Architect and artist Albert Vass founded Studio Vass Inc located in Los Angeles, California as a full service creative organization. Throughout his career, Albert has been an integral part of many influential projects across the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
Albert graduated from Miami University in 1992 with a degree in architecture and a minor in art history. He worked at firms in his hometown Cleveland, Ohio while starting to develop his innovative design skills on early computer programs. In 1995 he was nominated for the Chrysler Award by the renowned organic architect and Bruce Goff progeny, Bart Prince. Albert received his Master of Architecture degree from the University of Arizona in 1996 where he taught an innovative form of architectural history focusing on cross-disciplinary synergy. He continued to refine his methods by taking intensive postgraduate painting studios. Solo exhibitions in Cleveland at Gallery Arno and in Tucson at The Alamo gallery introduced his visions to a broad audience.
In 1996 Albert moved to Venice, California. He became an innovative design leader at the Jerde Partnership. During the next decade he designed many intense multi-use projects using innovative 3D design techniques which he pioneered. In 2004 his solo exhibition at the IDA Gallery was complemented by a number of local pioneers and later that year his short film “Rabbits” was released at “the Other Venice Film Festival”.
In 2006 he left his fulfilling 10 year tenure at the Jerde Partnership to start Studio Vass Inc in order to better focus the synergy between his architectural and artistic expression. During this time he continues to develop ground breaking designs for projects and features inspired by both virtual and visceral creative investigations. Avass.com is maintained as a personal creative diary and gallery, and continues to inspire visitors from around the world. Studiovass.com features the innovative design services and architectural projects.
Informed by the interrelationships among disciplines, Albert Vass combines art and technology to design and enhance large profile international projects. Designing in perspective allows him the flexibility to work in all scales simultaneously to originate and refine key design ideas–from concepts to details.
His notable contributions to the built environment include the undulating glass roof crowning the central plaza of Zlote Tarasy in Warsaw, where he used cloth simulators created for the game industry to design the sensuous glass roof structure. The deflectors for the simulation were also incorporated into the project's interior design. His explorations of an interactive media orb forms the centerpiece of the technologically integrated commercial center of Cyberport, Hong Kong’s high-tech community. The egg-like canyon shapes forming Caretta Shiodome, Dentsu’s new headquarters in Tokyo, were created by experimental subtractive operations. The award-winning porte cochere for the Morongo Casino, Resort and Spa was designed with sacred geometries in mind using a rotated torus.
Throughout his career, he has taught designers his techniques of 3d design that serve to break vocational boundaries within the architectural profession. As an Associate Vice President and Senior Project Designer with Jerde, he introduced and integrated 3d printing technologies to the firm in 2005. Using these inventive design, visualization and documentation techniques, Studio Vass helped design and realize Robert Graham’s and Angelica Houston’s artist studio in Venice, CA.
Current projects include conceptual development for cultural centers to full service design and documentation for multi-family housing. With Studio Vass Inc, Albert continues to create effective visionary solutions using innovative digital design methods inspired by visceral artistic explorations.