about us


pneumastudio is an interdisciplinary design practice situated between the fields of architecture and landscape architecture.  Formed in 2011, pneumastudio premiered its work in two exhibitions and a symposium related to issues of environmental design and ecology, the first of which was held at the Design Museum in Barcelona and the second at GLOBAL Design / New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study.  Both partners in the firm are recipients of The MacDowell Colony fellowship in 2013, and their work will be featured in several publications forthcoming in 2013.


Cathryn Dwyre

Cathryn Dwyre received a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Pennsylvania, where she was the Managing Editor of ViaBooks with a volume published by MIT Press entitled Dirt. Dwyre has variously been an art book designer and publisher, and has produced art books and chapbooks. A book forthcoming through Metropolis Books features one of pneumastudio’s projects in a collection of contemporary designers interested in ecology.  Her current work moves between aesthetics and landscape strategy, to writing and researching around the topic of the picturesque and ecology.  Dwyre is interested in the dialectical exchange between architecture and landscape architectural design.  Dwyre is the recipient of the MacDowell Colony fellowship 2013 with her partner in pneumastudio, Chris Perry.  Dwyre currently teaches 5th year thesis design studios and elective seminars at Pratt Institute School of Architecture in Brooklyn, N.Y.

In addition to a driving creative sensibility Dwyre was also a start-up technology leader involved with two successes—one going public, and the 2nd purchased by a public company. Dwyre’s first technology success was with domain name registration company Register.com. Dwyre grew the company from 3 to 250 employees and to a successful IPO in 2000.  She subsequently joined GridApp Systems, where she was instrumental in raising over $8 million dollars in venture capital for the company. As Vice President of Corporate Development, Director,  and 4 years on the Board as Director in charge of corporate governance, Dwyre recruited and assembled the team that was sold to BMC software in 2010.  Before that, Dwyre dealt in rare books at Ursus Rare Books, with a specialization in aesthetics, livres d’artistes, gardens and architecture. At Ursus, Dwyre wrote and designed chapbooks with runs of 2500 copies and up. Previously, Dwyre worked as a field scientist for the United States Geological Survey under the Department of the Interior, doing geological mapping in the Cascade Mountains.


Chris Perry

Chris Perry holds a Master of Architecture from Columbia University where he received an Award for Excellence in Design in 1997. After ten years as principal of his first design practice servo, he co-founded his current practice pneumastudio with Cathryn Dwyre in 2011.

servo’s work has been exhibited at a number of prominent venues, including the Venice Architecture Biennale, the Centre Pompidou, the Wexner Center for the Arts, the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Artists Space, the Storefront for Art and Architecture, and SFMoMA. Publications of the group’s work include servo: networks and environments, a monograph published by DAMDI Press in Korea, 10x10_2 by Phaidon Press, The New Mathematics of Architecture by Thames & Hudson, and Interactive Architecture by Princeton Architectural Press. servo’s work is also part of the permanent collections of SFMoMA and the Frac Centre in Orleans, France.

Formed in 2011 and situated between the fields of landscape and architecture, pneumastudio has exhibited its work at the Design Museum in Barcelona and New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. Forthcoming publications featuring the group’s work include Architecture Inserted by Yale School of Architecture, Bracket 2: Goes Soft by Actar, and Post-Sustainability: Blueprints for a Green Planet by Metropolis Books.

In 2010 Perry was the Louis Kahn Visiting Assistant Professor at the Yale School of Architecture, an endowed chairmanship. Since 2000 he has taught at Columbia University, the University of Pennsylvania, Cornell University, Rice University, Parsons School of Design, Pratt Institute, the University of Toronto, the Architectural Association in London, and RMIT in Melbourne. He is currently an Assistant Professor at the Rensselaer School of Architecture where he is Director of the Geofutures Post-Professional Program and Coordinator of Undergraduate Thesis.

Perry is a recipient of the Architectural League of New York’s Prize for Young Architects and Designers and The MacDowell Colony Fellowship.  He is co-editor of Collective Intelligence in Design, published by Wiley-Academy in 2006, and has published essays in a variety of architecture journals and books, including Yale Perspecta, Architectural Design, Architectural Review, Scroope (Cambridge University Architecture Journal), The Digital Turn in Architecture: 1992–2012 by Wiley-Academy, Architecture Inserted by Yale School of Architecture, Architecture In:Formation by Routledge, Autogenic Structures by Taylor & Francis, Lubricous Architectures: Studies in Hybridity by Columbia Books of Architecture, and Bracket 2: Goes Soft by Actar