Annual Student Program


past programs

The Student Program is at capacity. Registration is now closed.
If you are interested in participating, but have not yet registered, please email Nick Anderson at

Panelists: Jamie Maslyn Larson, David Resnick, and Lyn Rice
Studio Visits include: Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Ken Smith Landscape Architect, Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, Polshek Partnership Architects, SHoP, SOM, Steven Holl Architects, Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, and WXY Architects

Saturday, September 26, 2009
11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The Urban Center
457 Madison Avenue
between 50th and 51st

The Student Program offers an inside look at the architectural profession. The program highlights the varied and creative career paths open to graduates of architecture school.

The day includes:
– A panel discussion featuring a diverse group of dynamic young architects.
– Afternoon studio tours at some of the city’s most interesting firms.
– An end of the day reception hosted by Pei Cobb Freed & Partners.

Please note: Attendees will have the chance to visit two offices during the afternoon studio visits. Students will sign up for the tours following registration in the order of a random lottery. Note that as each office is limited in the number of students they can host, attendees are not guaranteed the chance to visit any specific office listed above.

Registration is
$35 and includes a one-year student membership to the League.
Membership benefits include:
Free or reduced admission and advanced reservations to League programs; access to members-only programs, invitation to exhibition previews, and more…

Registration is now closed, as the program has reached full capacity. If you are still interested in participating, and you have not yet registered, please email Nick Anderson at


Panelists are:
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student09-larson-GovIslePanoramaJamie Maslyn Larson
Senior Landscape Architect, Project Manager—West 8 New York

Jamie Maslyn Larson has committed her career to the implementation of complex public space projects with over 12 years of experience in all facets of design, public outreach, permitting, and construction administration on projects that have had multiple jurisdictions and agencies. Her work has varied in scale- from small urban plazas to 280-acre public space campuses. Larson has managed park and public space projects for federal, state, county, and city levels of government. This work has been located in six different U.S. states and the District of Columbia, giving her experience in leading projects from a remote office and tackling the varied jurisdictional and regulatory issues that are particular to each project and city.

At West 8’s New York office, Larson is currently leading two high profile projects. As Senior Landscape Architect and Project Manager for Governors Island Park and Open Space, Larson is leading a large and complex team on two continents that includes both of West 8’s offices on a park design for 87 acres of green space. Larson is also Senior Landscape Architect and Project Director for the new 2.5 acre Lincoln Park in the cultural and civic heart of downtown Miami Beach. Plans call for a new urban space to serve as an outdoor performance space for the New World Symphony as well as a distinctive park for residents and visitors.

She has taught and presented at the University of Colorado, Denver, and Utah State University, and is actively involved in the ASLA. She has also been published in the Landscape Journal. Larson has a Masters of Landscape Architecture from Utah State University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Northern Arizona University at Flagstaff.


student-resnick-EC277David Resnick
Deputy Commissioner, NYC Department of Design and Construction

David Resnick is Deputy Commissioner at the NYC Department of Design and Construction (DDC), where he heads the Structures Division, and is responsible for the design and construction of buildings for 22 client agencies. With an active portfolio of over $4 billion, the Division designs, renovates, and builds libraries, museums, police precincts, firehouses, emergency medical stations, transportation facilities, health centers, day care centers, senior centers, courts, correctional facilities, juvenile detention centers, and other facilities that City agencies need to serve the public.

At DDC, Resnick has played a leading role in the development and implementation of Mayor Bloomberg’s citywide Design and Construction Excellence Initiative, the goal of which is to raise the bar on design quality for public construction in NYC. He has participated in other citywide initiatives including PlaNYC and the NYC Model Code task force.

Before coming to DDC in July 2004, Resnick was with the New York City Housing Authority for twelve years, where he worked on the Authority’s award-winning program to construct, renovate, or expand Community Facilities on public housing properties.

Resnick has been a continuous adjunct faculty member at NYU since 1997, where he teaches courses preparing candidates to take the Structures divisions of the A.R.E. and has taught the prep class for the Materials & Methods section of the exam as well. He has taught architectural design studios at the University of Michigan and at the Helsinki University of Technology, and has been a guest lecturer and critic at the Cooper Union, Columbia University, Pratt, New York Institute of Technology, University of Detroit, and Kent State. Resnick received a Bachelor of Arts from Adelphi University, a Bachelor of Architecture degree from New York Institute of Technology, and a Master of Architecture degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art.


student-rice-[AND]SCAPESLyn Rice
Principal, Lyn Rice Architects

As founding principal of Lyn Rice Architects [LRA], Lyn Rice has developed an “iterative design approach that embraces client collaboration and mines program and context to maximize spatial, visual, and performative opportunities.” The firm’s recently completed work includes several arts and educational projects, including the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center (2009 National AIA Honor Award winner). Rice has 29 years of experience in architecture and served as partner at OpenOffice art+architecture collaborative (1999-2004), senior design architect for Diller+Scofidio (1997-1999), and founding principal of Lyn Rice Architect (1994-1997).

Rice was a principal-in-charge and the architect-of-record for Dia:Beacon in upstate New York and was selected as one of the 2002 Architecture League of New York’s Emerging Voices while partner of OpenOffice, which was also named part of the 2003 Design Vanguard by Architectural Record. Rice has collaborated with a range of artists/thinkers including Patrick Blanc, Miles Coolidge, Liz Diller & Ric Scofidio, Liam Gillick, Robert Irwin, Peter Kogler, and Ben Rubin.

He holds a Masters in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University and has been a licensed architect since 1988. Rice has taught at Princeton and Columbia Universities, and currently serves as Visiting Associate Professor of Architecture at The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union.


Studio visits include:

Diller Scofidio + RenfroDSR-ICA-Northeast

Diller Scofidio + Renfro is a 40 person interdisciplinary studio with work across the fields of design, the visual arts, and the performing arts. Founded in 1979 by Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio, the studio’s work has grown to include major projects of cultural and civic significance. The New York City-based studio has completed projects around the world including institutional master planning; museums and civic buildings; housing and residential design; permanent site-specific installations; and theater- and performance-based work.

The studio has been awarded such honors in design and the visual arts as the National Design Award (Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum), the Brunner Prize (American Academy of the Arts and Letters), and induction into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The firm combines a broad range of skills with a commitment to integrate art, design, and issues of contemporary culture, recognized by the MacArthur Foundation with a Fellowship in 2000 (the “Genius Award”) and by the Whitney Museum of American Art in 2003 with a retrospective .

The firm is led by principals Elizabeth Diller, Ricardo Scofidio, and Charles Renfro.


student-kensmith-2007M37.472Ken Smith Landscape Architect

Ken Smith Landscape Architect is a New York City-based firm with experience in a wide variety and scale of projects. The firm practices landscape design primarily in the realm of public space. Typical design problems involve making landscape space within the context of existing, reworked, or complex urban fabric. This requires “a strategic approach in making the strongest conceptual landscapes within the limits and possibilities of a site’s infrastructure, context, and program.” This has further led the firm to push “beyond traditional landscape typologies of plaza, street, and garden to conceptualize landscapes that are hybridized from diverse traditions and influences of the contemporary culture.”

Projects include the MoMA Roof Garden and the Orange County Great Park. The monograph Ken Smith Landscape Architect will be published later this year.

Ken Smith WORKSHOP WEST, Inc. is a California based branch office working on the Orange County Great Park. Ken Smith is a visiting design critic at the Harvard Graduate School of Design from 1997 to the present.

Lola Bryant Community Garden

student-ltl-FluffBakeryLewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis (LTL Architects)

Founded in 1997 by Paul Lewis, Marc Tsurumaki, and David J. Lewis, Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis (LTL Architects) is an architecture and design partnership that “explores the opportunistic overlaps between form, program, and materiality.”

The New York-based firm has completed academic, institutional, residential and hospitality projects throughout the United States, including the College of Wooster’s Bornhuetter Hall in Ohio, and Fluff, Tides, and Xing restaurants in New York City. Current work includes an art museum in Austin, Texas, a villa in Ordos, Inner Mongolia, and a new administrative campus for the Claremont University Consortium in Claremont, California.

Recently, LTL received the 2007 Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for Interior Architecture and the 2007 James Beard Award for Best Restaurant Design. The firm’s work is part of several museum collections and has been exhibited widely at venues including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Walker Art Center, and the U.S. Pavilion at the 2004 Venice Architecture Biennale. Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis are the authors of Opportunistic Architecture and Situation Normal….Pamphlet Architecture #21.

Paul Lewis is an assistant professor at Princeton University, Marc Tsurumaki is an adjunct professor at Columbia University, and David Lewis is an associate professor at Parsons The New School for Design.


Grand_Louvre_8315_E68_00Pei Cobb Freed & Partners

Since its formation in 1955, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners (formerly I. M. Pei & Partners) has completed over 230 major projects in more than 100 cities across North America and around the world. The firm’s clients have included major corporations, private developers, and public authorities, as well as educational, cultural, and religious institutions. The technical staff includes architects, urban designers, planners, interior designers, and construction specialists.

The firm approaches every project on its own terms, drawing inspiration less from theoretical preconceptions than from particularities of place and program. This approach stems from the conviction that successful environments of lasting value can be achieved only when individual building projects reflects a concern for the specific physical and cultural contexts in which they occur. Although the firm’s practice over the past five decades has been exceptionally diverse in terms of building type and setting, a central theme consistently evident in its built works is the conception of architecture as “an art of place making—an art embodying above all else a concern for the quality of public space and public life.”

In addition to the awards for the totality of its practice, individual buildings designed by Pei Cobb Freed & Partners have received over 180 major design awards, including 24 National Honor Awards from the American Institute of Architects.

The firm’s partners are Henry N. Cobb, Michael D. Flynn, George H. Miller, Ian Bader, Yvonne Szeto, Jay L. Berman, Michael W. Bischoff, and José Bruguera. The partners are assisted by a staff of approximately 100, more than a third of whom are registered architects.




Polshek Partnership ArchitectsPPA-Newtown-Creek

Polshek Partnership is a 150-person architecture firm with expertise in architecture, master planning, historic preservation and interior design. For over forty years, the firm has worked principally in the public realm, creating powerful building designs and plans that are recognized for technical and artistic excellence, for authentically expressing the progressive missions of their cultural, academic, scientific and governmental institutions, and for enhancing their urban and campus contexts. The work is typologically and geographically diverse, ranging from museums and performing arts theaters to laboratories to large scale infrastructure projects throughout the United States.

Recent built work includes: The Standard, New York, Rose Center for Earth and Space at the American Museum of Natural History, William J. Clinton Presidential Center, Yale University Art Gallery Kahn Building Renovation, The University of Michigan Biomedical Science Research Building, WGBH Public Broadcasting Headquarters, Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Newhouse III, Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, Holland Performing Arts Center, The New York Times Printing Plant, Pennsylvania University’s Dickinson School of Law Lewis Katz Building, and Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant. Projects in design include: Utah Museum of Natural History, Stanford University Concert Hall, Harrisburg Federal Courthouse, Staten Island Courthouse, and Weill Cornell Medical Research Building.

In addition to having received numerous design awards for individual buildings, including thirteen national AIA Honor Awards, Polshek Partnership is the recipient of the Smithsonian Institution’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award the Firm Award, the President’s Medal of the AIA/New York Chapter and the American Institute of Architects Firm Award.

Nine partners lead the firm, which was founded in 1963: Joseph Fleischer, Timothy Hartung, Duncan Hazard, Kevin McClurkan, Richard Olcott, Susan Rodriguez, Tomas Rossant, Todd Schliemann and Don Weinreich.


Robert A.M. Stern ArchitectsRAMSA2

Robert A.M. Stern Architects is a 300-person firm of architects, landscape architects, interior designers, and supporting staff. The firm’s practice is premised on the belief that “the public is entitled to buildings that do not, by their very being, threaten the aesthetic and cultural values of the buildings around them. We do not believe that any one style is appropriate to every building and every place. We do believe in the continuity of tradition and strive in our work to create order out of the often chaotic present by entering into a dialogue with the past and with the spirit of the places in which we build.”

Over its thirty-nine-year history, the firm has established an international reputation as a leading design firm with wide experience in residential, commercial, and institutional work. As the practice has diversified, its geographical scope has widened to include current projects in Europe, Asia, South America, and throughout the United States. The firm maintains an attention to detail and a commitment to design quality which have earned international recognition, numerous awards and citations for design excellence, including National Honor Awards of the American Institute of Architects, and a lengthening list of repeat clients.

The firm’s founder and senior partner Robert A.M. Stern is Dean of the Yale School of Architecture.



SHoP Architects, founded by its five principals in 1996, has worked to transform intricate theoretical design into easily understood construction models. This “think tank” approach has pushed the designer’s realm past form making and into software design, branding, real estate development, construction, and the co-development of new sustainable technologies. The firm’s current work includes a two-mile esplanade and park for The City of New York along East River Waterfront, projects for the Fashion Institute of Technology and Goldman Sachs, both in Manhattan, and for Google in Mountain View, CA. In addition to the partners, the office is currently comprised of 65 staff members. SHoP recently received the 2009 National Design Award in Architecture Design from the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, as well as the 2008 SBIC Beyond Green High Performance Building Award.


student-SOM-AlHamraFirdousTower_SOMSkidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM)

Founded in 1936, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) is one of the leading architecture, urban design and planning, engineering, and interior architecture firms in the United States.

SOM is responsible for the design and construction of America’s tallest building, the 4,600,000-square-foot, 109-story Sears Tower in Chicago. SOM also designed Lever House, an office building in New York City that established a new vocabulary and set standards for office design around the world. Other signature projects include the U.S. Air Force Academy; the 100-story, 2,800,000-square-foot John Hancock Tower in Chicago; and the 1,000,000-square-foot Bank of America World Headquarters in San Francisco.

SOM, which has its headquarters on Wall Street, is playing a major role in the rebuilding of downtown New York City. SOM is currently designing World Trade Center Tower 1, also known as Freedom Tower, which will be the tallest building in the nation and will give new shape to New York City’s skyline when it is complete. The firm designed 7 World Trade Center, which was the first LEED certified office building in Manhattan. In addition, the Skyscraper Museum, which opened in Battery Park City in April 2004, while smaller in scale, is another important project contributing to the rebirth of Lower Manhattan.

Other current and recent projects include the Pennsylvania Station Redevelopment in New York; Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle; educational projects for Greenwich Academy, Deerfield Academy, and John Jay College of Criminal Justice; healthcare projects including Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Kings County Hospital, and North Shore Long Island Jewish Hospital; and new gateway terminals at JFK, Logan, Singapore Changi, Ben Gurion, and Lester B. Pearson airports.

Since it was founded, SOM has completed more than 10,000 architecture, interior architecture, and planning projects located in more than 50 countries around the world. SOM received the first Firm Award in 1961 from the American Institute of Architects, the AIA’s highest honor for design excellence in a collaborative practice, and is the only firm to be so honored twice, winning again in 1996.

SOM’s work ranges from the architectural design and engineering of individual buildings to the master planning and design of entire communities. The firm has conceived, designed, and built projects that include public and private institutions; corporate offices, banking, and financial institutions; government buildings; healthcare facilities; religious buildings; airports; recreational and sports facilities; university buildings; and residential developments. Currently, the firm maintains offices in New York, Chicago, Washington, DC, San Francisco, Los Angeles, London, Shanghai, and Hong Kong.


student-holl-Shu_He_MG_9173Steven Holl Architects

Steven Holl Architects has realized cultural, civic, academic, and residential projects both in the United States and internationally with offices in New York and Beijing.

Notable work includes the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki, Finland and Chapel of St. Ignatius, Seattle, Washington. Most recently completed are the Linked Hybrid mixed-use complex in Beijing, China, the Knut Hamsun Center in Hamarøy, Norway, and the Herning Center of the Arts in Herning, Denmark. In June 2007, the much celebrated addition to The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri opened to the public. Recently the office has won a number of international design competitions including the LM Harbor Gateway (Copenhagen, Denmark), Cité de l’Océan et du Surf (Biarritz, France – with Solange Fabião), Sail Hybrid (Knokke-Heist, Belgium), Meander (Helsinki, Finland), and Vanke Center (Shenzhen, China).

Holl has lectured and exhibited widely and has published numerous texts including Anchoring, Parallax, Idea and Phenomena, and Luminosity/Porosity. In early 2007 two new books were published: House: Black Swan Theory and Architecture Spoken.

The firm is the recipient of numerous AIA national and regional awards. Other awards include Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects (2003), the Smithsonian Institute’s Cooper Hewitt National Design Award in Architecture (2002), the French Grande Medaill d’Or (2001), the Alvar Aalto Medal (1998), the Arnold W. Brunner Prize in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the New York American Institute of Architects Medal of Honor (1997). Steven Holl is a tenured faculty member at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture and Planning.


student09-twbta-CBS-E-27-MM0046-13Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects

Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects is a full-service firm of thirty people located in New York City. Over the past three decades, the office has provided a wide range of architectural services to universities, research institutions, philanthropic organizations, fine arts museums, municipalities, and private clients in the United States and overseas. In addition, the work encompasses many different scales, ranging from a collaboration on an ice sculpture in Finland to a state-of-the-art bioengineering building at the University of Pennsylvania.

Projects include the Phoenix Art Museum; Cranbook Natatorium in MI; the American Folk Art Museum in NY; University of Pennsylvania, Skirkanich Hall-Bioengineering Laboratory; University of California Berkeley, East Asian Library; and Long Island Residence.

The partnership of Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects was established in 1986. During the past thirty years, the work of the office has garnered numerous local and national design awards, including over twenty-five awards from the American Institute of Architects, eight of which have been National AIA Honor Awards. In addition, Tod Williams and Billie Tsien have been the recipients of several important design honors, including the President’s Medal from the Architectural League of New York, the Chrysler Award for Innovation in Design, and the Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Both partners participate in numerous organizations devoted to design and the arts and have widely taught.


student-WXY_SeaGlassWXY Architecture and Urban Design

WXY architecture, founded in 1998 as Weisz + Yoes, is an award-winning multi-disciplinary practice specializing in the realization of innovative architectural and environmental work in challenging contexts. The firm’s in-depth responses to all aspects of program, site and technical requirements result in inventive solutions, creating objects and spaces that enrich their clients’ experiences of the places they inhabit. The firm’s recognition of the fundamentally cooperative and cross-disciplinary nature of contemporary design has sparked fruitful collaborations with new media designers, landscape designers, engineers and visual artists. This approach is demonstrated in the rich palette and materiality, and the cutting-edge sustainable technologies of our critically acclaimed buildings and landscapes in the public realm and for private clients.

The firm is pre-qualified as one of 24 firms in the DDC Design Excellence program and is a NYC-and NYS-certified Women-Owned Business Enterprise. WXY’s work has been exhibited and published widely both locally and internationally, including in The New York Times and Architectural Record. Their work has also been recognized with the AIA Honor Award in Architecture and BSA Honor Awards for Design Excellence in K-12 Educational Facilities (for the Bronx Charter School of the Arts), an International Design Award 2008, a Chrysler Innovative Designer Award, Young Architects and New York Designs Awards from the Architectural League.

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student-WXY_Fordham Plaza
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The Architectural League thanks the following schools for their support of the Student Program: Barnard College; Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation; The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union; Cornell University, College of Art, Architecture, and Planning; City College, CUNY; New Jersey School of Architecture, New Jersey Institute of Technology; Parsons The New School for Design; Pratt Institute School of Architecture; Princeton University School of Architecture; and Syracuse University School of Architecture.

This program was made possible in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

Images, top to bottom: Past student programs; Governors Island, courtesy of the West 8 team; New firehouse for Engine Company 277, courtesy of STV Incorporated; [AND]SCAPES, an installation at the Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, courtesy of Lyn Rice; 55 Water Street, Ken Smith Landscape Architect, © Peter Mauss/Esto; Fluff Bakery, LTL Architects, photo by Michael Moran; The Grand Louvre, Paris, image courtesy Pei Cobb Freed & Partners; Al Hamra Firdous Tower, courtesy of SOM; Linked Hybrid, Steven Holl Architects, © Shu He; Cranbrook Natatorium, TWBTA, © Michael Moran; SeaGlass, courtesy of WXY Architecture;