Each year the League selects eight emerging practitioners through a juried, invited portfolio competition. The Emerging Voices award spotlights individuals and firms based in the United States, Canada, or Mexico with distinct design voices and the potential to influence the disciplines of architecture, landscape design, and urbanism. The jury reviews significant bodies of realized work and considers accomplishments within the design and academic communities. The work of each Emerging Voice represents the best of its kind, and addresses larger issues within architecture, landscape, and the built environment.
Being named an Emerging Voice by The Architectural League is one of the most coveted awards in North American architecture, and the program is notable for its thirty-year history of identifying and nurturing firms that go on to have influential practices. For a complete list of past winners, click here.
This year’s jury included Fred Bernstein, Paul Lewis, Kate Orff, Thomas Phifer, Annabelle Selldorf, and Adam Yarinsky. Emerging Voices is organized by League Program Director Anne Rieselbach.
The eight winners each lectured in New York in March 2014. For more information on those lectures, click here. Now available are original interviews with each Emerging Voice below as well as videos of their lectures.
Published: February 6, 2014. Updated: June 16, July 21, August 18, & September 29, 2014.
Emerging Voices is generously supported by Maharam. The Emerging Voices 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 City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
Basar Girit, Aleksey Lukyanov-Cherny, Wes Rozen, and Bradley Samuels engage interdisciplinary practice in design, fabrication, and research to explore a range of spatial issues.
Salvador Macías Corona and Magui Peredo Arenas draw from their local context to create contemporary buildings with traditional craft practices.
Donald Chong, Betsy Williamson, and Shane Williamson marry traditional materials and methods of construction with emerging technologies in work ranging from furniture to master planning.
Mauricio Rocha and Gabriela Carrillo discuss the importance of light and shadows, engaging context, and, above all, designing “spaces for people.”
David Benjamin describes how his practice employs prototyping and research, information technologies, living organisms, and an open source ethos to bring architecture to life.
As a self-proclaimed advocate for cross-species design, Joyce Hwang questions gaps of logic in sustainability and pushes architecture to move beyond an anthropocentric view of the world.
In an interview, lecture video, and project slideshow, Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello discuss the importance of reinvention, experimentation, and creative disruption to their practice.
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