Emerging Voices winner profile

IwamotoScott Architecture

IwamotoScott Architecture | Jellyfish House, San Francisco, CA, 2006. Image courtesy IwamotoScott Architecture

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.

IwamotoScott Architecture won a 2007 award.

In its design proposals, installations, and projects, San Francisco-based IwamotoScott Architecture has worked to “amplify the perceptual performance of architecture through surface, material, and fabrication technique.” Since 1998, founders Lisa Iwamoto and Craig Scott have explored building products “as a means of defamiliarization.”

For the project Jellyfish House, a house design for the exhibition OPEN HOUSE: Architecture and Technology for Intelligent Living, IwamotoScott produced a building skin that acts simultaneously as infrastructure, structure, and atmosphere. Other projects include mOcean, a light installation for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Contemporary Extension, and 2:1 House in Berkeley, California.

IwamotoScott is a recipient of awards from the AIA and has recently received the Next Generation Design Award from Metropolis Magazine.

Lisa Iwamoto is an assistant professor at University of California Berkeley and Craig Scott is an associate professor of architecture at California College of the Arts.