PLY+ | Saint Mary Chapel, Livonia, Michigan. Image credit: Adam Smith

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.

PLY+ won a 2021 award.

Founded in 1999 as PLY and reimagined under the new partnership of Craig Borum and Jen Maigret in 2016, Ann Arbor-based PLY+ situates its work, geographically and culturally, in the Great Lakes Basin. The firm responds to the urban patterns shaped by the natural features of this immense watershed, as well as to the area’s industrial tradition, which the partners describe as “a gritty ethos of making.” 

PLY+ emphasizes the integral role of design research in its work, “simultaneously broadening and deepening our understanding of possibilities and opportunities across programmatic, technical, and material considerations.”

Projects include:

The firm’s recent design awards include a Faith and Form International Design Award; Editor’s Selection, Best of Design Awards, Architect’s Newspaper; AIA Detroit Honor Award’ and AIA Michigan Design Honor Award.

Borum, FAIA, received a BArch and MArch from the University of Virginia. He is a professor at the Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning at the University of Michigan. 

Maigret received a bachelor’s degree from Hartwick College as well as a master’s degree in ecology and evolutionary biology and an MArch from the University of Michigan. She is an associate professor at the Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning.