Architectural League Prize 2014: Overlay

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, their practices, and their Overlay installations through interviews and lecture videos posted below. A catalogue of their work will be published in the spring of 2015.

The Architectural League Prize is made possible with corporate support from Dornbracht and Tischler und Sohn and individual support from Elise Jaffe + Jeffrey Brown.

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; Updated October 14-20, 2014.