Max Mahaffey’s practice is motivated by an interest in spatial intervention and its cultural value: how works are conceived and produced; how meaning is developed, communicated, and derived; how to operate as creator, critic, and audience interchangeably. The work negotiates disciplinary boundaries through investigations into spatial presence, typological and historical references, and material quality.


Matter and scale

Presence and quality

Ideas without concepts

Knowledge without knowledge


Max received his post-professional Master of Architecture from The University of Texas at Austin in 2018 with a focus on Interdisciplinary Studies and Art History. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Iowa State University and has worked for a variety of architecture and art practices in the Midwest and Pacific Northwest.

He currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.