Sturdy Designs from Studio Sumo

The Long Island City-based architecture firm eschews signature design in favor of an inquisitive approach

Names can be deceiving. Studio SUMO, a decade-old practice based in Long Island City, New York, does not represent founders Sunil Bald’s and Yolande Daniels’s ethnicities, nor an interest in an exotic sport. (Sumo is a combination of Sunil, and Daniels’s nickname in grad school, Momo.) But if SUMO were to signify anything related to Japanese wrestling, it would be heft—of the cerebral kind. Bald teaches at Parsons and Yale, and Daniels at Columbia, and as Daniels says, “We begin with a question, searching not necessarily for answers, but for something.” Bald adds that projects “don’t necessarily have a predestined physical manifestation.”

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