form-ula lecture

Ajmal Aqtash and Richard Sarrach of form-ula speak as part of the League Prize lecture series.

March 15, 2012

Recorded on June 22, 2011.

The League Prize, an annual competition that asks young designers to respond to a given theme, has marked an important milestone in many architects’ careers since it was established in 1981. Winners showcase their work through a lecture series and exhibition.

New York City firm form-ula won a 2011 award.

Ajmal Aqtash, Richard Sarrach, and Tamaki Uchikawa founded form-ula in 2009. The multidisciplinary design practice unites design and engineering to produce culturally rich, high-performance architecture. Projects includes Arch XXX, an art installation in Chicago; F.A.T. (face lift) in New York; and Clay Sutures: The Flats, an apartment complex in Louisville, Kentucky.

The three are also cofounders of core.form-ula, the firm’s research and development wing, which seeks to capture cultural content related to design, engineering, science, technology, and art and organize it into an online repository.

Aqtash is currently an adjunct professor at Pratt Institute School of Architecture and research director at the Center for Experimental Structures. Additionally, he serves as the creative art director for MILGO/BUFKIN’s design series.

Sarrach is director of digital futures and an adjunct assistant professor of architecture in Pratt Institute’s undergraduate architecture program.

Aqtash, Sarrach, and Uchikawa each received a BArch from Pratt Institute and a MsAAD from Columbia GSAPP.


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