Emerging Voices 2018

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, the selection process for the two-stage jury was expanded to include past Emerging Voices winners across North America who reviewed work from approximately 50 firms; and a second-round jury in New York who selected eight winners from a group of finalists. The first-round jury included Virginia San Fratello, Sebastian Schmaling, Wonne Ickx, Lola Sheppard, Marcelo Spina, Carlos Jimenez, and Marlon Blackwell as well as members of the second-round jury, Sunil Bald, Lisa Gray, Stella Betts, Jing Liu, Paul Makovsky, Tom Phifer, Chris Reed, and Billie Tsien. Emerging Voices is organized by League Program Director Anne Rieselbach.

The 2018 Emerging Voices are:

Ersela Kripa and Stephen Mueller, AGENCY, El Paso
Fernanda Canales, Mexico City
Jesica Amescua and Mariana Ordóñez Grajales, Comunal: Taller de Arquitectura, Mexico City
Stephanie Davidson and Georg Rafailidis, Davidson Rafailidis, Buffalo
Luis Aldrete, Estudio de Arquitectura, Guadalajara
David Seiter, Future Green Studio, Brooklyn
Helen Leung and Elizabeth Timme, LA-Más, Los Angeles
Chris Baribeau, Josh Siebert, and Jason Wright, modus studio, Fayetteville


Emerging Voices is generously supported by Elise Jaffe + Jeffrey Brown. 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 M. Cuomo and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.


Winner profiles


An introduction to Emerging Voices winner AGENCY.


City as border zone

Architects Ersela Kripa and Stephen Mueller, founders of El Paso firm AGENCY, discuss the reality and rhetoric of the US–Mexico border.

March 5, 2018

Profiles of spontaneous urban plants

Landscape designer David Seiter champions the ecological and aesthetic benefits of informal plants - weeds - in urban space, and catalogues the uses and cultural significance of New York's native flora.

The architecture of the everyday

For Stephanie Davidson and Georg Rafailidis, mundane issues like the weather and mortgages serve as a springboard for design investigation.

March 9, 2018

Roundtable discussions


AGENCY lecture

Ersela Kripa and Stephen Mueller, founders of AGENCY, discuss their work.

March 22, 2018

Fernanda Canales lecture

Mexican architect Fernanda Canales presents her work as part of the Emerging Voices lecture series.

March 23, 2018