Runcible Studios is an architecture and research firm based in Boston, MA.
Runcible Studios prides itself on balancing the vision of the client with the nuts-and-bolts reality of construction, and seeks leverage points in things like zoning, codes, structure, and construction methodology to bring value, rigor, and creativity to each project. We see ourselves as stewards: of our clients’ goals, of our communities, of our climate, and of a tradition of collaboration between designers and builders. We’re equally at home wherever the power of design thinking can effect positive change, and we love nothing better than helping to solve clients’ thorniest design challenges, and bringing design ideas into the physical world.
Founded in 2014, Runcible Studios’ mission is to bring rigor, delight, and creativity to every design project. Since opening its doors, Runcible has executed projects ranging from ground up residential to extensive renovations of residences, commercial, and industrial spaces to high-concept feasibility studies for developers to graphics and social media management and everything in between. We believe that our wide range of work allows us to bring deep and varied experience to our clients’ projects, and we welcome design challenges at any scale.
Additionally, our active research division allows us to test ideas, methods, and concepts, challenge our thinking, and partner with other firms and academic institutions. Our current research focus is climate mediation in vernacular architecture; recent outlets for our work have included ICOMOS, Vernacular Architecture Forum, and lectures at the Boston Architectural College, Northeastern University, and Harvard GSD.
Marilyn Moedinger, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP
Marilyn is the founding principal of Runcible Studios. Like the runcible spoon, she is happiest operating at the seam[s] between practicality and whimsy, utility and beauty, the esoteric and the mundane.
She previously practiced architecture at Utile, Inc. in Boston, and worked as a construction project manager, contractor, and estimator in Charlottesville, VA. She has also taught design studios, construction detailing, and theory courses at Boston Architectural College, Northeastern University, and Wentworth Institute of Technology, and was the Director of Practice Instruction and Community Engagement Projects at the BAC, where she directed nearly 80 student-led projects. She has lectured on her research and/or been a guest critic at Northeastern University, BAC, University of Virginia, UC Berkeley, Harvard GSD, Elon University, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Rhode Island School of Design, and University of Cincinnati, as well as various architecture and design firms in Boston and nationally.
She is a Chair of the Advisory Board for Northeastern University’s NuLawLab, serves on UVA’s Architecture Young Alumni Council, and is a founding member of The Productive Collective.
She earned a BS in Architecture, BA in History, and an M.Arch from University of Virginia, where she won several awards for her teaching and academic work.
Marilyn’s current research interests include the economic/catalytic potential of design and design thinking, rethinking construction paradigms and economies, methods of climate mediation in vernacular housing, the pivot point between climate and culture, alternate modes of practice, and in [re]understanding energy flows/analysis in design and construction. In 2010, she received the SOM Prize to study these issues on 5 continents over two years. [View the resulting book here.]
Jason is an Associate at Runcible Studios, bringing his nearly ten years of architectural practice experience in residential, commercial, and institutional projects, from concept design through construction. Previously, Jason was an architectural designer at Utile Architecture and Planning in Boston, MA, where he took a lead role on projects such as the Boston Conservatory Studio Building, a nine-unit condo building in the South End, the Boston Harbor Islands Pavilion and Exhibition, and the Boston Convention Center Marquee, among many others.
Jason has also taught construction detailing at the Boston Architectural College, and regularly serves on reviews at Boston area architecture schools. He earned a BS in Architecture and an M.Arch from Northeastern University.
“Runcible” is a word coined by the poet Edward Lear, and while he never defined the word, he used it in several contexts – most famously in his 1871 poem, the “Owl and the Pussycat:”
They dined on mince and slices of quince,
Which they ate with a runcible spoon.
And hand in hand, by the edge of the sand,
They danced by the light of the moon.
The moon, the moon –
They danced by the light of the moon.
This is the first book Marilyn ever read, and she credits its illustrator, Hilary Knight, with first igniting her architectural curiosity. Some say that the word “runcible” refers to an object of both utility and beauty, which seems quite a logical and poetic place for architecture to exist. So, Runcible Studios.