Emerging Voices winner profile


LEVENBETTS | Stockholm Library, Stockholm, Sweden, 2006. Image courtesy LEVENBETTS

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.

LEVENBETTS won a 2009 award.

LEVENBETTS is a New York City-based architecture practice begun in 1997 by David Leven and Stella Betts. LEVENBETTS designs and produces buildings, exhibitions, interiors, furniture, and urban spaces. The firm produces “an architecture with an innovative approach toward materials, technologies and the environment in projects at all scales.”

Current and recent projects include Mixed Greens Gallery, New York, NY; CC01 House, Columbia County, NY; Catskills House, Stone Ridge, NY; Chicago Filter Parking, which won first prize in the 2003 Chicago Prize competition for a thousand-car parking facility; and Princeton House, NJ.

LEVENBETTS is the recipient of numerous AIA Merit and Honor awards, was featured in Architectural Record’s 2007 Design Vanguard, and was runner-up for the Metropolis Next Generation Prize. In 2003, Betts was a participant in the League’s Young Architects Forum. In 2009, Princeton Architectural Press published a monograph on the firm, entitled Pattern Recognition: Leven Betts.

David Leven studied at the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies in New York and received his MArch from Yale University School of Architecture. He is currently the director of the graduate architecture department at Parsons The New School for Design. Stella Betts received her MArch from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and is on the adjunct faculty at Parsons The New School for Design.