SIFT Studio

The Architectural League Prize 2014
SIFT Studio
Adam Fure

Through his Ann Arbor design practice, SIFT Studio, Adam Fure works to enliven “old substances through new treatments; composing new aesthetic mixtures from the matter at [one’s] fingertips.” Through these experiments, SIFT Studio “promotes architecture’s unique capacity to shape experience, which is neither essentialized nor thought to be static and singular.” Recent work includes a multimedia installation in Stuttgart, Germany, that transforms space, sound, and light into variable dimensions and a conceptual mirror house that was a finalist for BOFFO Building Fashion’s Linda Farrow competition in 2013.

SIFT Studio is one of the winners of the 2014 Architectural League Prize, 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 — through lectures, an exhibition, and a catalogue — for the exchange of their ideas.

In the interview above, Fure describes the development of his aesthetics as responding to the smooth and glossy white world of digital renderings by engaging materials directly to create rough, messy, and even ugly forms. His Overlay installation is one project, “Rocks,” presented through three forms of representation: models, drawings, and photographs. In describing his installation, Fure shares his thoughts on layers of material articulation, types of representation, and his plans to scale up the project.


Adam Fure, SIFT Studio, League Prize 2014, complete lecture video | Recorded June 24, 2014 

In his League Prize lecture, “Sugar Cubes and Moon Rocks,” Fure revisits Georges Bataille’s concept of l’informe, which encourages his interest in altering and deforming materials through custom techniques. Fure presents six projects: Hover, Artifacts, Mirror Mirror, Michigan House, Other Grounds, and Rocks that explore the articulation of form, experiment with materiality, and navigate the relationship of objects to nature.

Click the image to launch a slideshow of work by SIFT Studio.

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Adam Fure received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan and a Masters of Architecture with Distinction from the Department of Architecture and Urban Design at the University of California Los Angeles in 2006. He is an Assistant Professor at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan.

The Architectural League Prize, established in 1981, recognizes exemplary and provocative work by young practitioners and provides a public forum for the exchange of their ideas.

Visit the 2014 League Prize feature for more information about this year’s winners, the theme of Overlay, and photos of the exhibition installation. See the complete list of past winners here.

Artifacts | courtesy of SIFT Studio

Artifacts | courtesy of SIFT Studio

Michigan House | courtesy of SIFT Studio

Hover, with Ashley Fure, composer | courtesy of SIFT Studio

Chandelier | photo: Michael Haas

Stubble Step, with Ellie Abrons | courtesy of SIFT Studio

Stubble Step, with Ellie Abrons | courtesy of SIFT Studio

Veer, with Ashley Fure, composer | courtesy of SIFT Studio

Veer, with Ashley Fure, composer | photo: SIFT Studio