Alexander Key

RA, LEED AP / Associate, Project Designer

Alex sees the role of an architect as an interpreter, approaching each project with the intent to discover a unique intersection between the client, program, and site. He believes seeking the specifics of this intersection is central to creating original projects and an expressive, vibrant built environment. Representative of this approach is his recent work for Kaleidoscope Coffee. Alex realized the client’s vision of combining a café and performance venue in a single space by framing the bar and performance area with floating panels stretching wall to ceiling to wall, turning the entire 1,500sf shop into an inhabitable kaleidoscope.

His work spans a wide variety of sectors, including single- and multi- family housing, institutional projects including a courthouse and an airport terminal, retail, and mixed-use developments. Prior to joining WRNS Studio, Alex worked for Eckert Eckert Architecten and Atelier Girot in Zurich and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in San Francisco. He studied at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, ETH in Zurich, and earned his Bachelor of Architecture from the Cooper Union.

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