Bachelor of Architecture, The University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design, 2000
Master of Architecture, Harvard Graduate School of Design, 2003
Hall graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture in 2000 from The University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design. While Tennessee is not truly home, it was the place he resided the longest after countless moves in a military family to various suburban no-places and sterile outposts. The spare aesthetics and utilitarian nature of military hardware combined with the banality of the spaces he grew up in lead to an infatuation with material honesty, a penchant for minimalist heroics, and a fascination with pragmatic ugliness.
After working in various firms in Knoxville, Baltimore and Boston, he attended Harvard Graduate School of Design receiving a Master of Architecture in 2003. After he completed his graduate studies he returned to Baltimore with a thirst to build that was satiated by the firm RTKL allowing for the realization of multiple award winning projects to include the Gateway Dormitory at the Maryland Institute College of Art and the Highmark Data Center in Harrisburg Pennsylvania. After years of practice he accepted a position at the University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design resulting in many low-tech design build projects made from found materials for minimal budgets, and experience teaching at all levels within the curriculum. During his six years at Tennessee he was awarded the Patrick Lawson Teaching Award twice and won or placed in numerous design competitions.
Many years of academic and unrealized projects resulted in a thirst for making resulting in machined aluminum guitars, drum kits, and furniture. These designs along with other useful objects, installation based projects and architectural work resulted in the formation of Obstructures in 2008. Obstructures operates on the premise that design causes just as many problems as it solves and is referred to by its members as an “anti-disciplinary” collective where the members often work outside the boundaries of their established disciplines and training. Notable design projects include the patent pending Aluminum Plate Wallet, The Flower Pot Florist interior in downtown Knoxville and the House with Two Courts in Clermont Florida.
Hall’s other lines of research include the work of deceased Swedish Brutalist masters such as Sigurd Lewerentz and Bernt Nyberg. Hall’s interest in a meaningful and honest architecture breeds a fascination with bygone archetypes, the machine age, and a cynical approach to the valorization of the new.