Office of Luke Bulman

220 36th Street – No. 527
Brooklyn, New York 11232 United States

We're interested in the overlap of architecture and graphic design, the former as it functions as a frame of general and specific reference, and the latter as a mode of operating. Our work is a reflection of these interests and forms the basis for our collaborations, often working on the development of content and message simultaneously. Increasingly, we are involved in projects that have a greater public dimension and we anticipate that our work will involve graphic design not just about architecture, but in it as well, through projects that involve a closer bond between graphics and space.

The office works on public and private projects, most often in the areas of architecture, art, design, and culture with a special interest and experience in working on projects from initial conception, formation, all the way through material delivery. This degree of coordination between our collaborators and suppliers gives us the ability to align the project from beginning to end with its content, message, material, and manufacture.

Most of all, this design practice is dedicated to finding ways to link subjects with objects.

We match the medium to the project to address its communication needs. A project's desired outcome asks for specific models of public engagement, mobility, changeability, ubiquity, collaboration, accessability. The primary mechanism (technology, after all, is the sum total of tools we use from language, to inclined planes, to transistors) to find form and enable ideas is the book — it is a tool for both thinking and communicating. The book is a disciplinary mechanism well-suited to organize, compile, distill, edit, refine, propose, critique, promote, project, materialize, sequence, pin down, alter, pair, juxtapose, justify, scale, measure ideas and their outcomes.

We are grateful to work with many people and organizations to create the work. Here is a partial list of publishers, educational and cultural institutions, individuals, and group practices we have worked with:

Princeton University Press, Columbia Books on Architecture and the City, Yale University Press, Lars Mueller Publishers, Rizzoli International, Architecture Research + Design, ACTAR, Routledge, MIT Press, Birkhauser, Wired Magazine, Princeton Architectural Press, Metropolis Magazine.

Educational Institutions
University of Minnesota School of Architecture, University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, University at Buffalo School of Architecture, Haverford College, Princeton School of Architecture, Rice School of Architecture, Syracuse School of Architecture, Bond University Abedian School of Architecture, Institute for Public Knowledge at NYU, University of Pennsyvania School of Design, Stanford University

Cultural Institutions
Whitney Museum of American Art, ICA Philadelphia, Museum of the City of New York, The Center for Architecture—New York, Marfa Ballroom, Austrian Cultural Institute, The Architectural League of New York, The Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture, Atopia Projects, Studio X, Carnegie Mellon Studio for Creative Inquiry, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, International Center for Photography, The Menil Collection, Metropolis Magazine, The Museum of American Finance

Practices and Individuals
Boston Valley Terrra Cotta, vonDalwig, Arch11, Interloop, HouMinn, Bracket, New Geographies, PEG, Jonathan VanDyke, Ryan McGinness, DESIGN EARTH, Interboro Partners, Sara Jordeno, Ana Miljacki, Marble Fairbanks, Polly Apfelbaum, Stan Allen Architects, Standpunkte

Luke Bulman received a master of architecture degree at Rice School of Architecture, at the time a school deeply dedicated to the book as an instrument of architectural thinking. He was influenced by his early studies and later collaborations with Lars Lerup, Mary Ann Ray, Robert Mangurian, Sanford Kwinter, and especially Bruce Mau, whose work remains a constant point of reference.

The practice under the moniker Thumb had two partners, Kimberly Shoemake-Medlock (1998–2002) and Jessica Young (2007–13.) Their inscriptions are legible in the work.

Collaborators, 2007–present
Carolyn Thomas
Roisin McNulty
Camille Sacha Salvador
Jonathan Baptistella
Zoe Bortz
Celine Gordon
Shoko Tagaya
Grace Robinson-Leo
Jenna Kaminsky
Suzanne Stroeb

2018 DAM Book Award Short List: Plaster Monuments
2017 AUP Best Illustrated Book Award: The Urbanism of Frank Lloyd Wright
2017 AUP Best Illustrated Book Award: Landscape Urbanism
2014 AUP Best Illustrated Book Award: Lina Bo Bardi
2011 50 Books 50 Covers: Landform Building
2010 ID Magazine Annual Award: Ring Roads of the World
2010 Fast Company Infographic of the Day: Ring Roads of the World

An Itch You Can't Scratch, an interview with Jack Murphy for THE OOZ issue of Paprika.
From the Designer's Desk, Yale University Press
Working Outside the Box, with Jessica Young, Archinect