Emerging Voices winner profile

Ball-Nogues Studio

Ball-Nogues Studio | Elastic Plastic Sponge, Coachella Music Festival, Indio, CA, 2009. Image courtesy Ball-Nogues Studio

The Architectural League’s annual Emerging Voices program spotlights North American architects, landscape architects, and urban designers who have significant bodies of realized work and the potential to influence their field.

Ball-Nogues Studio won a 2011 award.

Ball‐Nogues Studio is an integrated design and fabrication practice founded by Benjamin Ball and Gaston Nogues. The design of each project’s production is essential for the Los Angeles-based studio: “We devise proprietary systems of construction, create new fabrication devices, develop custom digital tools, and invent materials, all with the aim of expanding the potential of the physically constructed world… Although our projects are experimental with respect to production, they are not simply prototypes; each directly addresses human occupation by enhancing and celebrating social interaction through sensation, spectacle, and physical engagement.”

The firm’s projects include “Table Cloth,” a temporary installation at Schoenberg Hall at UCLA; “Gravity’s Loom,” at the Indianapolis Museum of Art; “Liquid Sky,” their winning installation for the MoMA/PS1 Young Architects Program; and “Cradle,” a commission by the city of Santa Monica, CA.

The firm is the recipient of Los Angeles AIA Design Honor and Merit Awards and Interior Design Magazine’s Best of Year Award.

Benjamin Ball and Gaston Nogues each received their Bachelors of Architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture. They both recently taught the graduate seminar, “Paperword — Studies in Pulp,” at the University of Southern California.