JA Architecture Studio and Tsz Yan Ng Design

Join us for the second night of the 2022 Emerging Voices series.

March 17, 2022
6:30 p.m.

Left: JA Architecture Studio | Wardell, Toronto, Canada, in progress. Image courtesy JA Architecture Studio. Right: Tsz Yan Ng Design, Skidmore Owings & Merrill, Epic Academy | SPLAM_SPatial-LAMinated Timber (SLT) Pavilion/Outdoor Classroom, Chicago, IL, 2021. Image credit: Kendall McCaugherty/Hall & Merrick Photographers

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.

JA Architecture Studio is a Toronto-based practice led by Iranian-Canadian architects Behnaz Assadi and Nima Javidi. The studio’s work emphasizes light wood frame construction, geometric experimentation, and vernacular form. From the narrow plots of Toronto’s Queen West neighborhood to large-scale international design competitions, JA Architecture Studio employs a “one-to-one” process, defined by Assadi and Javidi as a design approach shaped through “the physical register of immigration, of being slightly off from the context that you aspire to fit within, struggle with, and eventually change.”

Tsz Yan Ng Design is a research and creative practice based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Its work advances “innovations that are not only more in tune with contemporary building processes, but are also aspirational in integrating socially, ethically, and environmentally driven imperatives,” in the words of its founder and principal, Tsz Yan Ng. Focused on experimentations with concrete and the intersections of clothing manufacturing and architecture, the practice interrogates the many facets and forms of labor in the R&D field.

The presentations will be followed by a conversation with Marc Neveu. Neveu is the head of the architecture program in The Design School at Arizona State University and the past executive editor of the Journal of Architectural Education. He was a member of the 2022 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 City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.