Folly/Function 2018

A design/build competition in collaboration with Socrates Sculpture Park

Folly/Function is an annual juried competition engaging architects to design and build a project for public presentation at Socrates Sculpture Park. Jointly directed by The Architectural League of New York and Socrates, the program addresses the intersection of architecture, sculpture, and public space. The program began in 2012 as Folly, inviting architects to propose and then build a capricious, non-utilitarian structure—architecture approaching sculpture. For five successful years the program presented inventive, whimsical, and dramatic projects before shifting emphasis towards architecture’s expertise and relaunching as Folly/Function.

This year’s jury includes:

  • Allan Wexler, Artist
  • Chee Pearlman, Curator, Arts and Design, TED Conferences
  • Elaine Molinar, Partner, Snøhetta
  • John Hatfield, Executive Director, Socrates Sculpture Park
  • Leon Ransmeier, Designer, Ransmeier, Inc.
  • Mark Yoes, Design Principal, WXY


Project Directors
Jess Wilcox, Director of Exhibitions, Socrates Sculpture Park
Anne Rieselbach, Program Director, The Architectural League of New York

The 2018 Folly/Function competition is now closed. The winner will be announced in early Spring 2018.

About Socrates Sculpture Park

Socrates Sculpture Park has been a model of public art production, community activism, and socially inspired place-making for more than 30 years. Known for fostering experimental and visionary artworks, Socrates has exhibited more than 1,000 artists on its five waterfront acres, providing them the financial support, materials, equipment, and space necessary to create large-scale works in the public realm. Open 365 days a year from dawn till dusk, the park is an epicenter of cultural programming, as a producer of contemporary exhibitions, a presenter of a multi-disciplinary performance series, and an educator of more than 10,000 children and teens each year – all free.


Folly/Function, a partnership of Socrates Sculpture Park and The Architectural League of New York, is supported with a generous grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, and made possible, 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 State Legislature, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council. Socrates Sculpture Park’s Exhibition Program is also supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies, Charina Endowment Fund, Paula Cooper, Mark di Suvero, Sidney E. Frank Foundation, Maxine and Stuart Frankel Foundation for Art, Agnes Gund, The Kayden Family, Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, Ivana Mestrovic, Nancy Nasher and David Haemisegger, Joel Shapiro and Ellen Phelan, Leonard and Louise Riggio, Silvercup Studios, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas W. Smith, and Spacetime C. C. Special thanks to our public partners, including the City of New York, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Queens Borough President Melinda R. Katz, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan, City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer and Council Member Costa Constantinides, the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, Commissioner Mitchell Silver, and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl.