Emerging Voices:
Slade Architecture; UrbanLab



Emerging Voices: Slade Architecture; UrbanLab
Hayes Slade and James Slade; Sarah Dunn and Martin Felsen

Wednesday, March 17, 2010
6:45 p.m.
New Museum
235 Bowery
1.5 HSW CEUs

The third evening of the 27th annual Emerging Voices lecture series, featuring Slade Architecture and UrbanLab.

EV10-Slade-Staten_Island_Zoo_EntryNew York’s Slade Architecture led by partners James Slade and Hayes Slade seeks “to develop the unique characteristics of each project” and “to engage the occupant or viewer by testing their experience/perception of the space.” Current projects include a 500,000 SF residential development in Williamsburg; a zoo renovation in Staten Island; two freestanding residences, one in China, the other in Pennsylvania; and the renovation of HELP/Family Residence Housing Complex in Brooklyn. Recently completed projects include the Barbie Store Shanghai, Aperture Foundation Headquarters, and a number of apartments and offices. Previous to the founding of Slade Architecture in 2002, James Slade was in partnership with Min Cho in Cho Slade Architecture.

The firm is the recipient of numerous AIA New York Design Awards, Interior Design Best of Year Project Design Awards, and a Progressive Architecture Award Citation. Their work has been exhibited at the Venice Biennale and ART Basel, and has been published in Architectural Record, Architecture, Dwell, Interior Design, Metropolis, and The New York Times. Slade Architecture was a finalist in the PS1/MoMA Young Architects Program and participates in the New York City DDC Design Excellence Program. Cho Slade Architecture was selected in 2000 to participate in the Architectural League’s Young Architects Forum. Hayes Slade received her M.B.A. from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and a M.Eng and B.S. in Engineering from the College of Engineering at Cornell University. James Slade received his B.A. degree from Cornell University and his M.Arch from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation.


Ev10-UL_Free-Water-District_ClevelandUrbanLab is a research-based architecture and urban design practice led by Sarah Dunn and Martin Felsen. The Chicago-based firm “theorizes that infrastructure can be hybridized, thereby leveraging a technically oriented project into one with cultural qualities.” UrbanLab’s current work addressing issues of urban space through the development of infrastructural and ecological urbanism concepts include Growing Water, an Urban Plan for Chicago; Aurora Masterplan; and Central Open Space for MAC, a park design in South Korea. Built work includes Live+Work, Chicago; Hennepin House in Illinois; and Echo Park House, a residence in Los Angeles.

The firm has been the recipient of numerous AIA awards including design awards in 2007, 2008, and 2009, the 2009 Latrobe Prize, and the 2003 Emerging Visions Award from the AIA Chicago/Chicago Architectural Club. UrbanLab has been published in Architectural Record, Architecture, the New York Times, and Places. Sarah Dunn received her B.A. in architecture from Columbia College, Columbia University and her M.Arch from Columbia’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. She is an Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Martin Felsen received his B.Arch from Virginia Tech and his M.S. in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. He is Studio Associate Professor at Illinois Institute of Technology. They are also co-directors of Archeworks, an alternative design school where students work in multidisciplinary teams with nonprofit partners to create design solutions for social and environmental concerns.


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: UrbanLab, Growing Water Ecoboulevard Zoom. Photo: Michelle Litvin; Slade Architecture, Barbie Shanghai. Photo: Courtesy of Slade Architecture; Slade Architecture, New Entrance for Staten Island Zoo. Photo: Courtesy of Slade Architecture; UrbanLab, Free Water District, Cleveland. Courtesy of UrbanLab

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