2005 Young Architects Forum: Situating


The 2005 Young Architects are:

Tobias Armborst, Daniel D’Oca, Georgeen Theodore & Christine Williams, Interboro, New York City
Dan Hisel, Cambridge, MA
Tiffany Lin & Mark Oldham, LOO, Boston
Greg Kochanowski, STUFF, Los Angeles
Stephen Roe & Chiafang Wu, ROEWUarchitecture, New York City
Mason White & Lola Sheppard, Lateral Architecture, Ithaca

To view the website for the 2005 Young Architects Forum, click on the image above.

What constitutes a young architect’s site?

As architects increasingly share concepts and techniques with other disciplines, notions of site shift from the static to the dynamic. Neither blank canvas nor historical context, sites are increasingly understood as multi-layered constructs with particular focus on process, environment, and time, operating on planes as diverse as the physical, legal, financial, temporal, or ecological. How does a young architect decide where to intervene in this complex new field?

We can reconsider this expanded notion of “siting” to include the conceptual ‘situating’ of an architectural problem. How does an architect define a site for intervention or emphasis, be it tangible or intangible? Whether in the design of a building component, choice and use of a software, or development of a fabrication technique, where do young architects situate architectural problems? How are the parameters specific to each architect’s site apparent in the work and its representation?

How do architects situate their profession within the context of various disciplines and culture at large? As design challenges become increasingly complex and architects form continually larger multi-disciplinary teams, overlaps between previously distinct fields produce emergent disciplines. How do young architects situate their work within this spectrum of identities? What new work is made possible by this situating?

The Architectural League’s Young Architects Forum is an annual competition and series of lectures and exhibitions organized by the Architectural League and its Young Architects Committee. The Forum was established to recognize specific works of high quality and to encourage the exchange of ideas among young people who might otherwise not have a forum.

Participants in the program are chosen through a portfolio competition that is juried by distinguished architects, artists and critics, and the Young Architects Committee. The committee, a group selected each year from past participants in the Young Architects Forum, is responsible for developing the program’s theme and selecting competition jurors. Open to designers ten years or less out of school, the competition draws entrants from around North America. The lecture series and exhibition by winners of the competition provide a lively public forum for the discussion of their work and ideas. Winners’ designs will also be illustrated in a catalogue to be published by Princeton Architectural Press.