The 2008 Young Architects are:
Xu Tiantian, DnA_Design and Architecture, Beijing and Issaquah, WA
Kathy Velikov & Geoffrey Thün, RVTR, Toronto
Lonn Combs, EASTON+COMBS Architects, Brooklyn
Ben Pell & Tate Overton, PellOverton, New York City
Mark Foster Gage, Gage/Clemenceau Architects, New York City
Ana Miljacki & Lee Moreau, PROJECT_, Brooklyn
To view the website for the 2008 Young Architects Forum, click on the image above.
Architecture is a profession of ideas. Choice, agenda, and a means both to respond to problems and project solutions are key to professional vitality and progress.
But how do architectural ideas resonate beyond professional boundaries? What are the means by which an architect’s ideas/acts take effect? It is clear that architects’ productive power has never been greater than it is today. Technological advances in building methodologies, expanded communication networks, and cross-fertilization from other disciplines and industries have expanded and diversified the architect’s toolset immensely. this is especially true in young practices — generally more apt to incorporate new tactics and techniques into their developing body of work.
What is less clear, however, is whether this increase in productive power allows for a corresponding increase in the ability of architectural ideas to resonate with issues and concerns outside the discipline — ones that matter to the world at large.
Architecture, perhaps to a greater extent than most other disciplines, has the ability to incorporate multiple layers of information from a diverse array of sources. But it is also an extremely contingent discipline, requiring negotiation with a vast range of financial, regulatory, social, and cultural interests. How do we align the ambitions and capabilities of our discipline with the needs and desires of a diverse and changing world? Are architects developing productive ways to engage with today’s global priorities or merely finding new ways to maintain an inadequate status quo? What are the priorities? Where and how can architectural thought and duty merge to address these problems constructively? What specific collaborative models, operational practices, production techniques, and design processes allow for architectural ideas to resonate?
We are calling, not for demonstrations of instrumental capacity, but for ideas, implemented or not, that leverage that capacity creatively and proactively in the world.
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.