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Why "Young Architecture" is a Detriment to the Profession

09:30 - 6 March, 2015
Why "Young Architecture" is a Detriment to the Profession, The Artworks Elephant by Harper Downie. Image Courtesy of The Architectural Review
The Artworks Elephant by Harper Downie. Image Courtesy of The Architectural Review

As one of the first organizations to implement a regular award for young architects, The Architectural Review has had its eye on youth for over a decade and a half. But with awards, exhibitions and media coverage of those conspicuously labeled as "Young Architects" proliferating in the years since, has the concept now been co-opted by those who merely seek to monetize and exploit architecture's most precarious practitioners? In this polemical article, originally published by The Architectural Review as "The problem with 'Young Architecture'," AR Assistant Editor Phineas Harper and Phil Pawlett Jackson unpick how the cult of "Young Architecture" has been absorbed into the profession, with potentially harmful ramifications.

When the romantic notion of the architect as auteur, a high priest in the cult of culture, is married to the virginal myth of untainted youth, a potent marketable commodity is brewed: the "Young Architect". All but invisible when the AR launched its Emerging Architecture prize at the end of the 20th century, this breed is now celebrated in numerous awards, exhibitions and published collections. But beware the cult of youth − there is a broad landscape of risks as well as opportunities facing designers who choose this identity willingly or have it thrust upon them.

Search for the 2014 Young Architect of the Year Begins

00:00 - 20 August, 2014
Search for the 2014 Young Architect of the Year Begins, Ferreries Cultural Centre by [ARQUITECTURIA], the 2013 YAYA Winner. Image © Pedro Pegenaute
Ferreries Cultural Centre by [ARQUITECTURIA], the 2013 YAYA Winner. Image © Pedro Pegenaute

The search for the 2014 Young Architect of the Year Awards (YAYA), organised by BDOnline, has begun. Now in its 16th year, YAYA "recognises the most promising new architectural practice in the European Union." Open to fully qualified architects who have been practising for twelve years or less, the winner of this year's YAYA will be announced at the Architect of the Year Awards gala dinner on the 2nd December 2014 at The Brewery, London.

Young Architect of the Year Award Shortlist Announced

00:00 - 10 October, 2013
Young Architect of the Year Award Shortlist Announced, Ferreries Cultural Centre by '[ARQUITECTURIA]'. Image © Pedro Pegenaute
Ferreries Cultural Centre by '[ARQUITECTURIA]'. Image © Pedro Pegenaute

This week the shortlist for this year's Young Architect of the Year Award (YAYA) was announced. The YAYA, organized by BD and now in its 15th year, has become a high-profile springboard for many practices led by architects under 40.

For the first time, this year the award is open to architects from outside the UK, allowing any practice based in the EU a chance to apply. The shortlist reflects this new opportunity, featuring practices from Belgium and Spain among the list of five.

The 2013 YAYA Shortlist includes:

UK's Young Architect of the Year Awards Invites European Entries

00:00 - 27 March, 2013
UK's Young Architect of the Year Awards Invites European Entries

European architects can now compete in the UK’s prestigious Young Architect of the Year Award (YAYA). Now in its 16th year, YAYA is the only prize that recognizes the UK’s most promising new architectural practice and is a crucial means of allowing new practices to emerge.