The Architectural League Prize is one of North America’s most prestigious awards for young architects and designers. The Prize, established in 1981, recognizes exemplary and provocative work by young practitioners and provides a public forum for the exchange of their ideas. 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 Ajmal Aqtash, Beat Schenk, and Bryan Young. They asked entrants to organize their work under the theme of Overlay, as the term “directs—rather than merely reconstructs—process.” They continued in the Call for Entries: “We are interested in how overlay (iterative, conceptual, and notational) drives discourse, tension between iterations, design solutions, and the parameters by which work is reviewed. Overlay is unique to the designer; the techniques developed are activated overtime with layered meanings to push architectural concepts…Thus submissions might include interpretations of overlay that vary from process to presentation to product to shape and establish your identity as a young practice.”
In addition to the committee members, the 2014 jury consisted of Preston Scott Cohen, Evan Douglis, Florian Idenburg, Jennifer Lee, Charles Renfro, and Annabelle Selldorf. Anne Rieselbach, the League’s Program Director, oversees the program.
Learn more about the 2014 League Prize winners and see installation views from this year’s exhibition in the posts below. Lecture videos and interviews with the winners will be posted in the coming weeks, and a catalogue of their work will be published in the spring of 2015.
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: April 24, 2014
June 24–August 1, 2014 | This exhibition featured work by the 2014 League Prize winners.
Kutan Ayata and Michael Young view the reality of contemporary building as a provocation to the progression of experiments in form, material, and technology.
Claus Benjamin Freyinger and Andrew Holder draw on history to craft unexpected solutions to conventional problems.
By conducting experiments with new treatments for old substances, Adam Fure’s studio promotes architecture’s unique capacity to shape experience.
Purposefully disrupting the notion of “correctness,” Thomas Kelley and Carrie Norman vulgarize, satirize, and reposition (lofty) material to elevate the ordinary.
Jenny Sabin investigates the intersection of architecture and science, and applies insights and theories from biology and mathematics to the design of material structures.
In the third installment of interviews with this year’s Emerging Voices, accompanied by videos from the lecture series, Donald Chong, Betsy Williamson, & Shane Williamson of Williamson Chong Architects and Mauricio Rocha Iturbide & Gabriela Carrillo Valadez of TALLER |MauricioRocha+GabrielaCarrillo| discuss their work.
Susana Torre draws on a 1977 League exhibition and publication on women in the architectural profession to consider the influence that feminism has had on architecture and urban planning and to reflect on how the discourse has and has not changed.
Announcing the five teams selected to participate in a design study, held in partnership with the Center for an Urban Future, that seeks to articulate new architectural, financial, and programmatic possibilities for New York’s branch libraries.
On the occasion of the announcement of the 2014 recipient of the Norden Fund grant, Kerry O’Connor, we highlight two travel reports in our ongoing series featuring grantee’s projects through their essays, photographs, and sketches.