The Architectural League Prize 2015
Anna Neimark and Andrew Atwood
Anna Neimark and Andrew Atwood founded Los Angeles-based design collaborative First Office in 2011.
Titled “Anna Neimark and Andrew Atwood Talk About Models,” the pair’s League Prize lecture details a series of their recent projects, through which runs the theme of “building models after the fact” to illustrate the work. They quickly describe three early projects: Zoopol, a conceptual study for producing a new urban form through the figure/ground plane; a series of monumental furniture parts for the Pinterest headquarters; and the Possible Table exhibition.
Neimark and Atwood then discuss Paranormal Panorama, a panoramic painting at Los Angeles’ MAK Center done completely in shades of white, using a “paint by numbers” specifications book, that gives the gallery a “domestic appearance.” Finally, the Shotgun House in Kentucky re-thinks the interior of that vernacular form by building four pathways into and out of each room, transforming it into a live/work/display space for an artist.
Anna Neimark earned a B.A. in Architecture from Princeton University and an M.Arch from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Andrew Atwood earned a B.A. from the University of Richmond and an M.Arch from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Neimark is a full-time faculty member at SCI-Arc and Atwood is an assistant professor at UC Berkeley.
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.