League Prize winner

Tei Carpenter of Agency—Agency

Agency—Agency | Hamilton Gears Reuse Park, Toronto, Canada, 2020. Image courtesy Tei Carpenter / Agency—Agency

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.

Tei Carpenter of Agency—Agency won a 2021 award.

Agency—Agency was founded by Tei Carpenter. Based in New York, NY, and Toronto, Canada, the practice “seeks out an expanded role for architecture by engaging buildings, objects, interiors, infrastructures, speculations, and environments,” according to its website. 

Recent and current projects include:

  • New Public Hydrant, which rethinks the fire hydrant as small-scale drinking water infrastructure in New York City. Commissioned by BMW Mini for Brooklyn design hub A/D/O. 
  • Hamilton Gears Reuse Park, a proposal for the conversion of an abandoned factory in Toronto into a “spolia park” that points to the importance of waste reclamation.
  • Crown House, a mixed-use building that reflects on how Covid-19 has changed the domestic sphere, foregrounding activities such as leisure, work, and childcare.

Carpenter holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Brown University and an MArch from Princeton University. She is an assistant professor at the University of Toronto and an adjunct assistant professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.

Agency—Agency was recognized as one of Architect Magazine‘s Next Progressives and Domus‘s 100 Best Architecture Firms in 2019 and by AIA New York’s New Practices New York competition in 2018. The studio’s work has been exhibited at the Storefront for Art and Architecture, Oslo Architecture Triennale, Venice Biennale, and Center for Architecture.

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