French 2D

French 2D

French 2D is an award-winning architecture studio based in Boston and is deeply engaged with local issues of collectivity, housing, public space, history, and identity. Co-founded by sisters Anda French and Jenny French, French 2D’s work combines formal exploration, experimental collaborative methods, and applied research in commercial, residential, and civic projects.

We work on housing and mixed-use projects with a focus on strange housing types that combine familiar ideas of home with more radical organizations and typologies (see our current cohousing project in greater Boston and our microhousing project recently completed in Boston). We work on civic installations and exhibitions (or sets in the city) that bring people together for familiar rituals in unfamiliar spaces (see our experimental serial dinner-party and our fuzzy bartering environment). Our interest in the hybrid models that exist between practice and academia has been the catalyst for our current involvement in a series of BSA workshops and a symposium we are organizing along with a small group of practitioners and academics, entitled Now Practice Now.

A deep engagement with collectivity, housing, and public space.

French 2D received a 2020 P/A (Progressive Architecture) Award from Architect Magazine, and was named an Architectural Record Magazine Design Vanugard winner in 2019. The firm was featured as Architect Magazine's October 2017 Next Progressives, and invited to create an installation on Boston City Hall Plaza for HUBweek 2017. French 2D was one of five finalists in the 2013 MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program.

French 2D’s work has been published in Architect Magazine, Domus, Architect’s Newspaper, Architectural Record, RISD inTAR Journal, The Cornell Journal of Architecture, and The New Museum’s New City Reader. The firm has been featured on Madame Architect, on Archinect, and in Architect Magazine. Their work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, Syracuse University School of Architecture, the Boston Society of Architects Space, the Harvard Graduate School of Design, the US Pavilion of the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale, and at Boston's HUBweek.