4 Architects Among Recipients of $50,000 USA Fellowships

Although the amount may be nowhere near a MacArthur “genius grant,” the $50,000 Prizes awarded by United States Artists are given on the same, awesome premise: no strings attached.

This year’s 50 recipients included visual artists, dancers, musicians – and 4 architect/designers. Check out the lucky 4, after the break…

Prism Contemporary Art Gallery / . Photo © Joshua White.


Marcelo Spina and Georgina Huljich founded P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S in Los Angeles in 1999. Huljich is also on the architecture and urban design faculty of UCLA, and Spina is on the design faculty at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (Sci-Arc). Check out their work on ArchDaily, including a residence and ten-story apartment building in Rosario, Argentina, a mix-use corporate headquarters in Chengdu, China, and an Art Gallery on Sunset Boulevard (pictured above).

O-14 / Reiser + Umemoto. Photo © Nelson Garrido.

Reiser + Umemoto

Jesse Reiser and Nanako Umemoto started Reiser + Umemoto, RUR Architecture, in New York in 1986. Reiser and Umemoto have done everything from furniture design to commercial buildings (like O-14 in Dubai, pictured above) to Pop music stadiums, even trying their hand at film. They established their firm as “an innovative laboratory in which significant social, cultural and structural ideas are synthesized into a tangible, dynamic architecture.” Check our our interview with the pair: here. 

Palisade Reef, 2010, by SCAPE; photo credit SCAPE.


Landscape architect Kate Orff founded SCAPE in 2004. Orff merges ecology and form to create “rich, bio-diverse, textured landscapes that magnify the relationship between people and place.” SCAPE’s projects include a pocket park in Brooklyn and a 1000-acre landfill regeneration project in Dublin, Ireland.

Flyover Gardens: Adaptive Reuse of Streets and Market in Khedivial Cairo, 2010, by Stephen Luoni; photo © UACDC

Stephen Luoni

Stephen Luoni is the Director of the University of Arkansas Community Design Center (UACDC), a non-profit that specializes in interdisciplinary public works projects combining landscape, urban, and architectural design, with a focus on sustainability.

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Cite: Quirk, Vanessa. "4 Architects Among Recipients of $50,000 USA Fellowships" 07 Dec 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 22 May 2015. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=304637>
  • akbar

    amazing works