Each year the Architectural League of New York selects eight emerging practitioners through a juried, invited portfolio competition. The Emerging Voices award spotlights individuals and firms based in the United States, Canada, or Mexico with distinct design voices and the potential to influence the disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture, and urbanism. The jury reviews significant bodies of realized work and considers accomplishments within the design and academic communities. The work of each Emerging Voice represents the best of its kind, and addresses larger issues within architecture, landscape, and the built environment.
This year, we’d like to single out 3 of the Emerging Voices with ties to Miami:
Benjamin Aranda and Chris Lasch founded New York- and Tucson-basedAranda\Lasch in 2003. Committed to “experimental research and innovative building,” Aranda\Lasch’s projects are “multiscalar and interdisciplinary,” operating at a wide range of scales from objects, furniture, and installations to buildings and landscapes. Recently Aranda\Lasch were finalists for the DawnTown – Metro 1 collaboration competition, The Wynwood Gateway Project, and the design of a multi-functional 5,000-square-foot space in the Design District.
Brian Phillips founded Philadelphia-based ISA in 2004. ISA is committed to “bringing innovative design with a strong environmental agenda to urban environments.” Although a particular focus is housing, the firm works in a wide range of scales and typologies in Philadelphia, Boston, and Chicago, as well as speculative projects for cities nation-wide. In 2012, Phillips was a visiting critic teaching design at the University of Miami School of Architecture. In 2013, his firm in collaboration with the Knight Foundation and Townhouse Center, developed housing prototypes for mid-scale urban development. For more on ISA, click here.
Roberto Rovira, a landscape architect with a design, engineering, and fine arts background, founded Studio Roberto Rovira in 2011. Committed to a “process of design development, analysis, and investigation that seeks larger connections to ecology, patterns, history, and time,” the firm produces work in a variety of scales and typologies, including public art, gardens, courtyards, parks, and event pavilions. Rovira has his practice in Miami and is chair of the Landscape Architecture department at Florida International University. Along with fellow FIU professor Nick Gelpi and local Miami artist Jim Drain, Rovira won the Wynwood Gateway Park Competition to design and build their proposal, Wynwood Greenhouse. For more on Studio Roberto Rovira, click here.
We’d also like to congratulate the other designers as nominated by the league. For the full list with biographies and work samples visit the Architectural League’s website by clicking here.
Emerging Voices is generously supported by Elise Jaffe + Jeffrey Brown, Maharam, and the Next Generation Fund of The Architectural League. Architectural League programs are additionally made possible, in part, by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.