Friday Five with Roger Ferris

Roger Ferris began his distinguished architecture career after graduating from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, where he was also a Loeb Fellow. As founding member of renowned practice Roger Ferris + Partners, a firm in Westport, Connecticut, he mixes it up with residential, as well as commercial, projects around the world. Ferris is an active member of the American Institute of Architects, the Royal Institute of British Architects, and the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, while also spending spare time (does he have any?!) as a lecturer and design juror. Let’s see what inspires him in this week’s Friday Five.


1. Amanyara, Turks and Caicos
A perfect hideaway within a nature preserve. The ecologically sensitive architecture is at one with the site.


2. 1963 Porsche “Outlaw”
My vintage Porsche that’s been extensively modified. It’s both retro and contemporary at the same time.


3. Budnitz bike
My lightweight titanium bicycle is both fast and sculptural.

Photo by Justin Ide/Harvard News Office

Photo by Justin Ide/Harvard News Office

4. The Carpenter Center, Cambridge, MA
The only Le Corbusier building in North America, I spent much of my time at Harvard here. Corb felt that, “a building devoted to the visual arts must be an experience of freedom and unbound creativity.” The building continues to be an inspiration for me.

Photo by Paúl Rivera of Archphoto

Photo by Paúl Rivera of Archphoto

5. Xavier Veilhan
This life-sized aluminum humanoid sculpture stands in the front hallway of my house. Its angular planes and surfaces combine to make architecture from the human form.

Caroline Williamson is Editor-in-Chief of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.