Outside The Lines Studio is a partnership. We started designing and building together in 1987, two years after we met at Cornell University's College of Architecture, Art and Planning.
Our first design company was called Whitehead & Co. and we built a number of projects ourselves. For several years we followed separate paths and then reunited in Los Angeles, CA to start Outside The Lines Studio.
Colin Summers attended Stuyvesant High School before pursuing his Bachelors of Architecture. He grew up in New York City's Greenwich Village and spent summers in the north woods of Canada. He programs computers (and built a little dot com). He lives in Santa Monica with his wife and their two sons.
Robert Whitehead was the valedictorian of Blue Ridge High School in north eastern Pennsylvania. He grew up building houses with his father, a contractor. After securing his bachelors of architecture from Cornell, and building residential projects for two years as one half of Whitehead & Co. he worked for several traditional architecture firms. Just before returning to work with his first partner, he was employed at The Hillier Group, the third largest architectural firm in the country. Robert is licensed in Pennsylvania, California and New York. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects. Starting in September of 2008 he has been working at RMJM, a large, global architecture firm which acquired Hillier.