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Royal Academy Announces Shortlist of Emerging Architects for the Dorfman Award

Royal Academy Announces Shortlist of Emerging Architects for the Dorfman Award

The Royal Academy has revealed the shortlist for their annual prize recognizing young talent in architecture, the Dorfman Award. The award is given to those "...reimagining the future of architecture and whose work demonstrates a high degree of sensitivity to local and global context." The 2019 shortlist comprises four emerging architects practicing across the globe.

This year's shortlisted designers/practices are: Fernanda Canales (Mexico), Alice Casey and Cian Duggan of TAKA Architects (Ireland), Mariam Kamara of Atelier Masomi (Niger), and Boonserm Premthada of Bangkok Project Studio (Thailand.) The jury for this year's prize included chair Alan Stanton, Louisa Hutton, Phyllida Barlow, Kirsty Wark, Lesley Lokko, and Richard Burdett. The winner will be announced later this year.

Last year's winner was Iranian architect Alireza Taghaboni of NextOffice, chosen from a shortlist also including Rachel Shawl (Ethiopia), Anne Holtrop (the Netherlands), Go Hasegawa (Japan), and Arquitectura Expandida (Colombia.)

Fernanda Canales

Reading Rooms / Fernanda Canales. Image © Jaime Navarro
Reading Rooms / Fernanda Canales. Image © Jaime Navarro

Shortlist citation text from the Royal Academy: 

Fernanda Canales founded her eponymous architecture firm in 2002 in Mexico City. She has worked internationally for architects such as Toyo Ito in Tokyo and Sola-Morales in Barcelona. While her practice spans from large scale architectural projects to small interventions, from public and institutional commissions to private retreats, Canales still sees each project as an opportunity to narrow the gap between what we build and where we actually want to live.

Reading Rooms / Fernanda Canales. Image © Rafael Gamo Casa Bruma / Fernanda Canales. Image © Rafael Gamo Portales Dwelling / Fernanda Canales. Image © Rafael Gamo Portales Dwelling / Fernanda Canales. Image © Rafael Gamo + 23

TAKA Architects 

Alice Casey and Cian Duggan

Merrion Cricket Club / TAKA Architects. Image © Alice Clancy
Merrion Cricket Club / TAKA Architects. Image © Alice Clancy

Shortlist citation text from the Royal Academy: 

TAKA was founded in 2006 as the result of a longstanding collaboration between Alice Casey and Cian Deegan, based in Dublin, Ireland. Their local work is deeply informed by their international travel and study, particularly research undertaken as part of their respective PhD projects. The tension between vernacular and high architecture is particularly productive for TAKA and results in subtly detailed work that delivers tactile and visual impact.

Merrion Cricket Club / TAKA Architects. Image © Alice Clancy Merrion Cricket Club / TAKA Architects. Image © Alice Clancy Merrion Cricket Club / TAKA Architects. Image © Alice Clancy Merrion Cricket Club / TAKA Architects. Image © Alice Clancy + 23

Atelier Masomi 

Mariam Kamara

© Photo by Mariam Kamara, image via the Royal Academy. ImageReligious Secular Complex / Atelier Masomi
© Photo by Mariam Kamara, image via the Royal Academy. ImageReligious Secular Complex / Atelier Masomi

Shortlist citation text from the Royal Academy: 

Mariam Kamara grew up in Niger in West Africa, which is also where she founded her architecture and research firm atelier masōmī in 2014. In 2013, she and an international group of colleagues also formed a collective called united➃design, whose work includes projects in the US, Kamara’s native Niger, and Germany.

© Photo by James Wang, image via the Royal Academy. ImageReligious Secular Complex / Atelier Masomi © Photo by Maurice Ascani, image via the Royal Academy. ImageDandaji Market / Atelier Masomi © Photo by Mariam Kamara, image via the Royal Academy. ImageReligious Secular Complex / Atelier Masomi © Photo by James Wang, image via the Royal Academy. ImageReligious Secular Complex / Atelier Masomi + 23

Bangkok Project Studio

Boonserm Premthada

The Wine Ayutthaya / Bangkok Project Studio. Image © Spaceshift Studio
The Wine Ayutthaya / Bangkok Project Studio. Image © Spaceshift Studio

Shortlist citation text from the Royal Academy: 

Born and raised in the heart of Bangkok, Boonserm Premthada founded Bangkok Project Studio in 2003. The practice celebrates the importance of craft in architecture, leading to carefully detailed projects with a deep sense of authenticity. Local construction methods and materials are crucial to Premthada’s work and his buildings, such as the Kantana Film and Animation Institute in Nakhon Pathom, often utilise the skills of local craftspeople and traditional production methods.

Kantana Institute / Bangkok Project Studio. Image Courtesy of Bangkok Project Studio Kantana Institute / Bangkok Project Studio. Image Courtesy of Bangkok Project Studio The Wine Ayutthaya / Bangkok Project Studio. Image © Spaceshift Studio The Wine Ayutthaya / Bangkok Project Studio. Image © Spaceshift Studio + 23

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Cite: Katherine Allen. "Royal Academy Announces Shortlist of Emerging Architects for the Dorfman Award" 09 Feb 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/911087/royal-academy-announces-shortlist-of-emerging-architects-for-the-dorfman-award/> ISSN 0719-8884
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Casa Bruma / Fernanda Canales. Image © Rafael Gamo

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