What is Grow Studio?
Grow Studio is a design consultancy specializing in urban agriculture. We offer the talent and expertise of EOA / Elmslie Osler Architect to forward-thinking clients who want to bring the many benefits of growing fresh food into their communities. Using extensive research, we create agricultural systems whose various parts are connected through a BIG design idea. These systems are fully integrated into new or existing commercial, residential, community and civic projects. We believe that the benefits of growing fresh, healthy food combined with extraordinary design creates more livable and sustainable communities.
Grow Studio takes a comprehensive approach to designing a system where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. We begin by crafting a customized design solution for each project based on field observations and metrics through analysis. An overarching design concept is developed to optimize the beauty and utility of the project while strategically connecting various elements such as vertical farming walls and community kitchens. We then develop a program that determines the infrastructure of the project and includes recommendations for connected social, economic, health or education programs. A site is selected and a team of consultants is formed to develop the design, create the documents and oversee the construction process.
Projects + Benefits
- For-profit Urban Agriculture Growing Center
Benefits: Localized Economy, Reduced Waste, Food Security
- Integrated Multistory Fruit and Vegetable Garden
for a New Residential Development
Benefits: Increased Property Values, Community Involvement, Improved Air Quality
- Vertical Farming Walls and Teaching Kitchen
for a High School
Benefits: Hands-on Teaching Opportunities, Additional Green Space, Improved Diet
Who is Grow Studio?
Grow Studio is a diverse team of professionals and consultants with combined experience in architecture, planning, graphics, engineering, agriculture and landscape architecture. Principal Robin Osler wrote the program for the Urban Farming Food Chain, an urban farming and planning intervention which includes a series of vertical farming walls and community center kitchens that create a path through the urban fabric. Since the project’s implementation in Los Angeles in 2007, Osler has gone on to consult on projects that integrate agriculture into architectural design. Osler has appeared on panel discussions about urban agriculture at The National Building Museum in Washington D.C., the US Green Building Council, the Architecture and Design Museum Los Angeles, Syracuse University School of Architecture and on the Kojo Nnamdi Show. The Urban Farming Food Chain has been highlighted in various publications including The New York Times Magazine, Metropolis, Architectural Record, Azure and The Power of Pro Bono, a publication of Metropolis Books. In the fall of 2010 Osler was a visiting critic at Syracuse University and taught a studio in which architecture students designed a for-profit urban agricultural center sited in Washington D.C. Combining this expertise with their award-winning portfolio, EOA launched Grow Studio in the summer of 2011.