ULTRAMODERNE is an architecture and design firm located in Providence, Rhode Island. Led by co—principals Aaron Forrest and Yasmin Vobis, the office is committed to creating architecture and public spaces that are at once modern, playful, and generous. The principals are driven by an open—ended approach that leads to conceptually rigorous and well—executed designs.
We revel in the expanded field of contemporary practice. We deliberately seek out and produce architecture in an array of formats. We build, we draw, we write, we make layouts, images, videos, and models: all in the service of re—shaping the built environment at a range of scales, from single—family residences to cultural institutions and urban spaces. Regardless of size, we approach every project as an opportunity to make a broader societal and cultural impact.
The office regularly participates in high profile architectural competitions, with winning entries for the Chicago Lakefront Kiosk competition and the Central Falls Affordable Housing competition. The office was selected as a finalist for the MoMA—PS1 Young Architects Program, the Philadelphia Contemporary museum competition, and the Roger Williams Park Visitors Center.
The work of the office has been published both nationally and internationally, and the principals regularly lecture about their work for both professional and academic audiences. Awards and recognition include the Architectural League Prize, an Architect Magazine R+D Award, and multiple awards from the American Institute of Architects, and Architect Magazine Next Progressives. The office was recently included on the Domus Magazine list of 50 Best Architecture Firms from across the globe.
Yasmin Vobis (RA, NCARB) studied architecture at the University of California, Berkeley and Princeton University, where she was awarded the Butler Traveling Fellowship and the Suzanne Kolarik Underwood Prize. She has practiced in the offices of Ogrydziak Prillinger Architects, Guy Nordenson and Associates Structural Engineers, and Steven Holl Architects. In addition, she has taught at Princeton University, Rhode Island School of Design, the Cooper Union and currently teaches at Brown University. She was awarded the Founders—Arnold W. Brunner—Katherine Edwards Gordon Rome Prize in Architecture in 2016.
Aaron Forrest (AIA, NCARB) received both his Bachelor's Degree and Masters in Architecture from Princeton University. In addition to the practice, he is Associate Professor of Architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design. He has extensive professional experience, having practiced in New York with Bernheimer Architecture and Guy Nordenson and Associates Structural Engineers, and in Madrid with Ábalos & Herreros Arquitectos.
Ultramoderne is a registered Woman Business Enterprise in the State of Rhode Island.