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 architecture, 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 over 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 Cynthia Davidson, Susannah Drake, Mario Gooden, Louise Harpman, Paul Lewis, Toshiko Mori, Thomas Phifer, and Billie Tsien. Emerging Voices is organized by League Program Director Anne Rieselbach.
The eight winners lectured in New York in March 2015. Below view lecture videos, read roundtable conversations, and see photo slideshows on each Emerging Voice.
Published: February 3, 2015; updated April 20 & 27, May 11 & 26, June 15, 2015.
Emerging Voices is generously supported by Elise Jaffe + Jeffrey Brown, Maharam, and the Next Generation Fund of The Architectural League. Additional support is provided by The Mexican Cultural Institute of New York. Emerging Voices is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Architectural League programs are 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.
Pairing natural and machine-made materials in elegant form-making, AMBROSI | ETCHEGARAY designs in harmony with nature and continuity with the past.
The Mediated Matter Group at the MIT Media Lab is concerned with “nature-inspired design and design-inspired nature.”
ATELIER ARS°’s projects combine the structural clarity and forms of modernism with a deep appreciation for local craftsmanship and the handmade.
Working at the intersection of digital fabrication and the handmade, Merge Architects seeks “invention in the ordinary” at scales from furniture to multi-family housing.
Observation, investigation, and artistry drive Studio Roberto Rovira to seek the “inherent power” of moments of collision between the built and natural world.
ISA’s philosophy of “radical pragmatism” inspires formally compelling design that has an economy of means and strong environmental agenda.
Design driven by computation and algorithm, often growing from one repeated module, defines Aranda\Lasch’s projects from installations to buildings.
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