About Architecture Research Office

Architecture Research Office (ARO) is the New York City firm dedicated to architecture that unites beauty and form with strategy and intelligence. The firm’s diverse project portfolio - spanning strategic planning, architecture and urban design - is united by a principled and engaged approach to design, collaborative process and technical precision, always in an effort to achieve the greatest aesthetic impact while using the fewest natural and financial resources.

This philosophy has earned the firm over one hundred design awards including the 2020 AIA Architecture Firm Award, the AIA New York State Firm of the Year Award, and the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for Architecture.

About the Collection

As workplaces become more open, enable multiple work styles, and foster collaboration, controlling sound and minimizing distractions becomes essential. The Architecture Research Office Collection combines the natural beauty of 100% Wool Design Felt with repetition and pattern to create acoustic architectural finishes that are elegant and easy to install. Solutions for the wall, ceiling and dividing space allow acoustic and privacy customization by combining standard components.

ARO Plank and Shingle (pictured bottom) evoke movement and are quietly animated by light and shadow. Composed of 3mm 100% Wool Design Felt vacuum formed to acoustic foam or Akustika substrate, these wall systems enable variation across large areas by combining standard modules. ARO Grid (pictured right and below) flips the ubiquitous grid ceiling on its Head. This series of acoustic ceiling products balance form and function in modular systems and use one standard module that comes in multiple colors, can be customized in height, easily installs in a standard drop ceiling grid, all while being easy on the budget.


Part of the MillerKnoll collective