Through a series of inventive projects in Buffalo, Davidson Rafailidis explores its own distinctive take on adaptive reuse

Through close observation and construction prowess, Stephanie Davidson and Georg Rafailidis elevate renovations into something special. “We’re interested in investigating spatial types not defined by use,” Davidson told AN—meaning not through program. For Rafailidis, that translates into championing values of “spatial character, definition, and specificity.”

The couple met while studying at the Architectural Association in London. Both were influenced by their time in Berlin, where they lived subsequently. Rafailidis studied the socialist-classical facades of Karl-Marx-Allee for a thesis completed under the late Mark Cousins, while Davidson worked under Judith Haase at the boutique studio Gonzalez Haase. In 2010, the couple decamped to Buffalo, New

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