The Architectural League of New York Announces Winners of the Emerging Voices Award

The Architectural League of New York has announced the Emerging Voices. It highlights eight new practices that have “the potential for to influence the disciplines of architecture landscape design and urbanism.” This prestigious award is one of the most recognizable in North American architecture. It reviews the design and academic achievements of individuals and companies based in the United States, Canada and Mexico and selects the best work through an invited juried portfolio competition. The winners this year showcase a broad range of design interests and approaches, demonstrating a new kind of architectural inquiry.

“In our first review of this year’s Emerging voices, the jury was struck at the breadth and variety of work.” Paul Lewis, president of The Architectural League says that the jury was impressed by the diversity of the work. The Emerging Voices will be able to present their work online through a series.

Azra Aksamija / MIT Future Heritage Lab

Memory Matrix by MIT Future Heritage  Lab. Image © Dietmar  Offenhuber

Azra Aksamija, the founder of MIT Future Heritage Lab is an intersection of art and culture and preservation technology that creates responses to conflict or crisis. She is the author of Design To Live: Everyday Innovations From a Refugee Camp and T-Serai which are tent prototypes for refugee camp camps made from donated textiles.

Paola Aguirre, Dennis Milam/Borderless Studio

Climate and Cultural  Resilience Map  Installation, Creative  Grounds by Borderless Studio. Image © Brandon  Biederman

Borderless Studio, a design and research firm based in Chicago or San Antonio, focuses on “connecting communities with design processes”. The studio is led by Dennis Milan and Paola Aguirre Serano, and focuses on urban interventions that promote spatial justice and equity.

Jorge Arvizu, Ignacio del Rio, Emmanuel Ramirez, Diego Ricalde / Estudio MMX

Site Museum by Estudio MMX. Image © Dane Alonso

Mexico City-based Estudio MMX’s work focuses on participatory design, vernacular traditions, and environmentally friendly practices. Its portfolio includes Jojutla Central Gardens which is a square in Jojutla that was created for a community affected in the 2017 earthquake in Mexico. Site Museum, a museum with a design that blurs the lines between interior and exterior, is also included.

Felecia Davis /Felecia Davis Studio

Black Flower Antenna,  Museum of Modern  Art by  Felecia Davis. Image © Germane  Barnes

Felecia Davis, a researcher and designer, is interested in the potential of computational textiles. These are textiles that can respond to their environment through sensors and programming. Davis’ research aims to expand the potential of textiles in architecture. This includes achieving lighter-weight buildings as well as communicating with others.

Behnaz Assadi, Nima Javidi / JA Architecture Studio

Markham, Toronto. Image Courtesy of JA  Architecture Studio

Behnaz Assadi (Iran-Canadian architect) and Nima Javidi (Toronto-based practice JA Architecture Studio) emphasize light wood frame construction and geometric experimentation. Bore-ing Lightness was a finalist submission for the Canadian Pavilion at 2020 Venice Biennale. Wardell is a curved brick-clad addition that will be added to an existing string Toronto row houses.

Daniel Adams, Marie Law Adams / Landing Studio

P.O.R.T Park, Chelsea. Image Courtesy of Landing  Studio

Landing Studio, an architecture and urban design firm based in Massachusetts, reimagines industrial and infrastructural sites to become accessible public spaces. The P.O.R.T. is a conversion of a 13 million-gallon oil tankfarm into a public-accessible multi-use waterfront. Marginal Street Community Industry Seam is a redesign of the border of an industrial waterfront and a low-density, immigrant neighborhood.

Sekou Cooke / sekou cooke STUDIO

Syracuse Hip-Hop  Headquarters  (SHHHQ) . Image Courtesy of sekou  cooke STUDIO

sekou cooke STUDIO, an architecture and urban design firm, has worked on a variety of projects including residential, public, and nonprofit projects. It also creates temporary installations and other speculative designs. Projects such as the Syracuse Hip-Hop Headquarters or Hip-Hop Architecture (a redevelopment of an old dairy building) show how the studio explores hip-hop culture.

Tsz Yan Ng / Tsz Yan Ng Design

SPLAM_SPatialLAMinated Timber  (SLT) Pavilion/Outdoor  Classroom by Tsz Yan Ng Design,  Skidmore Owings &  Merrill, Epic Academy. Image © Kendall  McCaugherty/Hall &  Merrick Photographers

Tsz Yan Ng Design is an innovative research and design firm that aims to improve modern building processes. Thermoplastic concrete casting, which explores molding techniques for glass fibre reinforced concrete and Robotic needle feltting, a novel additive manufacturing method for nonwoven textiles, are two examples of projects.

The program was launched in 1982 and has featured a number of influential voices in the fields of architecture, urbanism and design. The past Emerging Voices include Thom Mayne, Michael Rotondi and Steven Holl, Jeanne Gang and Tatiana Bilbao as well as Amale Andraos, Dan Wood, and Deborah Berke Toshiko Moi.