Architectural League Announces 2014 Winners of Emerging Voices Award

The Architectural League of New York has announced the winners of their 32nd annual Emerging Voices awards. The coveted recognition program spotlights eight emerging practitioners in North America whose “distinct design voices” have shown the potential to influence the disciplines of architecture, landscape design, and urbanism.

“The work of each Emerging Voice represents the best of its kind, and addresses larger issues within architecture, landscape, and the built environment,” described the League.  “This year, in particular, saw firms entrepreneurial in spirit, pursuing alternate forms of practice, often writing their own programs or serving as their own clients.”

This year’s eight Emerging Voices are...

David Benjamin, The Living (New York)

Living Light, commissioned by the City of Seoul, is a permanent pavilion as a map that glows and blinks according to air quality data and public interest in the environment | Photo Courtesy of The Living

New Yorkʼs The Living explores – through installations such as Mussel Choir, exhibited at the Venice Biennale, and the NYCEDC project EcoPark – “how new technologies come to life in the built environment.” The Living was just named as the winner of the MoMA/PS1 Young Architects Program.

Geoff di Girolamo, James Lord, and Roderick Wyllie, Surfacedesign, Inc. (San Francisco)

Golden Gate Bridge Plaza, San Francisco / Surfacedesign | Photo: Marion Brenner

The landscape architecture and urban design practice Surface Design, Inc. focuses on creating landscapes that emphasize “personal histories and connections between culture and natural environment” with projects ranging in scale from domestic projects, to San Franciscoʼs Golden Gate Bridge Plaza, to Stonesfields Quarry Park in Auckland, New Zealand.

Basar Girit, Aleksey Lukyanov-Cherny, Wes Rozen, and Bradley Samuels, SITU Studio (Brooklyn)

ReOrder / SITU Studio | Photo: Keith Sirchio

The firmʼs Brooklyn-based studio, divided between design and fabrication spaces, enables their goal to “leverage fabrication efficiencies, material re-use, flexible assemblies, and community involvement to create spaces that engage in living relationships with the urban context.” Projects have included the ReOrder installation in the Brooklyn Museum Great Hall; Heartwalk, installed in Times Square; and mapping and analysis projects.

Joyce Hwang, Ants of the Prairie (Buffalo)

Bat Tower, Griffis Sculpture Park, East Otto, NY / Ants of the Prairie | Photo: Joyce Hwang

Ants of the Prairie is an arts and research practice “dedicated to developing creative approaches in confronting the pleasures and horrors of our contemporary ecologies,” as seen in work such as Bat Cave and Bat Cloud and the currently under construction bird and bat Habitat Wall.

Salvador Macías Corona and Magui Peredo Arenas, Estudio Macías Peredo (Guadalajara)

Terrace / Estudio Macías Peredo | Photo: Jaime Navarro

Estudio Macías Peredo, acknowledging “the understanding of our regional situation (geographically and socio-culturally), where [a] craftsman is part of the building process,” embraces ideas of critical regionalism, as explored in the residences Casa Atlas and Casa Arenas.

Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello, Rael San Fratello (Oakland)

Rael San Fratello shies away from working within a set philosophy, trying rather “not to define, but rather to constantly redefine ourselves” with projects, ranging from the art installation Prada Marfa to their winning entry in the Sukkah City competition, “Sukkah of the Signs, aka the Homeless House,” that “try to do the most with the least.”

Mauricio Rocha Iturbide and Gabriela Carrillo Valadez, TALLER |MauricioRocha+GabrielaCarrillo| (Mexico City)

Hall for visually impaired Ciudadela / TALLER |MauricioRocha+GabrielaCarrillo| | Photo: Pablo Casals-Aguirre

TALLER IMauricioRocha+GabrielaCarrilloI focuses on “the importance of the vernacular, craftsmanship, sustainability, and socially-responsible design” in projects such as Plastic Arts School, Universidad Autónoma Benito Juárez de Oaxaca and the Hall for the Visually Impaired, Ciudadela.

Betsy Williamson, Shane Williamson, and Donald Chong, Williamson Chong Architects (Toronto)

House in Frogs Hollow / Williamson Chong | Photo: Bob Gundu

“Context, materials research, economies of construction, building performance, and client-based collaboration” all shape the design approach of Williamson Chong Architects. Their work ranges in scale from furniture to master planning, including the House in Frogs Hollow and the Abby Gardens Food Community master plan.

Winners will present lectures this March at the Scholastic Auditorium in Soho. Additionally, the League will present digital features on each of the eight firms on, exploring their work and design “voice” through interviews, video, and documentation of their work, available starting in April.

Past Emerging Voices have included Morphosis; Steven Holl; Tod Williams; Toshiko Mori; Enrique Norten; Deborah Berke; Brad Cloepfil of Allied Works; Michael Maltzan; Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi; James Corner of Field Operations; Adam Yarinsky and Stephen Cassell of ARO; SHoP Architects; Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis Architects; Jeanne Gang; Amale Andraos and Dan Wood of WORKac; and Teddy Cruz.

News via the Architectural League of New York.

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Cite: Karissa Rosenfield. "Architectural League Announces 2014 Winners of Emerging Voices Award" 07 Feb 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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