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Introducing The Architectural League’s 2022 Rising Voices awardees


The Architectural League of New York has revealed the 2022 class of Rising Voices.

Held yearly since 1982, Rising Voices is an invited, juried portfolio competitors spotlighting eight nascent practices and people primarily based in the USA, Mexico, and Canada that possess “distinct design voices and the potential to affect the disciplines of structure, panorama design, and urbanism,” per The Architectural League. Up to now, the celebrated award has been bestowed to over 300 design practitioners and educators who’ve made singular contributions to the constructed surroundings whereas addressing bigger social themes of the day. Previous winners embody Thom Mayne and Michael Rotondi (1983), Toshiko Mori (1992), James Nook (2001), Eric Höweler & Meejin Yoon (2007), Tatiana Bilbao (2010), Jing Liu and Florian Idenburg (2013), Chris Leong and Dominic Leong (2017), Fernanda Canales (2018), and Olalekan Jeyifous (2020).

Representing cities spanning from Chicago to Charlotte to Cambridge and past, this 12 months’s Rising Voices had been chosen as a part of a two-stage assessment course of from a pool of fifty entrants by an eight-person jury composed of design professionals primarily based throughout North America together with, as is custom, a number of earlier winners. Becoming a member of Architectural League president Paul Lewis on this 12 months’s jury had been Ersela Kripa, El Paso, Texas; Zach Mortice, Chicago; Marc Neveu, Tempe, Arizona; Rashida Ng, Philadelphia; Chelina Odbert, Los Angeles; Susan Scott, Vancouver, British Columbia; Saidee Springall, Mexico Metropolis, and Sara Zewde, New York Metropolis.

“I might say that I’m very proud of the profitable companies,” Kripa relayed to AN. (Kripa is a 2018 Rising Voices awardee alongside Stephen Mueller, her co-founding associate at AGENCY Structure.)

“They develop the bounds of architectural follow in the direction of inclusive and actually accessible work inside communities,” Kripa added. “All of them share a way of moral obligation, which ought to information the self-discipline in each kind.”

Within the coming days, AN will publish a collection of standalone profiles of every of this 12 months’s eight newly-minted Rising Voices. And kicking off on March 10 is The Architectural League’s complementary Rising Voices lecture collection. Held just about through Zoom on Thursday evenings, the free and open-to-the-public collection concludes on March 31.

Till then, AN is happy to current the 2022 Rising Voices awardees full with transient descriptions of their work as offered by The Architectural League:

Azra Akšamija
MIT Future Heritage Lab | Cambridge, Massachusetts

green matrix screen with blue lighting
Reminiscence Matrix, Cambridge, Massachusetts; 2016 | MIT Future Heritage Lab. (Picture by Lillian Kology)

Azra Akšamija is the founding director of MIT Future Heritage Lab, an artwork, schooling, and preservation lab primarily based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Akšamija’s work explores “[the] destruction of cultural infrastructures inside the context of battle, migration, and compelled displacement,” in accordance with her web site. By way of textiles, pictures, design, animation, and writing, she develops “resistant infrastructures” that intention to problem social incongruities and enhance the lives of communities below menace. Akšamija is an affiliate professor within the MIT Division of Structure, the place she directs the Artwork, Tradition and Expertise Program.

Paola Aguirre Serrano, Dennis Milam
Borderless Studio | Chicago

rendering of a street beneath an elevated train station
California Avenue and CTA Pink Line Station California Station, Chicago, 2021 | Borderless Studio (Courtesy Borderless Studio)

Borderless Studio is a design and analysis follow primarily based in Chicago and San Antonio. The studio describes its focus as “connecting communities to design processes and cultivating collaborative design company by means of interdisciplinary initiatives.” In partnership with native stakeholders, Borderless designs and enacts a variety of city interventions that intention to advertise spatial justice and fairness. Current initiatives embody Inventive Grounds, a collection of collaborative activation initiatives at a former elementary faculty within the Chicago neighborhood of Bronzeville, and Buena Vida Selection Neighborhood Plan, a transformative neighborhood plan for a Nineteen Forties-era public housing website in Brownsville, Texas.

Jorge Arvizu, Ignacio del Río, Emmanuel Ramírez, Diego Ricalde
Estudio MMX | Mexico Metropolis

a semi-enclosed courtyard with reflecting pools
Website Museum, Progreso, Mexico; 2021 | Estudio MMX (Picture by Dane Alonso)

Estudio MMX is a Mexico Metropolis-based design follow based in 2010 by Jorge Arvizu, Ignacio del Río, Emmanuel Ramírez, and Diego Ricalde. In its personal phrases, the studio interrogates “the processes of producing private and non-private areas, the definition of the bounds between inside and exterior, and the ambivalence implicit in these dichotomies.” Throughout its numerous vary of initiatives, Estudio MMX prioritizes participatory design, vernacular custom, and environmental integrity. Current initiatives embody Jojutla Central Gardens, a civic sq. in a neighborhood affected by the 2017 earthquake in Mexico, and Website Museum, a museum whose design blurs the boundaries between inside and exterior.

Felecia Davis
Felecia Davis Studio | State Faculty, Pennsylvania

a suspended sculptural installation
Black Flower Antenna, Museum of Fashionable Artwork, New York, 2021 | Felecia Davis (Picture by Germane Barnes)

Felecia Davis is a researcher and designer centered on the probabilities of computational textiles: “textiles that reply to their surroundings through programming, embedded sensors, and electronics,” as Davis describes them. By way of its diversified experimentations with this manner, her follow goals to reimagine the probabilities for textiles in structure, each to attain lighter-weight buildings and to speak by means of fiber. Davis is an affiliate professor on the Stuckeman Heart for Design Computing within the College of Structure and Panorama Structure at Pennsylvania State College and is the director of [email protected] She is a founding member and an government officer of the Black Reconstruction Collective.

Behnaz Assadi, Nima Javidi
JA Structure Studio | Toronto

black and white photo of a sculptural building in a narrow infill lot
Markham, Toronto, in progress | JA Structure Studio (Courtesy JA Structure Studio)

JA Structure Studio is a Toronto-based follow led by Iranian-Canadian architects Behnaz Assadi and Nima Javidi. The studio’s work emphasizes gentle wooden body building, geometric experimentation, and vernacular kind. From the slender plots of Toronto’s Queen West neighborhood to large-scale worldwide design competitions, JA Structure Studio employs a “one-to-one” course of, outlined by Assadi and Javidi as a design strategy formed by means of “the bodily register of immigration, of being barely off from the context that you just aspire to suit inside, wrestle with, and finally change.” Assadi is an assistant professor on the College of Toronto College of Structure, Panorama, and Design. Javidi is presently the Gwathmey Professor of Design on the Cooper Union.

Daniel Adams, Marie Regulation Adams
Touchdown Studio | Somerville, Massachusetts

a verdant landscape at a waterfront industrial site
P.O.R.T Park, Chelsea, Massachusetts; ongoing | Touchdown Studio (Courtesy Touchdown Studio)

Touchdown Studio is a Massachusetts-based structure and concrete design follow. From marine docks to freeway underpasses, the studio reimagines energetic industrial and infrastructural websites as accessible public areas. It describes its work as “[leveraging] the distinctive scales and qualities of those areas to convey spectacular, monumental, and pleasant dimensions into the general public realm.” Tasks embody The P.O.R.T., the conversion of a 13-million-gallon oil tank farm right into a publicly accessible multi-use waterfront, and Marginal Avenue Neighborhood–Business Seam, a redesign of the border between a heavy industrial waterfront and a high-density, low-income immigrant neighborhood. Daniel Adams is the director of the College of Structure at Northeastern College. Marie Regulation Adams is a lecturer on city design at MIT.

Sekou Cooke
sekou cooke STUDIO | Charlotte, North Carolina

deconstructed shipping containers on a vacant lot
Grids + Griots, Chicago, 2021 | sekou cooke STUDIO (Picture by Nathan Keay)

sekou cooke STUDIO is an structure and concrete design follow based in 2008. In its personal phrases, the studio is “centered on the exploration of Hip-Hop Structure, an strategy to up to date design that embraces hip-hop tradition and applies its form, construction, and ideologies to the constructed surroundings.” The studio’s work consists of public, nonprofit, and residential initiatives, in addition to short-term installations and speculative designs. The studio’s founding principal Sekou Cooke is the director of the Grasp of City Design program at The College of North Carolina at Charlotte, the 2021/2022 Nasir Jones Hiphop Fellow on the Hutchins Heart for African & African American Analysis at Harvard College, and a founding member of the Black Reconstruction Collective.

Tsz Yan Ng
Tsz Yan Ng Design | Ann Arbor, Michigan

people gather beneath a sheltered outdoor pavilion with a timber roof structure
SPLAM_SPatial LAMinated Timber (SLT) Pavilion/Out of doors Classroom, Chicago, 2021 | Tsz Yan Ng Design, Skidmore Owings & Merrill, Epic Academy. (Picture by Kendall McCaugherty/Corridor & Merrick Photographers)

Tsz Yan Ng Design is a analysis and artistic follow primarily based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Its work advances ‘“improvements that aren’t solely extra in tune with up to date constructing processes, however are additionally aspirational in integrating socially, ethically, and environmentally pushed imperatives,” within the phrases of its founder Tsz Yan Ng. Targeted on experimentations with concrete and the intersections of clothes manufacturing and structure, the follow interrogates the numerous aspects and types of labor within the R&D subject. Tasks embody Thermoplastic Concrete Casting, an exploration of molding strategies for glass fiber bolstered concrete, and Robotic Needle Felting, a novel additive manufacturing approach for nonwoven textiles. Ng is an assistant professor on the College of Michigan’s Taubman Faculty of Structure and City Planning.



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