League Prize winner

Garrett Ricciardi and Julian Rose of Formlessfinder

Formlessfinder | Tent Pile, Miami, FL, 2014. Image courtesy Formlessfinder.

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.

Garrett Ricciardi and Julian Rose of Formlessfinder won a 2020 award.

Garrett Ricciardi and Julian Rose founded Formlessfinder, based in Los Angeles and New York, in 2010 as “a laboratory for methodological experimentation oriented toward the introduction of moments of formlessness into architecture,” as the co-founders describe it. Their work ranges from “traditional architectural representations such as models and drawings to videos, photography, structural and material tests, writings, and interviews.”   

Recent projects include:

  • Tent Pile, a temporary pavilion built for Design Miami consisting of a pile of sand and a cantilever aluminum roof.
  • WastED, pop-up restaurants devoted to the theme of food waste and reuse in New York and London.
  • ArtForum Bookstore, a bookcase-like structure made out of thousands of the magazine’s issues at Dover Street Market, New York.

Ricciardi holds a BFA from Cooper Union and an MArch from Princeton University. He also completed the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program. Ricciardi currently teaches at UCLA.

Rose holds a BA from Harvard University and an MArch from Princeton University. 

Formlessfinder received the 2012 AIA NY New Practices award. Ricciardi and Rose edited Formless Manifesto, published by Lars Muller in 2014. The studio was selected to participate in the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial and to contribute to the Kuwait Pavilion at the 2020 Venice Architecture Biennale.