Annual Student Program


past programs

Panelists: Peter Mullan, Georgeen Theodore, Adam Yarinsky
Studio Visits: Arup, Buro Happold, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF), Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis (LTL Architects), NBBJ, SHoP, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), Steven Holl Architects, Toshiko Mori Architect, and WORKac
End of Day Reception: Snøhetta

Saturday, October 2, 2010
11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Registration begins at:
Trespa Design Centre
62 Greene Street
Ground Floor
New York, NY 10012

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 at Snøhetta.

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, such as tours, site visits, and roundtable discussions; invitations to exhibition previews; and more…

Registration for the 2010 Student Program is now closed.  Please email with any questions.

For a PDF of this year’s poster, click here.

Panelists are:
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pm-DSR-Highline-09-08-0788Peter Mullan
Vice President for Planning & Design, Friends of the High Line


Peter Mullan is Vice President for Planning and Design for Friends of the High Line, a private not-for-profit entity responsible for the origination and operation of a new public open space on the historic High Line elevated rail structure on the West Side of Manhattan. In that capacity, he is responsible for all aspects of the physical development of the structure, including planning, design, and construction. As the organization’s primary liaison with the City of New York, he is responsible for policy decisions related to the operation of the High Line, including agreements with adjacent developers.

Mullan is also responsible for the organization’s ongoing advocacy efforts to preserve and redevelop Section 3 of the High Line at the West Side Rail Yards, which has resulted in its successful inclusion in the rezoning of the Western Rail Yards in 2009 and the City’s current ULURP application to acquire the remaining portions of the High Line north of 30th Street, over the West Side Yards.

Prior to 2004, Mullan was a designer and project manager at Polshek Partnership Architects, where he focused on master planning and museum projects for universities. Projects included the Yale University Art Gallery and the Yale Arts Area Master Plan, the Ackland Art Museum and the Arts Common Master Plan at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant.

He is currently Vice President of the Fine Arts Federation, a member of the Board of Directors of the Architectural League of New York, and was a member of the Save Gansevoort Market Task Force that was successful in creating the Gansevoort Market Historic District. He is a graduate of the Yale School of Architecture and of Princeton University.

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Partner, Interboro Partners

Georgeen Theodore is an architect, urban designer, and Assistant Professor at New Jersey Institute of Technology’s College of Architecture and Design, where she is the Director of the Infrastructure Planning program. She is a founding partner and principal of Interboro, a New York City-based architecture and planning research office. Since its founding in 2002, Interboro has worked with a variety of public, private, and not-for-profit clients, and has accumulated many awards for its innovative projects, including the AIA New York Chapter’s 2006 New Practices Award, and the Architectural League’s 2005 Young Architects Award. Recent work includes completing “LentSpace,” a temporary outdoor cultural space in New York City, curating “Community,” the American portion of the 2009 Rotterdam Architecture Biennale, and creating the first neighborhood redevelopment plan of the Booker administration in Newark, New Jersey.


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Principal, Architecture Research Office (ARO)


Adam Yarinsky is principal and co-founder, with Stephen Cassell, of Architecture Research Office (ARO). ARO has completed more than seventy-five projects for clients such as Goldman Sachs, Princeton University, Prada, and the Alliance for Downtown New York. The firm’s portfolio of work includes civic, academic, commercial, residential, and conceptual architecture. Current projects include the renovation of Union Square’s historic pavilion plus a new building at the park’s northeast corner; a riverfront education center and recreational pavilion in Beacon, NY; a new entrance building at Brooklyn Botanic Garden; a new theater complex in Lower Manhattan; and a museum dedicated to the life and work of sculptor Donald Judd. A two-time finalist for the National Design Award for Architecture, ARO has received wide recognition including three AIA National Honor Awards and the League’s Emerging Voices award. The American Academy of Arts and Letters honored ARO with the 2010 Academy Award for Architecture.

Yarinsky holds an undergratuate degree in Architecture from the University of Virginia and a Master of Architecture from Princeton University. He has taught widely across the United States. He is also the co-author of On the Water: Palisade Bay, the recently published book documenting research performed as part of the 2007-2009 AIA Latrobe Prize fellowship, an investigation into how rising sea levels will impact New York City. It is the basis for Rising Currents: Projects for New York’s Waterfront, an exhibition now on display at The Museum of Modern Art.

Studio visits include:


Arup as designer, researcher, or consultant, is creatively involved with many of the world’s most prominent projects in the built environment. The firm’s services include building design, economics and planning, infrastructure design, management consulting, and specialist technical services. Arup has 90 offices in 35 countries with 10,000 planners, designers, engineers, and consultants.

Founded in 1946 by engineer Ove Arup, the firm has roughly 10,000 projects going on at any given time. The firm’s structure – held in trust on behalf of its employees – ensures that Arup “retains its independent spirit and fosters a distinctive culture and an intellectual independence that encourages collaborative working.”

The firm’s work includes collaborations with many of the world’s leading architects on buildings such as Herzog & de Meuron’s Beijing National Stadium (Bird’s Nest), OMA’s CCTV Headquarters, Renzo Piano Building Workshop’s California Academy of Sciences, and Morphosis’s San Francisco Federal Building; high speed rail, transportation planning, and urban rail systems, including New York’s Second Avenue Subway and Fulton Street Transit Station; and sustainable town and city planning.

Buro Happold
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Buro Happold is a global, integrated, multidisciplinary engineering firm providing a complete range of services dealing with the built environment. Originally established as a building engineering consultancy, the firm continues to offer the full range of engineering services: structural engineering, MEP engineering, environmental engineering, sustainability consulting, energy engineering, computation & simulation analysis, master planning, geotechnical engineering, facade engineering, fire and life safety engineering, lighting design, and project management services.

Buro Happold practices from a worldwide network of 27 offices located in 12 countries. The practice is a privately owned partnership and is organized around multidisciplinary groups of no more than 20 engineers in size. Originally set up by Professor Sir Ted Happold in 1976 and today comprising 50 partners, Buro Happold works on a diverse range of projects, including the High Line, NY (with James Corner Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro); Experimental Media and Performing Arts Centre, RPI, Troy, NY (with Grimshaw); Shigeru Ban’s Nomadic Museum; the Abu Dhabi Louvre (with Jean Nouvel); the masterplan for Beitun New City in China; and the installation Voissoir Cloud (with IwamotoScott at SCI-arc).

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Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) provides architectural, interior, and urban design as well as programming and master planning services for clients in both the public and private sectors. With offices in New York, London, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Seoul and Abu Dhabi, KPF has over 550 staff members who come from 43 different countries and speak more than 30 languages. KPF’s diverse portfolio includes corporate, hospitality, residential, academic, civic, transportation, and mixed-use projects located in more than 35 countries.


The firm’s recent work includes the Abu Dhabi International Airport, the Shanghai World Financial Center, the International Commerce Centre in Hong Kong, New Songdo City in Korea, the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas, the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, the RBC Centre and Ritz-Carlton in Toronto, and The Pinnacle, Heron Tower and Unilever House in London.

LTL-Bornhuetter-courtLewis.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. 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, Carnegie Museum of Art and the U.S. Pavilion at the 2004 Venice Architecture Biennale. Their work is featured in Rising Currents at the Museum of Modern Art from March 24-October 10, 2010 and proposes design strategies for New York’s Harbor in response to impending sea level rise due to global warming. Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis are the authors of Opportunistic Architecture (2008) and Situation Normal….Pamphlet Architecture #21 (1998). Current work includes Arthouse, a contemporary art center in Austin, Texas, a villa in Ordos, Inner Mongolia, and a new administrative campus for the Claremont University Consortium in Claremont, California. 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.

The Sail @ Marina BayNBBJ

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For over 60 years, NBBJ has been a leading global architecture and design firm in fields such as healthcare, education, hospitality, business, and retail.

Specialized studios exist within the larger structure of the firm at offices in eleven locations across the globe, including New York, Beijing, Shanghai, Dubai, London, Seattle, and Los Angeles. The integration of architecture, interiors, planning, and landscaping is critical to the firm’s design process.

The firm describes its design approach and goals as: “We understand that the use of buildings changes over time. Innovative design does not preclude change. Indeed, it embraces it—provided its underpinnings are logical, user-sensitive, and fundamental to the success of the organization. NBBJ has always believed that the balance of rigorous, business-driven thinking and transcendent creativity can inspire exceptional results.”

Clients include Stanford University, Boeing, Reebok, and Massachusetts General Hospital.


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As both practitioners and educators, SHoP’s commitment to challenging the process of building seeks to prove that “beauty and technological proficiency are not mutually exclusive.” They state: “We look at an entire project and consider the site, the cultural and economic environment, a client’s physical needs and budget constraints, as well as construction techniques, branding, marketing, and post-occupancy issues…Great architecture demands that design, finance, and technology work together – we’re combining these forces in innovative ways to create a new model for the profession.”

SHoP’s current work includes the Barclays Center at Atlantic Yards in Brooklyn; a two-mile esplanade and park for The City of New York along the East River Waterfront; projects for the Fashion Institute of Technology; and the new Botswana Innovation Hub in Gabarone, Botswana. In addition to the partners, the office is currently comprised of 60 staff members and is located near City Hall in Lower Manhattan. SHoP recently received the 2009 National Design Award in Architecture Design from the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, as well as a 2008 SBIC Beyond Green High Performance Building Award.



Snøhetta began as a collaborative office in 1989 when its members designed the competition-winning entry for the Alexandria Library in Egypt. Since that time, Snøhetta has formed an office in Oslo, Norway and in New York City in 2004 after winning the commission to design the National September 11 Memorial Museum Pavilion at the World Trade Center site. Since its inception Snøhetta has always been formed by an atmosphere where in-house architects, landscape architects, and interior architects all work together to create the conceptual development of a design. Today the company consists of 155 staff across both offices.

The collaborative and multi-national character of the office has allowed it to work in a wide range of cultural contexts from Asia to Africa, Europe and the Americas. The company’s most well-known buildings have included the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Egypt and the National Opera and Ballet of Norway in Oslo. Both of these projects have received considerable accolades including the 2009 Mies Van der Rohe Award for European Architecture and the World Architecture Award in 2001 and 2009. Recently, Snøhetta was awarded the project to redesign Times Square as well as the commission to design an expansion for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

SOM-DMC-TowerSkidmore, 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.

The firm was responsible for the design and construction of America’s tallest building, the 4,600,000-square-foot, 109-story Sears Tower in Chicago. Other signature projects include Lever House in New York; the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado; the John Hancock Tower in Chicago; and the Bank of America World Headquarters in San Francisco.

SOM, which has its headquarters on Wall Street, is currently playing a major role in the rebuilding of downtown New York City. SOM is designing World Trade Center Tower 1, also known as the 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 Moynihan Station in New York; 101 Warren Street, a high-rise residential tower in Tribeca; 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.

SHA-2006831NAMA_-0356d-copySteven Holl Architects


Steven Holl Architects (SHA) is a 50-person architecture and urban design office working globally as one office from two locations; New York City and Beijing. Steven Holl leads the office with partners Chris McVoy (New York) and Li Hu (Beijing). The firm has realized architectural works nationally and overseas, with extensive experience in the arts (including museum, gallery, and exhibition design), campus and educational facilities, and residential work. Other projects include retail design, office design, public utilities, and master planning. With each project Steven Holl Architects explores “new ways to integrate an organizing idea with the programmatic and functional essence of a building…While anchoring each work in its specific site and circumstance, we endeavor to obtain a deeper beginning in the experience of time, space, light and materials.”

Recent projects include The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, MO; The Lake Whitney Water Purification Facility and Park, CT; Linked Hybrid, Beijing; Vanke Center, Shenzhen, China; the Knut Hamsun Center, Hamaroy, Norway; the Herning Museum of Contemporary Art, Herning, Denmark; and the School of Art and Art History at the University of Iowa in Iowa. Steven Holl is a tenured faculty member at Columbia University where he has taught since 1981. Awards include numerous AIA Honor Awards, the Smithsonian Institute’s Cooper Hewitt National Design Award in Architecture, the Alvar Aalto Medal, 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.

TMORI_House-in-GarrisonToshiko Mori Architect


Toshiko Mori Architect is known for its ecologically sensitive siting strategies, historical context, and innovative use of materials. The firm’s research-based approach to design has been applied to a broad range of programs including civic, institutional, cultural, residential, museum and exhibition design. The firm’s work includes a visitor center for Frank Lloyd Wright’s Darwin D. Martin House and institutional projects for Syracuse University and Brown University. The firm was selected twice for the New York City’s Department of Design and Construction’s Design and Construction Excellence program, and won four competitions for the program’s public and urban infrastructure projects. Other work includes a park visitor center for the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, and residential projects in New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, Florida, Taiwan and Mongolia. TMA is also included on the design team for NYU’s strategic masterplan.

The 13-person firm continues “to engage in an architecture of material exploration, technological invention, and theoretical provocation.” In 2003 Mori, was awarded the Cooper Union Inaugural John Hejduk Award. In 2005, she received the Academy Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Medal of Honor from the New York City chapter of the AIA. She is also Vice-Chair of the Global Agenda Council on Designing Complex Systems for the World Economic Forum.


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WORK Architecture Company (WORKac) was founded in 2003 by Amale Andraos and Dan Wood. Based in New York, WORKac strives “to develop architectural and urban projects that engage culture and consciousness, nature and artificiality, surrealism and pragmatism.” WORKac is involved in projects at all scales, ranging from a masterplan for the new BAM cultural district in Brooklyn, to a single-family villa in Inner Mongolia, China. Recently completed projects include the installation ‘Public Farm 1’ at PS1/MoMA and the new headquarters for Diane von Furstenberg; current work includes the new Kew Gardens Hills Library in Queens, the extension of the Clark Art Institute at Mass MoCA, a new Children’s Museum for the Arts and the first Edible Schoolyard New York City with Alice Waters’ Chez Panisse Foundation. In addition, WORKac’s entry for the redesign of Hua Qiang Bei Road, Shenzhen, was recently awarded first place in an international competition.

In 2009, WORKac was honored as a Finalist for a National Design Award. The practice is supplemented by the partners’ academic involvement. Together they teach at Princeton University, focusing on the relationship between ecology and urbanism. This research is the subject of their book 49 Cities, published in 2009 by the Storefront for Art and Architecture.

The League thanks the Trespa Design Centre for generously hosting the panel discussion and registration portions of the Student Program; and Snøhetta for the end of day reception and office visit.

The Architectural League thanks the following schools for their support of the Student Program: Architecture Department, Tyler School of Art, Temply University; Barnard + Columbia Department of Architecture; Bernard and Anne Spitzer College of Architecture, The City College of New York; Cornell University College of Architecture, Art & Planning; Department of Architecture, University of Pennsylvania School of Design; Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University; The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union; New Jersey School of Architecture, New Jersey Institute of Technology; Parsons The New School for Design, School of Constructed Environments; Princeton University School of Architecture; School of Architecture, Pratt Institute; and Syracuse University School of Architecture.

Images from top to bottom: Past student programs; “Rising Currents” – View of ARO and dlandstudio’s “New Urban Ground” proposal for Lower Manhattan. Part of MoMA’s Rising Currents exhibition, 2010, image courtesy of ARO; Songdo Block D24 ©HOK; Curtis R Priem Experiemental Media and Performing Arts Center, ©Paul Rivera; Barclays Center Arena in Brooklyn, New York, courtesy of SHoP; Norwegian National Opera and Ballet<br>Image courtesy of Snøhetta; The DMC Tower, Seoul, South Korea, courtesy of SOM; Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, (Kansas City, Missouri), 1999-2007, © Andy Ryan; House in Garrison Image © Iwan Baan; Diane von Furstenberg Studio Headquarters – Meatpacking District, NY. Photo by Elizabeth Felicella.