Emerging Voices 2015

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

This year’s jury included Cynthia Davidson, Susannah Drake, Mario Gooden, Louise Harpman, Paul Lewis, Toshiko Mori, Thomas Phifer, and Billie Tsien.

Emerging Voices is organized by League Program Director Anne Rieselbach.

The 2015 Emerging Voices are:

Benjamin Aranda and Chris Lasch, Aranda\Lasch, New York and Tucson
Manuel Cervantes Cespedes, MANUEL CERVANTES CESPEDES / CC ARQUITECTOS, Mexico City
Gabriela Etchegaray and Jorge Ambrosi, AMBROSI | ETCHEGARAY, Mexico City
Alejandro Guerrero and Andrea Soto, Principals, Atelier ARS°, Guadalajara
Neri Oxman, Architect, Founder and Director, Mediated Matter Group, MIT Media Lab, Cambridge
Brian Phillips, Principal, ISA, Philadelphia
Roberto Rovira, Studio Roberto Rovira, Miami
Elizabeth Whittaker, Principal, Merge Architects, Boston


Emerging Voices is generously supported by Elise Jaffe + Jeffrey Brown, Maharam, and the Next Generation Fund of The Architectural League. Additional support is provided by The Mexican Cultural Institute of New York. Emerging Voices is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Architectural League programs are 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 State Legislature.

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Winner profiles


Gabriela Etchegaray and Jorge Ambrosi seek an architecture connected to nature, with the presence of earth, gravity, and light.


Alejandro Guerrero and Andrea Soto see their practice as a way of thinking about the discipline in which history, theory, and criticism are present in the architectural project.

Merge Architects

Elizabeth Whittaker combines digital fabrication and the hand-made to residential, commercial, institutional, retail, furniture, and graphic design.

Studio Roberto Rovira

Studio Roberto Rovira is committed to a process of design development, analysis, and investigation that seeks larger connections to ecology, patterns, history, and time.


Philadelphia-based ISA brings innovative design with a strong environmental agenda to urban environments.


Aranda\Lasch experiments with geometry and innovative building practices through objects, furniture, installations, buildings, and landscapes.

Lecture videos


March 26, 2015 | Gabriela Etchegaray and Jorge Ambrosi | The firm manipulates light and shadows in forms that marry the present to the past.

May 14, 2015

Atelier ARS° lecture

March 19, 2015 | Alejandro Guerrero and Andrea Soto | With deep appreciation for local craftsmanship, ATELIER ARS° reinterprets modernist typologies in a contemporary language.

May 14, 2015

Merge Architects lecture

March 19, 2015 | Elizabeth Whittaker | Finding “invention in the ordinary,” Merge Architects moves between digital fabrication and the handmade.

May 14, 2015

Studio Roberto Rovira lecture

March 12, 2015 | Roberto Rovira | Moments of collision between the built and natural world offer opportunity for Studio Roberto Rovira’s ecologically focused practice.

April 30, 2015

ISA lecture

March 12, 2015 | Brian Phillips | With “radical pragmatism,” ISA brings contemporary design with an economy of means to urban infill.

April 30, 2015

Aranda\Lasch lecture

March 5, 2015 | Benjamin Aranda and Chris Lasch | Blending history and storytelling with design driven by computation, Aranda\Lasch’s projects often grow from one repeated module.

April 20, 2015


March 5, 2015 | Drawing from a heritage of Mexican modernism, CC ARQUITECTOS finds opportunity in constraints and “minimizing complexity.”

April 20, 2015

On the Table