Emerging Voices winner profile

5468796 architecture

5468796 architecture | Bloc_10, Winnipeg, Canada, 2011. Credit: James Brittain Photography

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.

5468796 architecture won a 2012 award.

The Winnipeg based collaborative that engages in all aspects of design, from furnishings to urban fabric.

Established in 2007, 5468796 architecture‘s most valuable resource is an ongoing dialogue rooted in curiosity and play, generating innovative architectural solutions within modest budgetary constraints. Creativity is paramount, not as a manifestation of individual preference, but rather as a direct response to client, context and program. Each project is shaped by a comprehensive definition of its limitations, which are transposed to reveal their inherent opportunities. The office then focuses its full energy to determine an uncompromising approach to design.

In the past four years, 5468796 has designed and completed several nationally and internationally recognized architectural projects, which have been featured in numerous award competitions and publications. Recent recognitions include shortlisted projects for the 2011 World Architecture Festival, inclusion in the 2011 Design Vanguard issue of Architectural Record, an AR Future Projects Award for youCUBE, a Royal Architecture Institute of Canada Award of Excellence for OMS Stage, and Canadian Architect Awards of Excellence for three consecutive years.

5468796 makes design advocacy an ongoing pursuit through critical practice, professorships at the University of Manitoba, and various public engagements. In 2012, the studio–in collaboration with Jae-Sung Chon–will curate Canada’s submission to the Venice Biennale in Architecture. The Migrating Landscapes exhibition explores the settling-unsettling dynamic of im/migration, acting as a forum for Canadian designers to investigate and expose the unique manifestations of cultural memory that overlay our country. The project will unfold as a national competition traveling from British Columbia to Nova Scotia, in which young practitioners contribute their responses to a multidimensional topography before it reaches its final destination in Venice.