League Prize Winner Bio


The League Prize, an annual competition that asks young designers to respond to a given theme, has marked an important milestone in many architects’ careers. Winners showcase their work through a lecture series and exhibition.

Yasmin Vobis & Aaron Forrest were winners of the 2016 competition.

Yasmin Vobis and Aaron Forrest established Ultramoderne in 2013 after several collaborations together since 2007. The office is “committed to creating architecture and public spaces that are at once modern, playful, and generous.”

In 2015, Ultramoderne realized Chicago Horizon, the BP Prize winner in the Chicago Lakefront Kiosk Competition, designed for the Chicago Architecture Biennial. They recently worked as part of a project team to design a wayfinding system for Weir Farm National Historic Site with the Van Alen Institute and National Park Service. Currently, Ultramoderne is currently collaborating with a team of RISD students on the design of a public performance space at the Southside Cultural Center in Providence. Their Four Corners pavilion was featured in the 2014 “Urban Timber” exhibition at BSA Space in Boston.

Ultramoderne was named a 2016 MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program Finalist for their proposed design, Recess PS1 and also received a WoodWorks Design Award for Chicago Horizon. Both Vobis and Forrest were residents at the MoMA PS1 for the “Rising Currents” charrette and exhibition.

Yasmin Vobis received her Master of Architecture degree from Princeton University, where she was awarded the Butler Traveling Fellowship and the Suzanne Kolarik Underwood Thesis Prize. She obtained her Bachelor of Architecture Degree from the University of California, Berkeley. Vobis taught at Princeton University and currently teaches at the Rhode Island School of Design. She was recently named as a recipient of the 2016 Rome Prize and has lectured at RISD, the University of Oregon, and at the Chicago Architecture Biennial.

Aaron Forrest received both his Master and Bachelor of Architecture degrees from Princeton University. He currently teaches at the Rhode Island School of Design. Prior to RISD, Forrest taught studios at the University of Pennsylvania and Princeton University. He has lectured at RISD, Maryland Institute College of Art, and University of Pennsylvania School of Design.