We like to make things by hand.  We design improbable and thrilling solutions for self-sufficiency in the urban world.  We develop ideas, objects, and spaces meant to improve the human experience.

Carey Clouse and Zachary Lamb. Photo credit Jill Stoll.
Carey Clouse and Zachary Lamb. Photo credit Jill Stoll.


Crooked Works is an architecture-design-build firm in New Orleans, LA, and Amherst, MA. The firm’s projects address the tough issues of urban identity, food security, and environmental stewardship. With every design solution, the firm aims to remap the comfort zone, offering up experiential delight and intelligent relationships for better urban living.


Carey Clouse is an architect and educator living in Amherst, MA. She has a post-professional degree in Architecture and Urbanism from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a BArch from the University of Oregon. After receiving the Rose Architectural Fellowship, Carey taught architecture at Tulane University and design/build courses at Yestermorrow Design/Build School. Carey currently teaches architecture and landscape architecture at UMass Amherst.

Zachary Lamb received an MArch from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a BA from Williams College. He has taught architecture classes at Tulane University and international design-build courses for MIT. After providing triple-bottom-line design guidance for Green Coast Enterprises, Zach returned to MIT to pursue a doctorate in urban planning.