Emerging Voices:
Rojkind arquitectos; studio SUMO



Emerging Voices: Rojkind arquitectos; studio SUMO
Michel Rojkind; Sunil Bald & Yolande Daniels

Wednesday, March 3, 2010
6:45 p.m.
New Museum
235 Bowery
1.5 HSW CEUs

The first evening of the 27th annual Emerging Voices lecture series, featuring Rojkind arquitectos and studio SUMO.

EV10-Rojkind-04_-Code-Horizon-DubaiMichel Rojkind founded Rojikind arquitectos in Mexico City in 2002. The firm finds “new directions in architectural practice – evoking common identities through the exploration of uncharted geometries that address questions of space, function, technology, materials, structure, and construction methods related directly to geography, climate, and local urban experiences.” The office’s built work includes the PR34 House and Falcon Headquarters, both in Mexico City; Nestle Chocolate Museum in Toluca, Mexico; and the Nestle Application Group in Queretaro, Mexico. Ongoing projects include Code Horizon, Dubai; Pulse Tower, Monterrey; and Tori Tori Restaurant, Mexico City.


Rojkind arquitectos was featured in Architectural Record’s 2005 Design Vanguard and is the recipient of the Iaakov Chernikov Prize, and was nominated for the Marcus Prize and the Ordos Prize. Widely exhibited, the firm’s work has been included in the traveling exhibition, “Contemporary Mexican Architectures,” the 2008 Venice Biennale, and the Vitra exhibition, “Open House: Intelligent Living by Design,” as part of the World Forum of Architecture and Design in Essen, Germany. Rojkind studied architecture and urban planning at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. The firm’s work has also been included in numerous book surveys and publications including Abitare, Architectural Record, Metropolis, Domus, and Dwell.

sumo2Sunil Bald and Yolande Daniels are founding partners of the New York architecture and design studio SUMO. Founded in 1997, the firm “responds to contextual forces that include the physical, social, cultural, and historical conditions of site, program, and type, [while striving] for solutions that are inventive and unexpected.” Often working in the public realm, studio SUMO’s built work includes the Josai University School of Business Management, Sakado, Japan; the Museum of African Diaspora Art, Brooklyn; Leaney Harlem Duplex, Harlem; and interior space for the Museum of African Art in Long Island City. Current projects include Mitan Housing, Miami; Mizuta Museum of Art, Sakado, Japan; and the International Student Dormitory, JIU University, Togane, Japan.

Studio SUMO has received numerous awards from the AIA and was listed in the 2006 Design Vanguard from Architectural Record. The firm was selected in 1999 to participate in the League’s Young Architects Forum and was a 2002 finalist in MoMA/PS1’s Young Architects Program. Their work has been widely exhibited, including at the Museum of Modern Art and the Venice Biennale and has been published in Architectural Record, House and Garden, The New York Times, Dwell, Metropolis, Azure, and numerous other publications and surveys. Sunil Bald received his B.S. in biology from the University of California Santa Cruz and his M.Arch from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. He currently teaches at the Yale School of Architecture. Yolande Daniels received her B.Arch from City College and her M.Arch from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. She is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation.


Tickets are free for League members; $10 for non-members. Members may reserve a ticket by e-mailing: rsvp@archleague.org. Member tickets will be held at the check-in desk; unclaimed tickets will be released fifteen minutes after the start of the program. Non-members may purchase tickets here, beginning one week before each program until six hours before the program start. Purchased tickets are available for pick-up at the venue check-in desk and are non-refundable.

For more information, email info@archleague.org or call 212.753.1722 x13. AIA and New York State continuing education credits are available.

Emerging Voices is generously supported by Maharam. The Emerging Voices program is also supported by the Next Generation Fund of the Architectural League. For a listing of contributions to the Next Generation Fund, please click here.

Architectural League programs are supported, in part, by public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

Images from top left to bottom right:  rojkind arquitectos, Nestle Chocolate Museum. Photo: ©Paúl Rivera / archphoto.com; Studio SUMO, Josai School School of Management. Photo: Nacasa Ltd.; rojkind arquitectos, Code Horizon Dubai. Render: courtesy of rojkind arquitectos; Studio SUMO, Josai School School of Management. Photo: Nacasa Ltd.

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