2009 Emerging Voices


The Architectural League created the annual Emerging Voices lecture series in 1982 to recognize and encourage architects who are beginning to achieve prominence in the profession. The series focuses primarily on built work, at a variety of scales, and is structured to reflect the diversity of contemporary practice–geographically, stylistically, and ideologically.

This program was part of the 2008-09 program calendar. For information about our current season click here.

All Emerging Voices lectures are being held at the Urban Center, 457 Madison Avenue, New York City, beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 5, 2009
Shane Coen, Coen + Partners, Minneapolis and New York City
Derek Dellekamp, Dellekamp Arquitectos, Mexico City

Thursday, March 12, 2009
Darren Petrucci, A-I-R, Scottsdale
Elizabeth Gray and Alan Organschi, Gray Organschi Architecture, New Haven

Thursday, March 19, 2009
Julio Amezcua and Francisco Pardo, at103, Mexico City
Robert Hutchison and Tom Maul, Hutchison & Maul Architecture, Seattle

Thursday, March 26, 2009
Andrew Berman, Andrew Berman Architect, New York City
Stella Betts and David Leven, Leven Betts Architects, New York City

coen-4Shane Coen is a principal and the founder of Coen + Partners, a Minneapolis and New York City-based landscape architecture practice. For 16 years in collaboration with leading architects, the firm’s landscape and site designs have integrated “programmatic, architectural, and ecological goals.” Coen + Partners’ interventions “emphasize the materials, textures, and rhythms of our contemporary era and the regions where we work.” Recent and current projects include: “Mayo Plan #1,” Rochester, MN, which rethought and reformed traditional cul-de-sac development; “Jackson Meadow,” a community master plan and residential landscape design in Marine on St. Croix, MN; streetscape design around the “Minneapolis Central Library,”; “Albrecht,” a residential landscape design in Red Wing, MN; and “Lavin Bernick Center,” a campus landscape design at Tulane University, New Orleans.

Coen + Partners work has received numerous awards from the AIA, ASLA, and Committee on Urban Environment, and has been published in The New York Times, Metropolis, and Dwell. Coen+Partners received a Progressive Architecture citation in 2003 for Mayo Plan #1. The firm’s work is currently featured in “Worlds Away: New Suburban Landscapes,” a traveling exhibition in collaboration with the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh. Shane Coen received his B.S. in Landscape Architecture from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

dellekamp-3Dellekamp Arquitectos was founded by Derek Dellekamp in 1999. The Mexico City firm frequently partners with artists, designers, environmental experts, engineers, and builders to shape each project. The firm states: “We try to begin each project without a preconceived idea of its outcome; we deliberately allow for outside influences to shape the design. Our goal is for the work to achieve a wider relevance by adapting and synthesizing these externalities.” In 2003, together with Rojkind arquitectos and mxa/Tatiana Bilbao, Dellekamp Arquitectos founded MXDF Urban Research Center to develop integrated approaches and investigations for current project sites, as well as the intricate urban reality of Mexico City. Recent and current projects include: the apartment buildings “Alfonso Reyes 58,” “CB 30,” and “CB 29” all in Mexico City; Villa 14, Ordos, China; “Living in Here,” a social housing proposal at the 11th International Exhibition Venice Biennale 2008; “House on a Slope,” Mexico City; and “La Capital,” a restaurant in Mexico City.

Dellekamp Arquitectos is the recipient of a 2008 International Architecture Award and was cited by Wallpaper as one of the world’s 101 most exciting new architects in the magazine’s 2007 article “Wallpaper’s Architects Directory 2007.” The firm’s work has been widely exhibited, including at the Venice Biennale; Guangzhou Second Triennale; and the Center for Architecture, NY, and has been published in Dwell, Space Magazine, Arquine, and The New York Times. Derek Dellekamp received his B.Arch from Iberoamericana University, where he now teaches in the Department of Architecture.


Petrucci-4Darren Petrucci is the founder and principal of A-I-R [Architecture-Infrastructure-Research] Inc. based in Scottsdale. His design and research focuses on what he calls “Amenity Infrastructure, which develops new public/private urban infrastructures that facilitate multiple scales of public use within the contemporary city.” Projects include “Stripscape,” pedestrian amenities on a commercial avenue in Phoenix; “Comfort Zone,” shading and cooling canopies for transit and courtesy vehicles at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport; “Garden Rooms,” streetscape and transit stop improvements in Scottsdale; “vh r-10 ghouse,” a guest house prototype on Martha’s Vineyard; and “Cool Ground,” digitally designed and fabricated furniture/landscape at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Arts.

Petrucci is the winner of a Progressive Architecture award for his project “GLUE: Generic Landscapes Urban Environments” (a commercial corridor revitalization strategy along Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale), and the NCARB Prize for excellence in teaching and practice for his project “Stripscape.” His work has been published in Metropolis, Places Journal, Architecture Magazine, Sprawl and Public Space published by the National Endowment for the Arts with Princeton Architectural Press, and Re-Envisioning Landscape/Architecture published by Actar Press. His work has been exhibited in Phoenix, New York, and at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. Petrucci is the Director of the School of Architecture + Landscape Architecture at Arizona State University where he also runs his applied research lab: SCAPE (Systems Components Architectural Products + Environments). He received both M.Arch and MAUD degrees with distinction from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.

goa-3Elizabeth Gray and Alan Organschi are the founding principals at Gray Organschi Architecture, an architecture studio and fabrication facility in New Haven. The firm’s work explores the intersection of design and building production, recognizing “building as a medium through which architectural ideas are most forcefully explored and unforgivingly expressed; as an undertaking that consumes physical and environmental resources as it irrevocably alters the character and culture of a place.” Projects include “Tennis House,” Washington, CT; “Cottage,” Guilford, CT; “Storage Barn,” Washington, CT; “Prefabricated Footbridge at Green Hill Brook,” Madison, CT; and “Music Studio at Firehouse 12,” New Haven, CT.

Gray Organschi Architecture has won numerous awards, including the Wood Design Award and regional AIA Merit and Design awards. The firm was the recipient of the 2001 Emerging Architects Award from the Connecticut AIA. Gray Organschi Architecture has been widely published, including in Architectural Record, House & Garden, The New York Times, and in numerous books. Elizabeth Gray received her B.A. from Yale College and her M.Arch from the Yale School of Architecture. She is also the founder of an interior design consultancy, Gray Design. Alan Organschi received his B.A. from Brown University and a M.Arch from the Yale School of Architecture. He currently teaches at Yale, where he coordinates the first year graduate housing studio.

at103-5Julio Amezcua and Francisco Pardo founded the Mexico City-based practice at103 in 2001. Founded with the intention “to investigate and create new techniques for architecture in the contemporary city,” the practice pursues a multidisciplinary and collaborative approach. at103’s work explores “the relationship between…various spaces and their changeability over time rather than…the spaces themselves.” Projects include the “Ave Fenix Fire Station,” Mexico City; “Casa Romero,” Queretaro, Mexico; “Explanada,” a studio and exhibition space in Mexico City; “GM1607 Apartment Building,” Mexico City; and “at103 Villa” in Ordos, China.

at103’s Fire Station received the Silver Medal at the X Mexican Biennale and was a selection at the 2008 International Architecture Awards. The firm was also recently named by Wallpaper as one of the world’s 50 hottest young architectural practices. Julio Amezcua and Francisco Pardo both studied architecture at the Universidad Anahuac and received their M.Arch degrees at Columbia University. Amezcua is currently a visiting assistant professor at Pratt Institute. Pardo is a professor at Iberoamericana University in Mexico City.

hma-3Seattle-based Hutchison & Maul Architecture was founded by Robert Hutchison and Tom Maul in 2001. “Exploring space and form through the medium of envelope,” Hutchison & Maul’s designs are characterized by “site-specific solutions which encompass functionality and efficiency through the use of a limited material palette and a focus on one or two primary architectural elements.” The firm also undertakes conceptual and installation work, which typically seeks “to celebrate the history and past use of existing buildings, while highlighting their architectural qualities and potential for reuse.” Recent and current projects include the “Courtyard House on a Steep Site,” Mercer Island, WA; the “Wall + Roof Studio,” Seattle; “Lake House,” Mercer Island; the “WeiLi Office Building & Dyeing Facility,” Guangzhou, China; the “City of Bothell Public Works Facility,” WA; and “Hole Houses #1 and #2,” which explored the quality of light by drilling holes into to be demolished buildings in Seattle.

The firm’s work received a 2008 Honor Award for Washington Architecture and has been featured in Northwest Home & Garden Magazine and Arcade Journal, amongst other publications. Robert Hutchison received a B.S. in Structural Engineering and a B.S. in Architectural Engineering from Drexel University, and a M.Arch from the University of Washington. Tom Maul received a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Bucknell University, and a M.Arch from the University of Washington. Both serve as Guest Lecturers at the University of Washington College of Architecture.


Berman-2New York-based Andrew Berman Architect was established in 1995 by Andrew Berman. The firm characterizes its work as “about and informed by buildings, the land, people, and the city. Construction is the medium through which we explore the complexities and qualities of space and place. It is a process that starts with the familiar and leads, in an effort to create meaningful and deliberate relationships, toward its edges.” Recent and current projects include “Writing Studio and Library,” Long Island; “Whitespace Studios,” New York City; “Rooftop Residence and Gardens,” New York City; “PS1 Visitor Kiosk,” Long Island City; and “The Center for Architecture,” New York City.

Andrew Berman Architect has received AIA Design Excellence Awards for numerous projects and is currently participating in the NYC Department of Design and Construction Design Excellence Program. His work has been published in New York, Wallpaper, Architectural Record, Metropolis, Quaderns, and The New York Times. Berman received his B.A. from Yale College and his M.Arch from the Yale School of Architecture.

lb-1Leven Betts Architects is a New York City-based architecture practice begun in 1997 by David Leven and Stella Betts. Leven Betts designs and produces buildings, exhibitions, interiors, furniture and urban spaces. The firm produces “an architecture with an innovative approach toward materials, technologies and the environment in projects at all scales.” Current and recent projects include “Mixed Greens Gallery,” New York; “CC01 House,” Columbia County, NY; “Catskills House,” Stone Ridge, NY; “Chicago Filter Parking,” which won first prize in the 2003 Chicago Prize competition for a thousand-car parking facility; and “Princeton House,” NJ.

Leven Betts is the recipient of numerous AIA Merit and Honor awards, was featured in Architectural Record’s 2007 Design Vanguard, and was runner-up for the Metropolis: Next Generation Prize. In 2003, Betts was a participant in the League’s Young Architects Forum. In 2009, Princeton Architectural Press published a monograph on the firm, Pattern Recognition: Leven Betts. David Leven studied at the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies in New York and received his M.Arch from Yale University School of Architecture. He is currently the Director of the Graduate Architecture Department at Parsons The New School for Design. Stella Betts received her M.Arch from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and is on the adjunct faculty at Parsons The New School for Design.

This program was made possible in part by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.