Established in 1981 to recognize exemplary and provocative work by young practitioners, The Architectural League Prize is an annual competition, lecture series, and exhibition organized by The Architectural League and its Young Architects + Designers Committee.
In a time of political and social precariousness when all cultural value sets seem publicly permissible, this year’s Architectural League Prize competition asked entrants to consider how notions of value operate in their work. How are values mediated by the processes of design? What are the discursive contexts, forms of representation, and/or spaces of action in which these values manifest themselves?
The theme was developed by the 2020 Young Architects + Designers Committee, which included recent League Prize winners Kutan Ayata, Mira Henry, and Kevin Hirth.
The jury included the committee in addition to Lucia Allais, Paul Lewis, Anna Puigjaner, and Nanako Umemoto.
The competition is organized by The Architectural League’s program director Anne Rieselbach and program manager Catarina Flaksman.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2020 League Prize program was presented entirely online. Winners delivered streamed lectures that were followed by live Q&A sessions and created digital installations of their work.
League programs are made possible, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Support is also provided by the Next Generation Fund, an alumni fund of The Architectural League’s Emerging Voices and Architectural League Prize programs, and the J. Clawson Mills Fund of The Architectural League.