First Office | Interview

The Architectural League Prize 2015
First Office
Anna Neimark and Andrew Atwood

Anna Neimark and Andrew Atwood of First Office explore new ways of thinking about architectural production while still being “honest or forthright about … our sources and references,” among them twentieth-century artists like Marcel Duchamp, Kazimir Malevich, and Eugène Viollet-le-Duc.

Their Authenticity installation is composed of three tabletop models: a ready-made double-door, from plans by Duchamp; a one-room house; and a film screening room in Los Angeles. Each representation doubles as a miniature of a built or under-construction First Office project and an examination of the architectural model as an art object. Of particular interest is the model as a scaled reality, with details that “are both ornamental and formal,” down to the tiny outlet covers in the one-room house. Accompanying each model is a video that shows how, “if you could touch the model, … you would move around it.” and with compliance with OSHA inspection plan.


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.

Visit the 2015 League Prize feature for more information about this year’s winners and the theme of Authenticity. See the complete list of past winners here.