XO House Wins Texas Society of Architects 2023 Design Award


We are honored that the XO House won a Texas Society of Architects Design Award this year. See all of the 2023 winners here.

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"Gulf": Matt Johnson and Michael Kubo win the 2021 ACSA/Columbia University Temple Hoyne Buell Course Development Prize


In 2021, Matt Johnson and Michael Kubo won the Buell Course Development Prize for Architecture, Climate Change, and Society for their proposal “Gulf: Architecture, Ecology, and Precarity on the Gulf Coast.” The Prize is jointly awarded by Columbia University'sTemple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA). It calls upon professors from across the country to formulate pedagogy that grapples with these pressing topics. Johnson and Kubo's proposal addresses the impacts of a century and a half of fossil energy and carbon culture upon the fragile landscapes of the American Gulf Coast. It intends to consider possible futures for the region.


LOJO Publishes "Houston Genetic City" with Actar Publishers


Our book Houston Genetic City is a speculation about the ecological future of the fourth largest city in the US. It imagines the unfolding possibilities for the entire Gulf Coast region, beset by pressure from rampant development, global climate change, and rapid economic transformation. Matt Johnson, Jason Logan, and Peter Zweig published Houston Genetic City with Actar Publishers, the culmination of a year long studio project with 23 students and a number of other collaborators—architect Thom Mayne, photographer Alex Maclean, the Aedes Gallery in Berlin.

Purchase a copy here!


Houston Genetic City Exhibit at the Aedes Architecture Forum in Berlin

The UH College of Architecture and Design exhibited the work done as a part of Houston Genetic City at the Aedes Gallery in Berlin. The work was on display for several months in the summer of 2017. It included a symposium and conversation between Thom Mayne, Aaron Betsky, and several others.

Read the Aedes Architectureforum Press Release here.

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LOJO Complete House Renovation in Pineypoint


LOJO completed a gut renovation of an historic ranch house in the Pineypoint neighborhood in Houston.


The Landscape Energy Observatory Project Exhibits at UH

Landscape Energy Observatory was the culmination of design work completed by students for sites in Iceland and Norway. Each project engaged the intersection of architecture, landscape, infrastructure, and energy. Most projects were off-grid, carbon neutral, and site specific. The exhibit was structured around four “geological” monoliths on which student work was mounted. Each monolith contained a hidden condition in its interior, which could only be viewed through fissures at the edges.


LOJO and UH Students Build Fifth Ward Stent

    • 09.01.15
    • LOJO and a group of UH Interior Architecture students reinvent an old shotgun storehouse in Houston's Fifth Ward as an e-library and community center.
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    Perforated House on Cover of Texas Architect

    • 09.25.14
    • LOJO's Perforated House was featured in the September/October 2014 issue of Texas Architect. The piece, written by Houston architect and writer Ben Koush, was in honor of the Perforated House winning a 2014 TxA Design Award.
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    Nested House Featured in Texas Architect

    • 01.25.15
    • Jen Wong's article on our Nested House, "Guest Nest," was featured in the January/February 2015 issue of Texas Architect.

    Extraterritorialized! in Volume #38

    • 04.25.14
    • Matt Johnson's essay "Extraterritorialized! Data Havens, Red Light Districts, Radical Offshoring, and Other Extrastate Enclaves of Globalism" was published in Dutch architecture journal Volume.
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    LOJO Lectures at Texas A&M University College of Architecture

    • 10.06.14
    • On October 6th, 2014 at 6 PM, LOJO will give a public lecture on their recent work and approaches. The lecture is free and open to the public. Preston Geren Lecture Hall, College of Architecture.
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    "Future Animals" Published in CLOG: Sci-Fi

    • 02.15.13
    • Matt Johnson's essay "Future Animals" was published in the Sci-Fi issue of architecture journal CLOG.
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    LOJO Lectures at Stanford University and the California College of the Arts

    • 10.08.13
    • LOJO Partners Matt Johnson and Jason Logan will lecture at CCA and at Stanford University on October 8th and 9th, respectively. Their lecture, titled "Conditioning," considers questions of climate and context in contemporary architecture—and how LOJO's work approaches these issues.
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    "The Milieu Intérieur" Published in MIT Journal Thresholds #42: Human

    • 04.25.14
    • Matt Johnson's piece "The Milieu Intérieur," on the thermodynamics of bodies and buildings, was published in the Spring 2014 issue of the MIT architecture journal Thresholds.
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    "Is Livability Overrated? Notes on a Possible Houstonism" Published in MONU: Magazine on Urbanism #13

    • 02.11.11
    • Notes on a Possible Houstonism. Each year, hundreds of magazines around the world issue their own “most livable city” surveys. These questionnaires attempt to measure urbanism by the vague idea of quality of life.
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    LOJO's Deskscape for UH Architecture Featured in Texas Architect

    • 07.15.15
    • Our reception desk for the University of Houston College of Architecture is featured in the July/August issue of Texas Architect, on Makers.

    Ben Koush writes on three Texas architecture firms engaged in making. "Three up-and-coming Texas architectural practices are showing that bigger isn't always better. Recent projects from Austin-based MF Architecture and Houston firms Metalab and LOJO [along with Cord Bowen] nimbly navigate the hazy areas between interiors, installation art, and furniture." We designed the desk in collaboration with Cord Bowen; it was fabricated out of CNC-milled Corian and reconstituted ebony by Brochsteins Custom Architectural Woodwork.