League Prize winner

Farzin Farzin

Caitlin Blanchfield, Farzin Lotfi-Jam | Modern Management Methods, The Shed, New York, NY, 2019. Image credit: Kunning Huang

The League Prize is an annual competition that has been organized by The Architectural League since 1981. Open to designers ten years or less out of school, it draws entrants from around North America.

Farzin Lotfi-Jam of Farzin Farzin won a 2022 award.

Farzin Farzin is an Ithaca–based collaborative multidisciplinary design studio founded by Farzin Lotfi-Jam in 2008. The practice works across architecture, urbanism, computation, and media to investigate the technologies that govern contemporary life. Through varied modes of research and fabrication, Farzin Farzin produces architectural exhibitions that “creat[e] opportunities to pose important questions to the public and make new urgencies evident,” according to the firm’s website.

Recent individual and collaborative projects include:

  • Media Habitat c. 1975 (Farzin Lotfi-Jam, Felicity D. Scott, Mark Wasiuta), an exhibition that revisits an archive of documentary films produced for a 1976 United Nations conference on human settlement; 
  • Modern Management Methods (Caitlin Blanchfield, Farzin Lotfi-Jam), an installation that examines the United Nations Headquarters using documents from the archive and X-rays of the building;
  • Control Syntax Rio (Farzin Lotfi-Jam, Mark Wasiuta), an exhibition that explores the new modes of computational governmentality emerging in Rio de Janeiro’s smart city control systems.

Farzin Lotfi-Jam holds a master’s degree in advanced architectural design from Columbia University GSAPP and an MArch and bachelor’s degree in architectural design from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. He is an assistant professor of architecture at Cornell University AAP, where he directs the Realtime Urbanism Lab.

Farzin Lotfi-Jam has received grants from the Alexander S. Onassis Foundation, the Graham Foundation, M+ / Design Trust, and The Shed. Its work has been exhibited at Storefront for Art and Architecture, MAXXI, the Venice Architecture Biennale, the Oslo Architecture Triennale, the Istanbul Design Biennial, the Seoul Architecture Biennale, and the Sharjah Architecture Triennial.

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