The Architectural League’s annual Emerging Voices award spotlights North American individuals and firms with distinct design voices that have the potential to influence the disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design. The jury reviews significant bodies of realized work and considers accomplishments within design and academia.

The work of each Emerging Voice represents the best of its kind and addresses larger issues within architecture, landscape, and the built environment.

The 2008 Emerging Voices are:

  • Belzberg Architects, Santa Monica
  • el dorado inc, Kansas City
  • Johnsen Schmaling Architects, Milwaukee
  • Moorhead & Moorhead, New York City
  • MOS Architects (MOS), New Haven and Boston
  • Onion Flats, Philadelphia
  • Stoss Landscape Urbanism (Stoss), Boston
  • WORK Architecture Company (WORKac), New York City

Lecture videos

Belzberg Architects lecture

Hagy Belzberg of Belzberg Architects presents a series of cultural projects in his Emerging Voices lecture.

March 26, 2008

el dorado inc lecture

Some of the founders of el dorado inc analyze their Hodgdon Powder Co. facility by pitting it against the planet Mars in a “fair fight.”

March 5, 2008

MOS lecture

The founders of MOS present two recent and related projects in Canada.

March 26, 2008

Onion Flats lecture

Onion Flats presents a residential project in Philadelphia intended as a model for sustainable urban building.

March 12, 2008

Stoss lecture

Chris Reed presents a proposal for the Lower Don Lands, a 300-acre, high-density project at the mouth of the Don River in downtown Toronto.

March 12, 2008

WORKac lecture

The founders of WORKac present their plan for the 2008 MoMA/P.S.1 Young Architects Program.

March 5, 2008


Emerging Voices is generously supported by Maharam. 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. Emerging Voices is organized by League Program Director Anne Rieselbach.

More from past Emerging Voices

Design as civic duty

Elizabeth Timme, co-director of LA-Más, believes that architecture needs to rediscover its political imperative.