League Prize 2017: Support
Greg Corso and Molly Hunker
Based in Syracuse, SPORTS was founded by Molly Hunker and Greg Corso in 2010. The studio “approaches architecture in a playful way by balancing rigor and research with amusement and curiosity.” As a result, SPORTS trades on the familiarity of built environment only to destabilize and reimagine its “latent assets” of space, material, and site.
In 2016, the firm won the fourth annual Ragdale Ring design-build competition, for which the architects realized an open-air theatre in Illinois. Their project, Rounds, was designed to adapt to different performance types and audience sizes. In 2012, SPORTS designed and built a temporary installation titled Stay Down, Champion, Stay Down. The installation, located in a gallery along Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, was comprised of a grid of undulating terra cotta floor tiles that swelled in two masses illuminated from below by colored light to reframe the ground plane as well as the iconic walkway just outside the gallery door. SPORTS won the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara’s Pavilion Competition in 2017 with Runaway, which attempts to “architecturalize the aesthetic quality of air in Santa Barbara.” Runaway is comprised of three forms made from colorful steel matrices that can act as seats, tables, and assorted functional surfaces and will appear at different sites throughout the city during its two-year lifespan.
In 2016, SPORTS was featured as a “Firm to Watch” by Architectural Record and as one of Architect magazine’s “Next Progressives.” Corso and Hunker have presented their work in lectures at universities such as the University of Illinois, Chicago and University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Rounds won a 2016 Architects Newspaper “Best of Design” award for a Temporary Installation.
Greg Corso received a Master of Architecture and Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, both from UCLA. He currently teaches at the Syracuse University School of Architecture and has previously taught at the University of Illinois, Chicago School of Architecture, and Woodbury University. He completed a fellowship residency with The MacDowell Colony in 2016
Molly Hunker has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban Geography and Studio Art from Dartmouth College and a Master of Architecture degree from UCLA. She has taught at Woodbury University, the University of Illinois, Chicago School of Architecture, and was a program coordinator and lecturer at UCLA. Hunker currently teaches at the Syracuse University School of Architecture. In 2013, she was awarded the Douglas A. Garofalo Fellowship at the University of Illinois, Chicago School of Architecture.