“Peculiarity breeds a bold, tasteful aesthetic.” —Jordan Tait, Architect
When Jordan Tait was 19 years old, he built a house. He wasn’t an architect at the time, he wasn’t even studying to become one. He was just helping out some family. But that experience inspired him to enroll in the New Jersey Institute of Technology and become the NYC-based architect that he is today. “Architecture wasn’t always my calling,” Tait said. “But design is what I always wanted to do and architecture ended up being the medium.”
As a designer and an architect, Tait just prefers a larger canvas than most other artists. He says he believes in high art, but points out that art inside galleries is not in the public eye the same way that a building or structure can be. Tait believes what he’s found in architecture is an art form that’s accessible to everyone.
All that aside, Tait’s architecture is typically not inspired by architecture. And that might just be what’s made him successful. “Architect alone annihilates,” he said. “So I look outside the profession. I’m always looking for idiosyncrasies in utility. The gapped tooth was a thing in fashion that no one saw coming. I want to find the gapped tooth in architecture.”
“The gapped tooth was a thing in fashion that no one saw coming. I want to find the gapped tooth in architecture.” —Jordan Tait