Located at 221 Prospect Avenue in the space that was previously Hatch 2.0, the Localgroup Studio is Bellingham’s newest coworking space. Founded by Alan McConchie, his vision is to grow the ambition, volume, and critical nature of Bellingham’s design discussions by creating space for connecting, whether locally, regionally, or internationally. To this end, the Studio hosts periodic social and educational events. Outside of business hours, the Studio is committed to using design to create meaningful civic engagement with projects that benefit the local community and the environment.
One of the ways that Alan is engaging the design community is through the event series, “Design Drinks + Talks“. Hosted every other month at the Localgroup Studio, this event features 2 to 3 short presentations by artists, architects, cartographers, designers, programmers, and others engaged with design questions and problems. Besides sharing past work, presenters explore design as both a conceptual and practical concern to support and expand design discourse both locally and generally. Accompanying each event, drinks will be served to attendees who wish to network with other creatives and professionals seeking new connections, collaborations, opportunities, and conversations. The most recent Design Drinks + Talks was held on Friday, June 2nd and so look for the next one to take place later this summer. If you’d like to receive invitations to these events, you can join the Meetup Group at meetup.com/Bellingham-Design-Drinks-TalksBesides the various events that will take place at the Localgroup Studio, there’s a range of coworking memberships to take advantage of. From an option for anyone to drop-in for a single day and then all the way up to full-time memberships, there’s plenty of options to choose from. Typical membership features such as access to high speed wireless internet, printers, desk space, office supplies, and a kitchenette are of course available, but a unique offering is the use of the well-stocked art & design library. For more information about the Localgroup Studio as well as the different membership levels that they offer, check out their website at localgroup.studio.
About the Founder:
Localgroup Studio was founded by Alan McConchie. Born and raised in the Fairhaven neighborhood of Bellingham, Alan recently relocated to his hometown from San Francisco, where he is currently Lead Cartographer at Stamen Design, a mapping and data visualization studio. Alan has worked using online map making, visualization, and data science for clients such as Audubon Society, National Geographic, Facebook, and Pinterest. He has taught for Stamen at the World Health Organization, Stanford University, the University of California at Berkeley, and the California College of the Arts. He holds an undergraduate degree in Computer Science & Mathematics and a Master’s degree in Geography from UBC. His work with Stamen has been shown at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and in the Istanbul Design Biennial. Alan is excited by the opportunity to support design work, collaborations, and discussions in the local area.