The Architectural League Prize is one of North America’s most prestigious awards for young architects and designers. The Prize, established in 1981, recognizes specific works of high quality and encourages the exchange of ideas among young people who might otherwise not have a forum. Each year the Architectural League and the Young Architects + Designers Committee organize a portfolio competition. Six winners are then invited to present their work in a variety of public fora, including lectures, an exhibition, a catalogue published by Princeton Architectural Press, and here on the League’s website. For a complete list of past winners, click here.
The Young Architects + Designers Committee, a group selected each year from past winners of the League Prize, is responsible for developing the program’s theme and selecting competition jurors. This year’s committee members were Benjamin Aranda, Seung Teak Lee, and Michael Szivos. The theme, Range, reflects the committee’s perception of young architects’ careers as explorations of “potential boundaries with practices that are radical, that search the edges of the discipline to find its limits.” The committee called for designers to express “the range [they] operate within and how that range reacts as [they] encounter perceived limits of the profession.” The winning designers explored the formal and methodological possibilities of “range” from large-scale landscapes to intricate objects.
In addition to the committee members, the 2013 jury consisted of Teresita Fernandez, Paul Lewis, Thom Mayne, Charles Waldheim, and Meejin Yoon. Anne Rieselbach, the League’s Program Director, oversees the program.
On May 13, 2013, we published a feature with information on each 2013 League Prize winner and slideshows of their work. Now available are expanded posts, including in-depth interviews with the Prize winners and a photographic overview of the League Prize exhibition. A catalogue of their work will also be published in spring 2014.
The Architectural League Prize is generously supported by Dornbracht, Microsol Resources, Monadnock Construction, Inc., Susan Grant Lewin Associates, and Tischler und Sohn. The League Prize program is also supported by the Next Generation Fund of the Architectural League. Architectural League programs are additionally supported, in part, by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State legislature and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
Published: May 13, 2013. Updated: November 11 & 18, 2013.
An overview of the 2013 exhibition with photos by David Sundberg and Alexandra Hay.
An interview with Luis Callejas and Melissa Naranjo touching on their approach to large-scale landscape projects and to drawing and representation in their exploration of new forms of public realms.
Bryan Young discusses his design studio’s strategies for reframing contemporary modes of perception.
An interview with Brandon Clifford and Wes McGee of Ann Arbor- and Boston-based Matter Design, a firm known for the marriage of the partners’ dedication to design and proficiency in fabrication.
An interview with Rafael Luna and Dongwoo Yim, in which they discuss their holistic view of the architect as a researcher, practitioner, theorist, and visionary.
An interview with Skylar J.E. Tibbits, in which he explains how his prototype development crosses disciplines from architecture and design to fabrication, computer science, and robotics.
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Watch interviews and lectures from the six winners of the 2015 Architectural League Prize: Clark Thenhaus, Erin Besler, First Office, Landing Studio, mcdowellespinosa, and Thom Moran.