Emerging Voices winner profile


P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S | Prism Contemporary Art, West Hollywood, CA, 2009. Credit: Joshua White

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.

P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S won a 2011 award.

Marcelo Spina and Georgina Huljich are principals of the office, P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S, founded in Los Angeles in 1999.

The research- and collaborative-based approach of the practice seeks to move between digital and material expressions. P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S describes its form-making, as “Driven by digital techniques and advanced computation, this is not just an abstract formalism, but a formalism deeply embedded in the physics of materials and tectonics, and the potential of construction methods and new fabrication processes.” In addition to their research, built projects include Prism Contemporary Art in West Hollywood; FYF Residence and Jujuy Redux both in Rosario, Argentina; and Fluid Core Yard in Chengdu, China. The firm was named by Architectural Record in 2004 to its Design Vanguard and is the recipient of a Graham Foundation Grant. The firm has been nominated for the Ordos Prize and is a current finalist for the Iakov Chernikov Prize. A monograph on the firm’s work, Embedded, is forthcoming.

Marcelo Spina received a Bachelor of Architecture from the National University of Rosario in Argentina and a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University. He is currently a part of the Design and Technology Faculty of the Southern California Institute of Architecture. Georgina Huljich received her Bachelor of Architecture from the National University of Rosario and her Master of Architecture and Urban Design from UCLA. She is a Lecturer and Director of the Summer Program in UCLA’s Architecture and Urban Design Department.