FreelandBuck and Waechter Architecture

March 14, 2019
7:00 p.m.

Left: FreelandBuck | Stack House, Los Angeles, CA, 2018. Credit: Eric Staudenmeier. Right: Waechter Architecture | Sawtooth, Portland, Oregon, 2015. Credit: David Papazian

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.

Join us for lectures by two 2019 Emerging Voices.

Brennan Buck and David Freeland founded FreelandBuck in 2010. Based in Brooklyn and Los Angeles, the firm has completed large-scale installations, private houses, offices, and restaurants. Its designs explore the idea of layers: “layers of meaning, illusion, and visual effect that engage various audiences,” according to the firm philosophy statement. Recent projects include MINI LIVING Urban Cabin, a site-specific installation that addresses new models for living in the context of increased density, and an office redesign utilizing versatile “cubicle” structures for Los Angeles commercial production house Hungry Man Productions.

Ben Waechter founded his eponymous Portland, Oregon practice in 2007. The firm has completed a variety of projects in the Pacific Northwest, from multi-family housing to mixed-use commercial developments. Its projects aim for conceptual and formal clarity; Waechter writes that the power of architecture is “to distill the clutter of the everyday and reveal the underlying relationships and potentials of inhabitation.” Recent projects include the new Society Hotel, a boutique schoolhouse conversion hotel in Bingen, Washington; Origami, a multi-family residential development in Northeast Portland; and a renovation and expansion of Furioso Vineyards in Dundee, Oregon.

Moderator Yolande Daniels is a founding partner of Studio SUMO, a past Emerging Voices winner (2010) and is both a visiting professor at MIT and the Eero Saarinen Visiting Professor at Yale. She served on this year’s Emerging Voices jury.


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.