Escobedo Soliz and Dake Wells Architecture

March 19, 2020
7:00 p.m.

Right: Escobedo Soliz and Gutierrez Arquitectos | Rural Primary School, Santa Isabel Cholula, Mexico, 2018. Credit: Rafael Gamo. Left: Dake Wells Architecture | Davis Harrington Welcome Center at Missouri State University, Springfield, MO, 2015. Credit: Gayle Babcock, Architectural Imageworks, LLC.

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.

Established in Mexico City in 2016, Escobedo Soliz was founded by former National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) classmates Lazbent Pavel Escobedo Amaral and Andrés Soliz Paz. According to the partners, their practice “is based on a continuous exploration of materials, structures and construction systems to find particular solutions for each situation.” With built projects ranging from ephemeral art installations to rural public schools, Escobedo Soliz aims to do more with less in order to create a contextual yet sensorial architecture.

Founded in 2004 by Brandon Dake and Andrew Wells, Dake Wells Architecture is based in Springfield and Kansas City, Missouri. The firm is rooted in the context of the Midwest and presents creative, economic solutions for projects that range from schools to community centers to university buildings. Their firm philosophy states: “With a focus on craft, detail, materiality, spatial richness and site connection, we endeavor to bring a measure of unexpected joy into everyday life.”

Introduction by Matt Shaw, contributing editor at The Architect’s Newspaper, and Lisa Switkin, senior principal at James Corner Field Operations


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.