Revisiting Just

To mark the publication of Young Architects 21: Just, the 2019 League Prize winners and committee members reunite online to discuss the “just” in design—and how it’s changed in the past three years.

May 11, 2022
12:00 p.m.

Established in 1981 to recognize visionary work by young practitioners, The Architectural League Prize is an annual competition, lecture series, and exhibition led by the League and its Young Architects + Designers Committee.

In late 2018, the Young Architects + Designers Committee announced a prescient theme for that year’s League Prize competition: Just. That spring and summer, the six winners presented work that considered the complexities of the “just” in architectural practice. 

Now, to mark the release of Young Architects 21: Just, a survey of the 2019 winners’ work, the cohort reunites to discuss what has changed—and what has not—in their approach to just design. As jury member Mario Gooden writes in the foreword to Young Architects 21, “it is clear that ‘just’ is not merely an idea, option, or question for architecture but an urgent necessity.”

The program will feature presentations from all six 2019 League Prize winners: 

Rachel G. Barnard, founding director of Young New Yorkers
Jennifer Bonner, MALL
Virginia Black, Rosana Elkhatib, Gabrielle Printz, feminist architecture collaborative
Mira Hasson Henry, (HA)
Gregory Melitonov, Taller KEN
Cyrus Peñarroyo, EXTENTS 

The presentations will be followed by a discussion and Q&A moderated by the members of the 2019 Young Architects + Designers Committee, Isabel Abascal, Bryony Roberts, and Anya Sirota.


This publication is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

We thank ORO Editions for their generous contribution to this publication.

The 2019 League Prize program was also made possible by Elise Jaffe + Jeffrey Brown, Hunter Douglas Architectural, Rachel Judlowe, Elizabeth Kubany, and Tischler und Sohn.


Anya Sirota lecture

Sirota, a cofounder of Akoaki, makes playful contributions to public discourse through architecture.