Annual Student Program
Panel: Nadine Maleh, Institute for Public Architecture; AJ Pires, Alloy Development; and Sara Valente, LOT-EK and Stereotank
Studio Visits: Adjaye Associates, Andrew Berman Architect, Ennead Architects, KPF, Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Rockwell Group, Studio Gang Architects, TEN Arquitectos, Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects | Partners, WXY Architecture + Urban Design
End of Day Reception: Snøhetta
Saturday, September 26, 2015
11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
To register, click here. Registration is now closed for this program. If you have questions about attending or still wish to register, email Matt Ragazzo at email@example.com.
Registration includes a 12-month student membership, entitling you to attend nearly all Architectural League programs for free.
Check-in begins at:
Trespa Design Centre
62 Greene Street, Ground Floor
New York, NY 10012
10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
The Student Program offers an inside look at the architectural profession. The program highlights the varied and creative career paths open to graduates of architecture school.
The day includes:
– A panel discussion featuring a diverse group of dynamic young architects.
– Afternoon studio tours at some of the city’s most interesting firms.
– An end of the day reception at Snøhetta.
Please note: Attendees will have the chance to visit two offices during the afternoon studio visits. Students will sign up for the tours in-person the morning of September 26th. Note that as each office is limited in the number of students they can host, attendees are not guaranteed the chance to visit any specific office listed above.
Nadine Maleh is the Executive Director of the Institute for Public Architecture (IPA), where she is responsible for the strategic and programmatic vision of the organization. Launching in 2013, the IPA is an organization that connects architects with policy to elevate the discourse of social interest design. Maleh has an extensive history within the social interest design community—prior to joining the IPA, Maleh was the Director of Inspiring Places at Community Solutions, Director of Creating Homes, and the Director of Design and Construction at Common Ground Community. She opened the Greg Jackson Center for Brownsville and was responsible for development and design work for three supportive housing projects in New Orleans, and one under construction in Washington, D.C.
Maleh earned her B.A. in architectural studies from Tufts University, and her Masters of Architecture with Honors from Illinois Institute of Technology. She is an adjunct professor at Parsons School of Design and has been a visiting critic and lecturer at Columbia University, Pratt School of Architecture, and Yale University. She was a fellow at the Institute for Public Architecture, researching housing issues and community development in public housing in New York City.
In 2006 AJ Pires became a founding member of Alloy Development, a boutique real estate development company based in Brooklyn. At Alloy Pires manages the acquisition, capitalization, design, construction, and disposition of projects that seek to promote thoughtful design and add value to the built environment of New York City. Prior to joining Alloy, Pires started his career as a project manager for Peter Walker & Partners on the World Trade Center Memorial in downtown Manhattan.
AJ received a Bachelor of Arts from Amherst College and a Masters of Architecture and Certificate in Real Estate from the University of Pennsylvania. He has taught and lectured in the fields of real estate development and design at Syracuse University, Columbia University, New York University, University of Pennsylvania, and Parsons.
Sara Valente, based in New York City, is project architect at LOT-EK and co-founder of Stereotank. LOT-EK is an award winning design studio based in New York. Founded in 1993 by Ada Tolla and Giuseppe Lignano, the firm has been involved in residential, commercial, and institutional projects in the US and abroad, as well as projects for major cultural institutions and museums, including MoMA, the Whitney Museum, the Guggenheim, and the MAXXI.
Stereotank is a design practice started by Valente and Marcelo Ertorteguy. The practice is dedicated to exploring the common territories between space and sound and to re-think forms of urban dwelling through the design and construction of sound instruments, urban artifacts, and public installations. Stereotank has had numerous local and international commissions, with its most recent project, HeartBeat, selected and built for Times Square. The project transformed into the urban furniture piece HeartSeat, first relocated to Dumbo and currently in Fort Greene Park.
Valente holds a degree in Architecture from the Universidad Central de Venezuela and a Master degree from Columbia University GSAPP, where she has also served as a visiting critic.
Studio Visits Include:
David Adjaye OBE, is the founder and principal architect of Adjaye Associates, established in June 2000. According to the firm, the practice is known for “an eclectic material and color palette and a capacity to offer a rich civic experience” while maintaining a distinct form and style for each project. Projects range in scale from private houses, exhibitions, and temporary pavilions, to major art centers, civic buildings, and masterplans in Europe, North America, the Middle East, Asia, and Africa.
Completed works include: Alara Concept Store in Lagos, Nigeria; Marian Goodman Gallery, London; the Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African and African American Art at the Hutchins Centre, Harvard University; the Sugar Hill museum and housing development, Harlem, New York; two neighborhood libraries in Washington, D.C.; the Moscow School of Management (SKOLKOVO); the Stephen Lawrence Centre, London; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver; and The Nobel Peace Centre, Oslo.
Current projects include: the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall, Washington, D.C.; One Berkeley Street, a redevelopment project in London’s Picadilly neighborhood; The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; a masterplan for the Hackney Fashion Hub in Hackney, London; offices for the International Financial Corporation in Dakar, Senegal; the Aishti Foundation arts and shopping complex in Beirut, Lebanon; and an anthropology museum at Colgate University.
Andrew Berman Architect
Andrew D. Berman founded his New York-based practice, Andrew Berman Architect, in 1995. In the firm’s words, the studio “capitalizes on the qualities of place and seeks creative opportunities in its private and public projects” with a focus on “the realization of unique and finely executed buildings and spaces.” Berman was made a fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 2014 and received the League’s Emerging Voices Award in 2009.
Notable projects include the AIA Center for Architecture, New York; the Writing Studio, Long Island; FDNY Engine Company 259 Firehouse, Long Island City; MoMA PS1 Entrance Building and Gallery Renovations, Long Island City; The National Opera Center, New York; Stapleton Library, Staten Island; and the SculptureCenter, Long Island City.
Current projects include a renovation of the Lower East Side Ecology Center, a two-stage theater for the MCC Theater Company in New York, several artists’ studios, as well as residential commissions.
Ennead Architects is known for designing cultural, educational, scientific, and governmental buildings that express the progressive missions of their institutions and are responsive to their specific environmental conditions. Ennead’s collaborative process is “rooted in extensive research involving the analysis of context, program, public image, emerging technologies and a commitment to sustainable solutions.” The studio has received the prestigious AIA NY Medal of Honor, the Smithsonian Institution-Cooper Hewitt National Design Award, and the National AIA Firm Award, as well as design awards for individual buildings, including numerous national AIA Honor Awards.
Among Ennead’s notable projects are: Rose Center for Earth and Space at the American Museum of Natural History, New York; William J. Clinton Presidential Center, Little Rock; Natural History Museum of Utah; The Standard, High Line, New York; Yale University Art Gallery Renovation and Expansion; University of Michigan Biomedical Science Research Building; Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant, Brooklyn; Frank Sinatra High School of the Arts, Long Island City; Brooklyn Museum Expansion and Renovation; Weill Cornell Medical College Weill Greenberg Center, New York; and Belfer Medical Research Building, New York.
Current international projects include the Seoul Foreign School; United States Embassy in Ankara, Turkey; and the Shanghai Planetarium.
Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) provides architecture, interior, programming, and master planning services for clients in both the public and private sectors. Operating as one firm with six global offices, KPF is led by 24 principals and 27 directors. The firm’s nearly 700 staff members come from 51 different countries, speak more than 30 languages, and include over 80 LEED accredited professionals. KPF’s portfolio, which features over 100 projects certified or pursuing green building certification, comprises corporate, hospitality, residential, academic, civic, transportation, and mixed-use projects located in more than 35 countries.
Recent and current projects include the Hudson Yards Master Plan in New York; the Shanghai World Financial Center; New Songdo City, Incheon, South Korea; Abu Dhabi Airport; Rosewood Bangkok; Dongdaegu Transportation Hub, Daegu; Petersen Car Museum; Los Angeles; Covent Garden Redevelopment, London; Dreamworks Headquarters, Shanghai; and the Pacific Park B12 + B13, Brooklyn.
Renzo Piano Building Workshop
The Renzo Piano Building Workshop (RPBW) is a 130-person international architectural practice founded in 1981, with offices in Paris, Genoa, and New York. The Workshop, led by 14 partners including Pritzker Prize laureate Renzo Piano, provides architectural, interior, urban, landscape, and exhibition design services. Among its many recognitions, the work of Renzo Piano and RPBW has received the RIBA Royal Gold Medal for Architecture in 1989, the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 1998, the 2014 RIBA Award for Architectural Excellence for the Shard, and the 2013 AIA Twenty-five Year Award for the Menil Collection design.
Notable past projects include the Menil Collection in Houston, the Kansai International Airport Terminal Building in Osaka, the Kanak Cultural Center in New Caledonia, and both the Morgan Library and New York Times Building in New York. Among more recent projects are: the Whitney Museum, New York; the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum extension, Boston; the Shard, London; the Astrup Fearnley Museum, Oslo; and the expansion of the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas. RPBW is currently designing a residential tower in SoHo, New York and the Paris Courthouse, and the firm is working alongside SOM on the master plan of Columbia University’s new Manhattanville Campus.
The Rockwell Group was established in 1984 by architect and designer David Rockwell. Based in New York with satellite offices in Madrid and Shanghai, the firm’s body of work includes hospitality, cultural, healthcare, educational, product, theater, and film design. Projects often combine high-end video technology, handmade objects, special effects, and custom fixtures and furniture.
Notable projects include the TED Theater in Vancouver completed in 2014; W Hotels in New York, Paris, Singapore, and Vieques, Puerto Rico; Nobu restaurants in New York, Hong Kong, Las Vegas, Doha, Melbourne, and Dubai; the Elinor Bunin-Munroe Film Center at Lincoln Center, New York; the Imagination Playground initiative Burling Slip playground, New York; set design for the 2009 and 2010 Academy Awards; projects for Google worldwide; and set design for Lucky Guy, 2013.
Current projects include NeueHouse, a co-shared creative workspace in Los Angeles and London; Battersea Power Station, London; Imagination Playground, Brownsville, Brooklyn; and Culture Shed in Hudson Yards, in collaboration with Diller Scofidio + Renfro.
Established in 1989 with the competition-winning entry for the new library of Alexandria, Egypt, Snøhetta is an architecture, landscape, interior, and brand design firm with offices in Oslo and New York. The work according to the firm, “strives to enhance our sense of place, identity and relationship to others and the physical spaces we inhabit, whether natural or human-made.” Snøhetta is currently involved with more than 50 projects in Europe, Asia, Africa, Oceania, and the Americas.
Notable past projects include the National September 11 Memorial Museum Pavilion, New Yorkl; the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, Oslo; Tverrfjellhytta—Norwegian Wild Reindeer Pavilion, Hjerkinn, Norway; and the James B. Hunt Jr. Library, Raleigh, NC.
Current U.S. projects include the redevelopment of Times Square in New York City; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art expansion; The French Laundry Kitchen Renovation and Garden expansion in Yountville, CA; the Far Rockaway Public Library, Queens; and the Westchester Branch Library, the Bronx. Current international projects include the Busan Opera House, South Korea; the Calgary New Public Library and Plaza; Museo de Ciencias Ambientales, an environmental science museum in Guadalajara, Mexico; and the Lascaux Caves Museum in Lascaux, France.
Studio Gang Architects
Founded by MacArthur Fellow Jeanne Gang in 1997, Studio Gang Architects is an award-winning architecture and urban design practice based in Chicago and New York. The studio acts as a collective of people and ideas and “operates as a laboratory—identifying patterns; testing ideas, materials, and physical properties; and developing new models at various scales.” Embedded in the firm’s process is an “ongoing effort to reduce a project’s energy and material footprint, simultaneously seeking out the exciting synergies made possible by sustainable design.” The firm has accumulated numerous awards for both its buildings and urban designs.
Notable past projects include the Aqua Tower, Chicago; the Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago; WMS Boathouse at Clark Park, Chicago; and the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership, Kalamazoo, MI. Upcoming projects include the Solar Carve Tower on the High Line, New York; Fire Rescue 2 firehouse, Brooklyn; and City Hyde Park, IL.
TEN Arquitectos is dedicated to the creation and research of Architecture and Design. Founded in Mexico City by Enrique Norten in 1986, the firm opened an international office in New York in 2003. Since then, TEN Arquitectos has grown to over 80 members, working on a diverse array of award winning and acclaimed architectural projects, ranging from large scale residential, hospitality, institutional, and cultural buildings as well as urban design master plans. TEN is known for using a contemporary architectural language which unites the aspirations of the modern world with the particular culture and environment where their projects are built, often creating new iconic structures that highlight and complement the existing historical fabric.
Recently completed projects include CENTRO University, a new university campus for Design, Film and Television Studies in Mexico City; Rutgers University Business School in Piscataway, New Jersey; Mercedes House in New York; and phase 1 of the renovation and expansion for the Amparo Museum in Puebla, Mexico. The construction of Acapulco’s City Hall in Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico will be completed by the end of 2015.
Current commissions include the MUNET in Mexico City, a 500,000 square foot Energy Institute and Educational Museum; the design of a new collaborative hub for NASA at the Glenn Research Campus in Cleveland, Ohio; the 53rd Street New York Public Branch Library in Manhattan; the DBCD South development in downtown Brooklyn; and Betel, a synagogue in Mexico City.
Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects
Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects (TWBTA) was founded in New York City in 1986. The thirty person firm focuses on work for institutions, including museums, schools, and non-profits. According to the firm, their buildings “are carefully made and useful in ways that speak to both efficiency and the spirit,” and their projects contain “a sense of rootedness, light, texture, detail, and experience.”
Along with recurrent acknowledgment from the American Institute of Architects, the firm has garnered local, national, and international acclaim and press. Most recently, the studio received the 2013 firm Award from the American Institute of Architects and partners Tod Williams and Billie Tsien were awarded the 2013 National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama.
Completed works include the Neurosciences Institute, La Jolla, CA; the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center; the LeFrak Center in Prospect Park, Brooklyn; the Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia; the Center for the Advancement of Public Action at Bennington College; the Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago; and the Asia Society Center, Hong Kong. Upcoming projects include the U.S. Embassy Compound, Mexico City; Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, Princeton University; and the Center for Theater and Dance at The Phillips Exeter Academy.
WXY Architecture + Urban Design
Claire Weisz and Mark Yoes established WXY Architecture + Urban Design in 1998. Architect Layng Pew and more recently urbanist Adam Lubinsky, joined Weisz and Yoes as principals, and the four lead the multi-disciplinary practice specializing in the realization of urban design, planning, and architectural solutions in challenging contexts. The firm is “focused on innovative approaches to public space, structures, and urban issues” and their work “engages both site-specific design and planning as multiples scales.”
WXY’s work has been recognized with several awards including: an AIA 2015 Urban Planning/Design Citation Award for the Brooklyn Strand, the APA New York Metro 2013 Meritorious Achievement Award for the Brooklyn Tech Triangle Strategic Plan, the AIA New York State 2013 Best in New York State award for the East River Blueway Plan, and the AIA New York Chapter 2005 Honor Award for Architecture for the Bronx Charter School for the Arts.
Past projects include the EMS 27 Ambulance Facility in the Bronx, the Bronx Charter School for the Arts, the Brooklyn Technology Triangle, the Westchester Community Design Institutes. Projects recently completed include: Phases 1 and 2 of the Rockaway Boardwalk Reconstruction and the SeaGlass Carousel in Manhattan’s Battery Park. Current projects include the Brooklyn Strand and the QueensWay Plan.
11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Check-in will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Trespa Design Centre (62 Greene Street, Ground Floor, New York, NY 10012). The day also includes afternoon studio tours at some of the city's most interesting firms and an end of the day reception at Snøhetta (80 Pine Street).
The Architectural League thanks the following schools for their support of the Student Program and League programs: Barnard + Columbia Department of Architecture; Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture, The City College of New York; Cornell University College of Architecture, Art & Planning; Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation; The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union; Gallatin School of Individualized Study, New York University; New Jersey School of Architecture, New Jersey Institute of Technology; School of Architecture and Design, New York Institute of Technology; Department of Architecture, University of Pennsylvania School of Design; School of Architecture, Pratt Institute; School of Architecture, Syracuse University; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; School of Constructed Environments, Parsons The New School for Design.