currently teaching at SUNY USA. He worked for Herzog & de Meuron in Basel and London before setting up the independent practice, Davidson Rafailidis, with his partner Stephanie Davidson in 2009.