Eight practices from the US, Canada and Mexico have been selected to receive The Architectural League of New York’s 34th 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.
“The 2016 ‘Voices,’ each responding to distinct geographic sites and typologies, all compellingly address the relationship between architecture and place by resourcefully synthesizing programmatic invention with computational production and the craft of building,” said Program Director Anne Rieselbach.
This year’s emerging voices are…
Alex Anmahian and Nick Winton
Principals and Co-Founders, Anmahian Winton Architects, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Anmahian Winton Architects views “the synthesis of place, program, and community as an opportunity to enhance the rituals of everyday life, foster a sense of wellbeing, and to inspire the imagination.” Recent projects include the Ford Hill Observatory in New Hampshire, the Capital Vista Office building in Ankara, Turkey, and the Community Rowing boathouse in Boston.
Principal, Omar Gandhi Architect, Halifax and Toronto
Omar Gandhi Architect begins a project by choosing “materials and forms that express and respond to the specific qualities of site.” Typological forms are then reconstituted to be “receptive and responsive,” keeping to a “modest, formal lineage that makes for architecture that is accessible to all types of people.” Recent projects include the Black Gables residence, the Float residence, and Rabbit Snare Gorge, all located in Nova Scotia.
Cesar Guerrero, Ana Cecilia Garza, Carlos Flores, and Maria Sevilla
Partners, S-AR, Monterrey, Mexico
S-AR’s work focuses on “the design and development of architectural projects of several scales and typologies from private, experimental, and social structures to architectural installations, educational buildings as well as furniture and book design.” Recent projects include the Concrete House residence, the Wood House residence, and the Desert Observatory, all located in Nuevo Leon, Mexico.
Frank Jacobus and Marc Manack,
Principals, SILO AR+D, Cleveland and Fayetteville, Arkansas
SILO AR+D "explores architecture presence through the effects of appearance, reappearance, and disappearance and views the architectural act of becoming visible as a form of theater, a performance born of energy harnessed from public environments.” Recent projects include Mood Ring House residence in Fayetteville, Arkansas; the Super Sukkah pavilion in St. Louis; and North Presbyterian Church in Cleveland.
Jon Lott sees each project as “a collaborative effort between a wide range of constituents, guided by the specific needs and curiosities of a diverse clientele; raising disciplinary questions rather than merely providing service.” With PARA Project, recent projects include the Haffenden House residence, the Crawford Attic Writing Room, and La Casita, all located in Syracuse, New York.
E.B. Min and Jeffrey L. Day
Principals, Min | Day, San Francisco and Omaha
Min | Day believes that “architecture is a spatial and material practice in the service of human habitation.” And as such, the studio seeks to create “infrastructure for social engagement, whether that be in the private world of the home, the collaborative landscape of the office or institution, or the collective realm of the city.” Recent projects include the Blue Barn Theatre & Boxcar 10 in Omaha and the House on Lake Okoboji residence in Iowa. A current project includes a series of Muni/BART station entrances in San Francisco.
Rozana Montiel specializes in “architectural design, artistic re-conceptualizations of space, and design for the public domain.” The studio “researches public space issues, attempting to recover social construction in city making and collaborates with specialists in landscape architecture, permaculture, industrial design, social anthropology, photography, art, literature, and film-making depending on the nature of the project.” Recent projects include the City Out of Line park in Mexico City; Common-Unity, a public space rehabilitation project in Mexico City; and Court, a partially enclosed sports field in Veracruz, Mexico.
Principal, Heather Roberge | Murmur, Los Angeles
Heather Roberge’s work “explores the intersection of computation and material production to transform architectural spaces, assemblies, and objects.” Recent projects include En Pointe, an installation at SCI-Arc Gallery, the Vortex House residence, and the Gatins Chan residence, all in Los Angeles.
This year’s jury was comprised of Sunil Bald, Henry N. Cobb, Susannah Drake, Mario Gooden, Karrie Jacobs, Anna Kats, Thomas Phifer, and Billie Tsien.