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EOA/Elmslie Osler Architect is an office of ideas and action. The EOA team designs and builds a diverse array of projects in the residential, commercial and community sectors including houses, retail stores, non-profit facilities, galleries, offices, and public spaces. Concepts are generated, crafted and developed for projects of any scale, from apartment renovations to free standing homes to the branding, planning and design of a chain of stores.
Our process is one of collaboration within the office as well as with the client. EOA’s ongoing exploration of materials, depth of design skill and experience of the construction process shapes the space to the ideas, needs and desires of the client. With an emphasis on sustainability and an attention to light EOA creates clean, clear, smart space.
We are currently engaged in implementing the Food Chain, a project conceived of by EOA and realized in collaboration with a Detroit-based non-profit organization. The Food Chain is an urban farming and planning intervention which aims to eradicate hunger in urban areas. Utilizing existing infrastructure wherever possible, the Food Chain includes a series of vertical “food walls” capable of providing the homeless and economically disadvantaged immediate access to fresh fruits and vegetables. Inspired by Frederick Law Olmstead’s Emerald Necklace in Boston, the Food Chain is designed as a green path comprised of a network of vertical farming walls for the growth of produce and kitchen and education hubs that serve as community centers. The pilot project launched in the “Skid Row“ area of Los Angeles in September with the installation of four vertical “food walls”. These walls are growing spinach, lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, onions, strawberries, melons, and a variety of other fruits and vegetables which will rotate through the seasons. EOA is currently working on the design of the kitchen and education center, and efforts are being made to secure funding to bring the Food Chain to several other U.S. cities in the near future.
The founding principal, Robin Elmslie Osler, is a graduate of Yale School of Architecture and a fellow of the American Association of University Women. She is a LEED accredited professional.