Join us for the third night of the 2021 Emerging Voices series.

March 25, 2021
6:00 p.m.

Left: PLY+ | Saint Mary Chapel, Livonia, Michigan. Image credit: Adam Smith. Right: CÚRE & PENABAD | Escuelita Buganvilia, Escuintla, Guatemala. Image credit: Waseem Syed.

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.

Founded in 1999 as PLY and reimagined under the new partnership of Craig Borum and Jen Maigret in 2016, Ann Arbor-based PLY+ situates its work, geographically and culturally, in the Great Lakes Basin. The firm responds to the urban patterns shaped by the natural features of this immense watershed, as well as to the area’s industrial tradition, which the partners describe as “a gritty ethos of making.” 

CÚRE & PENABAD was founded in 2001 by Adib Cúre and Carie Penabad in Miami, Florida. Their work brings together the experience and culture of three countries: Colombia, where Cúre was born; Cuba, where Penabad has strong family ties; and the United States, where both have studied and practiced over the years. The firm emphasizes the importance of designing architecture and the city as an investigation “where inquiry and realization, poetry and practicality, history and invention are inextricably linked.”

The presentations will be followed by a conversation with Daniel Barber, associate professor and chair of the PhD program in architecture at the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design, as well as co-founder of Current, a web platform and publishing collective that focuses on the intersection of architectural and environmental histories.


Emerging Voices is generously supported by Elise Jaffe + Jeffrey Brown. The Emerging Voices program is also supported by the Next Generation Fund of The Architectural League. Architectural League programs are additionally supported, 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 City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.