Mork Ulnes Architects and Young Projects

March 12, 2020
7:00 p.m.

Left: Mork Ulnes Architects | Ridge House, Sonoma, CA, 2018. Credit: Bruce Damonte. Right: Young Projects | Glitch House, Dominican Republic, 2019. Credit: Courtesy of Young Projects.

The Emerging Voices lectures scheduled for March 12, 19, and 26 were canceled due to COVID-19. In lieu of live lectures, firms created short-form videos presented under the title Emerging Voices Reports. View the complete series along with interviews and articles about the winners on the 2020 Emerging Voices competition page


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.

Casper Mork-Ulnes founded Mork Ulnes Architects in 2005. With offices in San Francisco and Oslo, the firm combines “Scandinavian practicality” with the “‘can do’ spirit of innovation” of California. Born in Norway and raised in Italy, Scotland, and the United States, Mork-Ulnes brings a broad range of cultural perspectives to his work. The firm’s projects are guided by an economy of means, resulting in buildings that are both playful and restrained.

Bryan Young founded New York City-based Young Projects in 2010. The design studio’s work spans buildings, interiors, material prototyping, and furniture. Their work, which emphasizes “the relationship between our material research and our approach to space itself,” is driven by a fascination with pattern, texture, and spatial complexity. Using experimental techniques for hand-pulling plaster and forming concrete with palm stems, Young Projects strives for “material and tectonic ambiguity…or at least the unexpected.”

Introduction by Stella Betts, co-founding partner, LEVENBETTS.


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.