Emerging Voices: Brian Bell and David Yocum; Frida Escobedo

March

(T) Frida Escobedo, Taller de Arquitectura | Civic State, Lisbon, Portugal | Photo © Delfino Legnani | (B) BLDGS | Congregation Or Hadash - Courtyard, Sandy Springs, GA | Photo © Jonathan Hillyer

Click for more images | (T) Frida Escobedo, Taller de Arquitectura | Civic State, Lisbon, Portugal | Photo © Delfino Legnani | (B) BLDGS | Congregation Or Hadash – Courtyard, Sandy Springs, GA | Photo © Jonathan Hillyer

BLDGS | Congregation Or Hadash - Courtyard, Sandy Springs, GA | Photo © Jonathan Hillyer

BLDGS | Congregation Or Hadash – Courtyard, Sandy Springs, GA | Photo © Jonathan Hillyer

BLDGS | Congregation Or Hadash - Sanctuary, Sandy Springs, GA | Photo © Fredrik Brauer

BLDGS | Congregation Or Hadash – Sanctuary, Sandy Springs, GA | Photo © Fredrik Brauer

BLDGS | Caddell Building, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA | Photo © Fredrik Brauer

BLDGS | Caddell Building, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA | Photo © Fredrik Brauer

BLDGS | Burned House, Atlanta, GA | Photo © BLDGS

BLDGS | Burned House, Atlanta, GA | Photo © BLDGS

BLDGS | House in an Urban Forest, Atlanta, GA | Photo © BLDGS

BLDGS | House in an Urban Forest, Atlanta, GA | Photo © BLDGS

BLDGS | Octane, High Museum, Atlanta, GA | Photo © Jonathan Hillyer

BLDGS | Octane, High Museum, Atlanta, GA | Photo © Jonathan Hillyer

BLDGS | Villa de Murph - Courtyard, Atlanta, GA | Photo © Dwight Eschliman

BLDGS | Villa de Murph – Courtyard, Atlanta, GA | Photo © Dwight Eschliman

BLDGS | Steelcase Headquarters Addition (Invited Competition), Grand Rapids, MI | Image © BLDGS

BLDGS | Steelcase Headquarters Addition (Invited Competition), Grand Rapids, MI | Image © BLDGS

BLDGS | Museum of Art Lima, Contemporary Art Wing, Lima, Peru | Image © BLDGS

BLDGS | Museum of Art Lima, Contemporary Art Wing, Lima, Peru | Image © BLDGS

Frida Escobedo, Taller de Arquitectura | Civic State, Lisbon, Portugal | Photo © Catarina Botello

Frida Escobedo, Taller de Arquitectura | Civic State, Lisbon, Portugal | Photo © Catarina Botello

Frida Escobedo, Taller de Arquitectura | Civic State, Lisbon, Portugal | Photo © Delfino Legnani

Frida Escobedo, Taller de Arquitectura | Civic State, Lisbon, Portugal | Photo © Delfino Legnani

Frida Escobedo, Taller de Arquitectura | La Tallera, Cuernacava, Mexico | Photo © Rafael Gamo

Frida Escobedo, Taller de Arquitectura | La Tallera, Cuernacava, Mexico | Photo © Rafael Gamo

Frida Escobedo, Taller de Arquitectura | La Tallera, Cuernacava, Mexico | Photo © Rafael Gamo

Frida Escobedo, Taller de Arquitectura | La Tallera, Cuernacava, Mexico | Photo © Rafael Gamo

Frida Escobedo, Taller de Arquitectura | La Tallera, Cuernacava, Mexico | Photo © Rafael Gamo

Frida Escobedo, Taller de Arquitectura | La Tallera, Cuernacava, Mexico | Photo © Rafael Gamo

Frida Escobedo, Taller de Arquitectura | Octavio Paz Library, Mexico City | Photo © Rafael Gamo

Frida Escobedo, Taller de Arquitectura | Octavio Paz Library, Mexico City | Photo © Rafael Gamo

Frida Escobedo, Taller de Arquitectura | Octavio Paz Library, Mexico City | Photo © Rafael Gamo

Frida Escobedo, Taller de Arquitectura | “You Know, You Cannot See Yourself So Well as by Reflection,” pavilion, Victoria & Albert Museum, London | Photo © Victoria & Albert Museum

Emerging Voices 2017

Brian Bell and David Yocum, Principals, BLDGS, Atlanta, Georgia
Frida Escobedo, Principal, Frida Escobedo, Taller de Arquitectura, Mexico City
Introduced by Sunil Bald

1.5 AIA and New York State CEUs

The first evening of the annual Emerging Voices lecture series features Brian Bell and David Yocum of BLDGS; and Frida Escobedo of Frida Escobedo, Taller de Arquitectura. Emerging Voices 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.


Brian Bell and David Yocum are the founding principals of BLDGS, an Atlanta-based firm founded in 2006. Both are professors of architecture at the Georgia Institute of Technology. In their practice, Bell and Yocum undertake extensive research “to reveal what is hidden, and to discover a meaningful role for the unseen and unexpected.” A self-proclaimed responsibility to the civic realm inspires BLDGS to be inclusive of the “complexity of historical, cultural, and natural systems in which we live.” Recent work includes the 2015 School of Building Construction for Georgia Tech, and the Congregation Or Hadash Synagogue, built in 2013, both in Atlanta. Current projects include the firm’s redesign of a windowless 1961 Brutalist-style building on Georgia Tech’s campus to accommodate a maker space for the students of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, which will open in 2017. Both Bell and Yocum received their Master of Architecture degrees from Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

In 2006, Frida Escobedo founded Frida Escobedo, Taller de Arquitectura in Mexico City. Her firm strives to “give room for growth and flexibility” in large-scale public projects, as demonstrated in her 2014 renovation of the Octavio Paz Library in Mexico City, which sought to establish a more fluid relationship between the library, street, and a nearby park, and also in more modest projects such as her 2015 “pavilion” for the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, comprised of conjoined platforms hovering above, and inserted within, the museum’s Northern Italian Renaissance-style courtyard. The studio attempts to “build structures that split away from their object-ness and move towards the accretion of social time.” Other recent projects include a civic stage installed for the 2013 Lisbon Architecture Triennale and “La Tallera” for Museo Siqueiros, the former home and studio of artist David Alfaro Siqueiros, which is now a public gallery in Cuernacava, Mexico. Escobedo received her Master of Design Studies degree from Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

Sunil Bald is a co-founding Principal of the New York-based studioSUMO and a past Emerging Voices winner in 2010. After an initial term as Louis I. Kahn Visiting Assistant Professor at Yale, Bald has continued to teach design studios and visualization at the School. He served on this year’s Emerging Voices committee.

Time & Place
Thursday, March 2, 2017
7:00 p.m.
SVA Theatre
333 West 23rd Street
New York, NY
Tickets
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Support
Emerging Voices is generously supported by Elise Jaffe + Jeffrey Brown. The Emerging Voices program is also supported by the Next Generation Fund of The Architectural League. Architectural League programs are additionally 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 City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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