commoncraft (n.)

commoncraft is a Brooklyn-based architectural design practice that is defined by an interest in and concern for how everyday spaces are made. We work closely with both builders and clients, materials and fabrication processes, and the material and social contexts in which we design; in other words, we strive to use common architectural means and methods to craft uncommon architectural ends.

Zach Cohen

Zach is an architectural designer, researcher, educator, and co-founder of commoncraft. Zach has gained a wide range of professional experience in architectural practices such as Steven Holl Architects, nARCHITECTS, and Marvel Architects. Zach is actively engaged in digital fabrication research, and was recently a Research Lead at the Self-Assembly Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Zach has also taught architectural design at MIT and the Wentworth Institute of Technology, and is currently the Christos Yessios Visiting Assistant Professor at The Ohio State University. Zach earned a Bachelor of Architecture from Carnegie Mellon University and a Master of Science in Architecture Studies from MIT.

Tony-Saba Shiber, RA

Tony is a licensed architect, designer and co-founder of commoncraft. Tony has gained a wide range of professional experience in architectural practices such as BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group), nARCHITECTS, and hanrahan Meyers architects. Notable projects in his portfolio include the River Ring Master Plan, a 1.3 million sf mixed-use development on the Brooklyn waterfront, the Heights Building, a 180,000 sf, 775-seat secondary school in Arlington, VA, and Carmel Place, New York City’s first modular, micro-housing building. Tony holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Kentucky and a Master of Architecture degree from Cornell University.