The Architectural League Announces Emerging Voices of 2015

MANUEL CERVANTES CESPEDES / CC ARQUITECTOS, Equestrian Project | photo by Rafael Gamo

Eight practitioners from the US, Canada and Mexico have been selected to receive The Architectural League of New York’s 33rd annual Emerging Voices award - one of the most coveted awards in North American architecture. Each recipient was selected for being a “distinct design voice” with the “potential to influence" disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture, and urbanism.

“This year’s Voices critically re-envision solutions for contemporary design concerns—programmatic, typological, and tectonic—that have the potential to inspire new approaches to building and form,” says program director Anne Rieselbach.

This year’s emerging voices are…

Benjamin Aranda and Chris Lasch, Aranda\Lasch, New York and Tucson

Aranda\Lasch, Palais des Arts | image copyright Aranda\Lasch

Aranda and Lasch experiment with research and innovative building practices, producing objects, furniture, installations, buildings, and landscapes.

Manuel Cervantes Cespedes, MANUEL CERVANTES CESPEDES / CC ARQUITECTOS, Mexico City

MANUEL CERVANTES CESPEDES / CC ARQUITECTOS, Orchid Pavillion | photo by Rafael Gamo

Cervantes Cespedes sees his firm as part of a generation of Mexican architecture, late heirs to Mexican Modernism and traditions of the first pre-Hispanic settlements.

Gabriela Etchegaray and Jorge Ambrosi, AMBROSI | ETCHEGARAY, Mexico City

AMBROSI| ETCHGARAY, DAS Building | photo courtesy of the firm

Ambrosi and Etchegaray seek an architecture connected to nature, with the presence of earth, gravity, and light.

Alejandro Guerrero and Andrea Soto, Principals, ATELIER ARSº, Guadalajara

ATELIER ARSº, House and Studio in Chapálico | photo by Onnis Luque

Guerrero and Soto see their practice as a way of thinking about the discipline in which history, theory, and criticism are present in the architectural project.

Neri Oxman, Architect, Founder and Director, Mediated Matter Group, MIT Media Lab, Cambridge, MA

Front view of the completed Silk Pavilion in the MIT Media Lab Lobby (bottom). Photo credit: Steven Keating. Courtesy of Mediated Matter

Oxman looks at how digital design and fabrication mediate between matter and environment to transform design and construction of objects, buildings, and systems.

Brian Phillips, Principal, ISA, Philadelphia

ISA, The Modules | photo by Sam Oberter

Phillips brings innovative design with a strong environmental agenda to urban environments.

Roberto Rovira, Studio Roberto Rovira, Miami

Studio Roberto Rovira, Sky Lounge | photo courtesy of the firm

Rovira is committed to a process of design development, analysis, and investigation that seeks larger connections to ecology, patterns, history, and time.

Elizabeth Whittaker, Principal, Merge Architects, Boston

Merge Architects, Penn Street Lofts | image copyright John Horner Photography

Whittaker’s architecture considers the art of making in the context of re-defining the urban and social boundaries of the city.

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.

The 2015 jury included Cynthia Davidson, Susannah Drake, Mario Gooden, Louise Harpman, Paul Lewis, Toshiko Mori, Thomas Phifer, and Billie Tsien. Emerging Voices is organized by League Program Director Anne Rieselbach.

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.

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Cite: Karissa Rosenfield. "The Architectural League Announces Emerging Voices of 2015" 03 Feb 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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