Joshua Tree Studio

CompanyBuilt Inc.
Lead DesignerJohn Sofio
ClientJohn Sofio
Prize(s)Honorable Mention
Entry Description

A founder of an LA-based design/build firm possesses a
deep respect for the unique landscape of the Mojave
High-Desert. His desire to work in harmony with the
physical environment is the founding principle of his
Artist Studio Project in Joshua Tree, California.

The south side of Joshua Tree will be home to Sofio’s
Artist Studio Project. Two structures will house global
students of design and building, coming to learn about
New American Design, a movement pioneered by Sofio
seeking to create a partnership between artist and their
physical environment.

The Artist Studio Project will draw on theories developed
during the modernist architectural era of the late 40s
through the early 60s, focusing on small-scale living and
organic modernism that is an integral part of the
physical environment. The structures will use energy
efficient passive heating and cooling systems, and a
limited palette of materials including steel, glass and