Emerging Voices:
de leon & primmer architecture workshop; WXY architecture + urban design


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Emerging Voices: de leon & primmer architecture workshop; WXY architecture + urban design
Roberto de Leon, Jr. & M. Ross Primmer; Claire Weisz, Mark Yoes, & Layng Pew

Introduced by Annabelle Selldorf
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
7:00 p.m.
New Museum
235 Bowery
1.5 CEUs

Click here to watch the 2011 Emerging Voices podcasts.

The second evening of the 29th annual Emerging Voices lecture series, featuring de leon & primmer architecture workshop and WXY architecture + urban design.

Principals Roberto de Leon and M. Ross Primmer established de leon & primmer architecture workshop in 2003 as a design studio focusing on “cultural and civic environments.” Based in Louisville, Kentucky, the studio uses “the contextual specificity of [the] region as an open-ended opportunity for research and investigation.” This localized approach to design has lead the studio to explore traditions of craft and fabrication, ordinary materials, and passive strategies of sustainability focused on a sensitivity to site and climate rather than specialized technological systems. Recent and ongoing projects include the Filson Historical Society Expansion & Campus Master Plan in Louisville; Big Bone Lick State Park Nature Center; Riverview Park and Yew Dell Botanical Gardens both in Crestwood, KY; Mason Lane Farm Operations Facility in Goshen, KY; and United Mail Corporate Headquarters in Louisville. Architectural Record named the firm to its Design Vanguard in 2010. de leon & primmer architecture workshop is the recipient of numerous AIA Kentucky Honor and Merit awards.

Roberto de Leon received his Bachelor of Art in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley and his Master of Architecture from Harvard University. M. Ross Primmer received his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Kent State University and his Master of Architecture from Harvard University.

WXY architecture + urban design was founded in 1998 as Weisz + Yoes by Claire Weisz and Mark Yoes. In 2009, the New York-based studio renamed itself WXY to reflect the ethos of the firm and the addition of a third partner, Layng Pew. The firm is known for the realization of innovative architecture by means of public and community-initiated commissions. Its work ranges from single buildings to public landscapes to urban design plans to urban furniture, including The Battery Bosque and Sea Glass Carousel in lower Manhattan; the Hudson River Park Activities Buildings; the Bronx Charter School for the Arts; NYPD Security Kiosks; the NYC Information Center; Fordham Plaza Conceptual Master Plan; and Nanhe River Landscape Bridge in Xinjin, China. Weisz + Yoes was selected by the League in 1998 to participate in its Young Architects Forum and was recognized in 2006 as a Design Innovator by Chrysler/House Beautiful. Claire Weisz edited the AD issue Extreme Sites: Greening the Brownfield.

Claire Weisz received her professional degree from the University of Toronto and her Master of Architecture from Yale University. She currently is on the faculty of New York University’s Wagner School of Public Policy and was on the founding board for The Design Trust for Public Space. Mark Yoes received his Bachelor of Architecture from Rice University and his Master of Architecture from Yale University School of Architecture. Layng Pew received his Bachelor of Art in Architecture and Master of Architecture from Yale.

Annabelle Selldorf is principal of Selldorf Architects and is the current President of the Architectural League of New York. She served on this year’s Emerging Voices committee.

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 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 left to right: de leon & primmer architecture workshop, Mason Lane Farm Operations Facility, Goshen, Kentucky, 2009. Image courtesy of de leon & primmer architecture workshop; WXY architecture + urban design, NYC Information Center. Photo: Paul Warchol.

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