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Ball-Nogues Studio
Benjamin Ball and Gaston Nogues
2016 Miller Prize Finalist

Ball-Nogues Studio

Benjamin Ball and Gaston Nogues lead Ball-Nogues Studio, an integrated design and fabrication practice operating in a territory between architecture, art, and industrial design. Their work is informed by the exploration of craft. Essential to each project is the "design" of the production process itself, with the aim of creating environments that enhance sensation, generate spectacle, and invite physical engagement.

Ball Nogues Studio has received numerous honors. In 2007, the Studio was the winner of the Museum of Modern Art PS1 Young Architects Program Competition with their project Liquid Sky. Most recently, Ball Nogues’ Pulp Pavilion won Architect magazine’s R&D Award in 2015. Described as “a culmination of five years of experiments with material composites using reclaimed paper,” Pulp Pavilion resulted in a structure and gathering space for the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, CA.

Ball and Nogues’ projects have appeared in a variety of publications, most notably the New York Times and Artforum. The Studio has exhibited at major institutions including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and the Guggenheim Museum. Their work has been featured at international festivals like the Venice Biennale and the Beijing Biennale. The Studio is currently working on permanent public commissions for the Chicago Transit Authority, San Diego Airport, and Sound Transit's Bellevue Station.

Benjamin Ball grew up in Colorado and Iowa and received his degree from the Southern California Institute of Architecture. Ball logged stints at Gehry Partners and Shirdel Zago Kipnis and worked as a set and production designer for films (including the Matrix series) as well as music videos and commercials. At Ball Nogues Studio, Ball is exploring the intersection of architecture, art, and product design through physical modeling and the use of digital and more traditional forms of production.

Gaston Nogues was born and raised in Buenos Aires before moving to Los Angeles at age 12. An honors graduate in architecture from SCI-Arc, he moved directly from school into a position at Gehry Partners where he worked in product design and production and became a specialist in creative fabrication. Nogues’ work at Ball Nogues Studio is focused on fabricating what they visualize; on process as it relates to the built object.

Both Ball and Nogues have taught in the graduate architecture programs at SCI-Arc, UCLA, and USC.