"Material Process"
Young Architects Forum

Exhibition and Lecture Series by Winners of Twenty-first Annual Young Architects Competition

New York--The Architectural League is pleased to announce six winners in its twenty-first annual competition for young architects and designers. An exhibition of work by the winners will open to the public on May 16 at the Urban Center, 457 Madison Avenue, New York City, and will be on display through June 25. The gallery is open weekdays (except Thursdays) and Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm. The exhibition will also be open on the evenings of lectures by the winners. Admission to the exhibition is free. Admission to the lectures by winners on May 16, 23, and 31 is free for League members and $10 for non-members.

Competition winners will present their work in slide presentations Followed by receptions. All lectures begin at 6:30 and are held at the Urban Center.

Reservations are not required.

Lecture dates and speakers are as follows:

Thursday, May 16

Lisa Iwamoto, Craig Scott, IS.Ar: Iwamoto Scott Architecture
Eric Liftin, MESH Architectures

Thursday, May 23

Makram el-Kadi, Ziad Jamaleddine, Naji Moujaes, L.E.FT.
Jared Della Valle & Andrew Bernheimer, Della Valle + Bernheimer Design

Friday, May 31

J. Meejin Yoon
Elena Fernandez, Arnaud Descombes, Antoine Regnault, David Serero, Degre Zero Architecture

Participants in the Architectural League's annual Young Architects Forum are chosen through a nation-wide competition, announced by a "call for Entries" published each fall. Entrants, who must be ten years or less out of undergraduate or graduate school, submit a portfolio containing their work, accompanied by a short text that addresses the competition theme. Winners are selected by a prestigious jury, receive an honorarium, and are invited to exhibit their work and present a lecture at the Urban Center in the spring. Winners' designs will also be on display on the Architectural League's web site, www.archleague.org, and illustrated in a catalogue to be published by Princeton Architectural Press.

The theme for the competition, developed by the Young Architects Committee, changes every year to reflect current issues in architectural design and theory. In addition to illustrating their work, each competition entrant was asked to analyze how his or her work responded to the theme "Material Process;" which was intended both to examine construction--particularly New or reinvented building materials--and the means of creating buildable design, particularly through new digitally-linked technologies. Recent competition themes have included "Second Nature," "Vision Medium Culture," "Scale," and "City Limits." The committee, a group selected each year from past participants in the Young Architects Forum, also asks distinguished members of the design community to serve with them on the jury. In addition to committee members Thaddeus Briner, Mimi Hoang, and Chris Perry, the 2002 jury consisted of Paola Antonelli, Wendy Evans Joseph, Sheila Kennedy, Gregg Pasquarelli, and Tod Williams.

Since its creation in 1981 the Young Architects Forum has provided many of the leading talents of successive new generations of architects and designers an important opportunity to present their work and ideas. Participants in the Forum are chosen through a nationwide competition, announced by a "call for entries" published each fall. Entrants, who must be ten years or less out of undergraduate or graduate school, submit a portfolio containing their work, accompanied by a short text that addresses the competition theme.

This year's competition theme, "Material Process," was developed by the Young Architects Committee in response to the Architectural League's year-long program initiative "Fabricating Architecture." Each entrant was asked to analyze how his or her work responded to the competition theme, which was intended both to examine construction--with an emphasis on new or reinvented building materials--and the means of creating buildable design, particularly through direct fabrication methods enabled by new digitally-linked technologies.

The committee, a group selected each year from past participants in the Young Architects Forum, also asks distinguished members of the design community to serve with them on the jury. In addition to committee members Thaddeus Briner, Mimi Hoang, and Chris Perry, the 2002 jury included Paola Antonelli, Wendy Evans Joseph, Sheila Kennedy, Gregg Pasquarelli, and Tod Williams. The work of the six winners was selected for overall quality, relationship to the theme, and as a representative sample of the type of projects that characterize the efforts of younger architects and designers.

Lectures by the winners are scheduled for May 16, 23 and 31 at the Urban Center. Images of work by the competition winners can be found on the Architectural League web site, www.archleague.org, and will be illustrated in a catalogue to be published by Princeton Architectural Press.