Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The Princess of Building Green and Inventor of Modular Housing's New Gig

Michelle Kaufmann, the self proclaimed inventor of modular housing, is at it again, only this time she hit the 'Big Show'.

She got out of modular housing when her company couldn't make it and finally sold all her plans including her Breeze House to the Queen of Self Promotion, Maura McCarthy of Blu Homes.

Michelle Kaufman, the Inventor of Modular (left) meets Al Gore, the Inventor of the Internet

No longer satisfied to play in the modular housing sandbox, she graduated to Google X's new Alphabet where her start-up, Flux, is the first one Google picked.
Flux Headquarters in San Francisco

It looks like she found a place that will finally let her showcase her real talent...design. 

Good luck Princess Michelle.

Here is the article from the Sept INC magazine about the woman that may have a huge impact on the future of design and architecture worldwide.

How One Architect Hatched the First Startup 
From Google's Top Secret Lab

The unravelling of Michelle Kaufmann's architecture career led her to Google--and to reimagine design.

Only in Silicon Valley does an introduction from a client lead you to the guys running Google's top-secret research lab. That's what happened to architect Michelle Kaufmann five years ago, when a tech CEO she'd designed a home for put her in touch with Google X's Astro Teller and Sebastian Thrun. After meeting with the pair, recalls Kaufmann, "I felt like I had found my people." Although she didn't realize it at the time, the encounter would also help her put her career, which had recently derailed, back on track.

Kaufmann had spent the previous decade and a half building a soaring architecture career. She had worked for design populist Michael Graves and then computer-assisted-design (and swoopy titanium) pioneer Frank Gehry. By the time she was 34, she had built her namesake firm, creating beautiful, modular, sustainably designed prefab houses that mashed up the ideas of Charles and Ray Eames and tract-house pioneer Joseph Eichler, leading Sierra magazine to hail her as the "Henry Ford of green homes."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Coach, did you actually give the Princess a compliment? You must be mellowing in your old age.