plexus r+d is a research and design studio founded in 1999 by:
Jordan Williams and Erik Lewitt
The firm has been recognized consistently through awards, honors and publications. Plexus was published in Architecture Now 3 in 2004,and was selected as one of ten international firms that comprise Architectural Record’s 2002 Design Vanguard. The Georgia AIA selected Plexus as an “emerging voice” in 2001, recognizing the quality and creativity inherent in our work. Since 1999, Plexus has received eight state and local AIA Awards for design excellence. As an emerging studio, we are committed to elevating our expectations, making each new project the most important the firm has engaged.
As a design think tank, we address complex design challenges by focusing on strategic research and innovative problem solving, which lead to strategic and thoughtful intentions. We utilize our exceptional design and visualization skills to produce compelling spatial environments that produce memorable experiences. Our studio is a forum where great minds are assembled for the purpose of creating ideas and projects that embody the challenges of the present while embracing the promise of the future. Our projects are simultaneously about timeliness and endurance. We believe sustainability is a value and not a trend. It is created in the process of instilling a sense of relevance and integrity in the ideas, systems and structures that we generate. Integrity permeates our projects, manifesting itself at the scale of a concept as well as the scale of a detail. We believe that strong design is not a disposable commodity. Rather, it is an indispensible component of a successful project. We are keenly aware of the conventional and always skeptical of cliché. Design should be compelling, exciting, creative, and should have a strong sense of intention and purpose. Our projects capture people’s attention, engage with and inspire them.
Our designs explore intersections between project specific criteria and the systems that define culture and society, creating compelling spatial events that expose the relevance and power of architecture. Our process begins with the assumption that architecture can exceed the limitations of representation and symbolism, thus becoming a fluid and dynamic exploration and presentation of the contemporary world. We engage research as a means of resisting preconceived solutions. Towards this end, our projects draw inspiration from a wide range of issues and concepts that are situated both within and outside of the traditional realm of architectural knowledge. This interdisciplinary approach allows us to explore the cultural significance of design through an investigation of relationships between architecture and other industries such as technology, science, art, fashion, media and entertainment. Consequently, each project is treated as an opportunity to reinforce architecture’s cultural relevance by revealing connections with other disciplines and cultural forces.
Jordan Williams is a principal of plexus r+d. He has 18 years of experience on architecture, interiors and master planning projects of varying types and sizes. Past projects include commercial, educational, institutional, retail, entertainment and residential facilities. Mr. Williams has substantial experience retrofitting existing buildings, creating dynamic new opportunities for outdated or under-utilized structures.
Mr. Williams performed his undergraduate studies at the University of Florida, and received his Master of Architecture degree from Princeton University in 1992. Mr. Williams has taught design studios at the Georgia Institute of Technology, the Boston Architectural Center and Southern Polytechnic State University. While at the Boston Architectural Center, Mr. Williams received an Architectural Education Research Grant to explore design methodology and notions of authorship in architectural design. Mr. Williams also received a Visiting Artists Fellowship to the American Academy in Rome in 1998.
Erik W Lewitt
Erik W Lewitt is a principal of plexus r+d. He has 18 years of experience on architecture, interiors and master planning projects of varying types and sizes. Past projects include commercial, corporate, educational, government, retail and entertainment facilities. Mr. Lewitt has extensive experience working with fortune 500 companies to create dynamic workplace environments that are efficient and inspire their users.
Mr. Lewitt performed his undergraduate studies at the University of Florida, and received his Master of Architecture degree from Princeton University in 1992. Mr. Lewitt has taught design studios at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Southern Polytechnic State University and has served as a guest critic at the Boston Architectural Center.