Studio Zewde and Lori A. Brown

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

April 1, 2021
6:00 p.m.

Left: Studio Zewde | Landscape design for Graffiti Pier and the Port Richmond Waterfront in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Image courtesy Studio Zewde. Right: Lori A. Brown | Design consultation and proposal for the Alabama’s Women’s Wellness Center, Huntsville, Alabama. Image courtesy Lori A. Brown

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.

Sara Zewde is the founding principal of Studio Zewde, a landscape architecture, urban design, and public art practice based in New York City. Underlying her multidisciplinary design team’s work is the belief that narratives of people and place can serve as a guide towards shaping landscapes and materials into unique environments that resonate with those they serve. To this end, the firm endeavors to investigate each site’s cultural and ecological context to create meaningful, carefully detailed, enduring places.

Lori A. Brown is an architect, educator, and scholar. She is president of ArchiteXX, which she cofounded in 2012; principal of lab practices, a research and design firm founded in 2005; and a professor at Syracuse University. Her interdisciplinary practice draws on geography, art, law, and women’s and gender studies “to bring the work of architecture more substantially into social, political, and institutional arenas,” with the goal of “transforming spatial structures to promote equity and inclusivity.”

The presentations will be followed by a conversation with Rosalyne Shieh, partner at SCHAUM/SHIEH and Marion Mahony Fellow at MIT.


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.