Design Philosophy

Nothing good comes from the status quo. Productive collaboration lacks preconceptions. It results in outcomes markedly different than the hermetic visions of its participants. Collaboration must not occur only amongst members of an insular group. To achieve surprising and meaningful ends it must involve other parties and their needs, as well as with the history of ideas and culture.


Group Profile

the work.group is a full service architecture, design, and planning workshop founded in 2001.

the work.group is organized without hierarchy in order to celebrate diverse voices, interests, and perspectives. This fosters work that is shifting and strange though highly specific and case-dependent.

the work.group is ethically conscious of its responsibility to social communities and to the shared experience of built environments. Their work aspires to enrich the imagination and create free spaces that exist outside the rhythms that organize everyday life.

the work.group is non-localized, mobile, and hard-working.

the work.group was recognized by the AIA Atlanta in 2005 as a β€˜New Emerging Voice.’ Their work has been exhibited at the Center for Architecture in New York, the Museum of Design Atlanta (an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution), Southern Polytechnic State University, Whitespace Gallery in Atlanta, GA, and Studio 34 in Philadelphia, PA.


Worker Bios

John H. Trefry (M.Arch, SCI-Arc β€˜01) is a founding principal of the work.group and a licensed architect. Concurrent to his time with the work.group John spent eleven years with Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects, where his experience included managing projects such as the U.S. Courthouse in Austin, Texas, and the master plan for Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village in New York. Trefry has taught at SCI-Arc, Georgia Tech, University of Oregon, and presently at the University of Kansas.

Ashley Moore (M.Arch, SCI-Arc β€˜01) is a founding principal of the work.group. Concurrent to his time with the work.group, Ashley has run PostBaroque graphic studio for twelve years. He previously worked in the architecture offices of Miloby Ideasystem and Office of Mobile Design, as well as Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects. Moore has taught at SCI-Arc, Woodbury University, and Parsons New School for Design.