League Prize 2023 Night 3: Katie MacDonald & Kyle Schumann, Joseph Altshuler & Zack Morrison

The final evening of lectures by winners of “Uncomfortable,” the 2023 Architectural League Prize for Young Architects + Designers.

June 29, 2023

Recorded on June 29, 2023.

In this video, Katie MacDonald and Kyle Schumann of After Architecture and Joseph Altshuler and Zack Morrison of Could Be Design discuss their practice through projects including:

After Architecture:

  • Tangential Timber, a research project that develops design methodologies, fabrication techniques, and structural applications for non-linear wood 
  • Sylvan scrapple, an installation drawing connections between waste in cooking and construction to bring the culinary “nose-to-tail” approach into into popular architecture discourse
  • Homegrown, an outdoor room at the Knoxville Museum of Art built with landscaping waste and forestry detritus.

Could Be Design:

  • Chicago Sukkah Design Festival, an annual program that pairs designers with community organizations to design and build small outdoor pavilions in Chicago’s North Lawndale neighborhood
  • Animate Arcade, a series of architectural “creatures” that activate the public spaces of Siebel Center for Design at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • McCormick AfterParti, an interactive installation in Elmhurst’s McCormick House that playfully recreates Mies van der Rohe’s original 1952 floor plan for the space.

The presentations are followed by a moderated discussion and audience Q&A with 2023 Young Architects + Designers Committee member Germane Barnes, director of Studio Barnes and of the MArch program at the University of Miami School of Architecture. The conversation touched on the ways the definition of architecture has expanded in the past decades, bringing joy to the discipline as a way to reach broader audiences, and a potential future collaboration between the two firms in edible architecture.