News
03.03.2010
Emerging Voices 2010
The Architectural League's 27th annual group of Emerging Voices is firmly in keeping with the program's mission of highlighting the most inventive new practices around. AN profiles the eight selected firms, whose globe-spanning work and boundary-breaking ideas show that even small practices still have opportunities to think big.
L.E.FT's plan for the town of Holmestrand, Norway.
Courtesy L.E.FT

The rite of passage for architects known as Emerging Voices has for 27 years told us whom to watch. The Architectural League-sponsored lecture series has been dependably prescient in its selection of talent on the rise, whether it was Morphosis in 1983, Toshiko Mori in 1992, or Teddy Cruz in 2006. Probably of even greater fascination is the map of interests that the series plots from year to year. The lines are not hard-drawn, but over time, and retrospectively, they become clear indicators of the profession’s concerns and direction.

Last year, Anne Rieselbach, program director at the League, wondered if 2010 would produce more theoretical thinking and speculative projects. Intriguingly, that has not been the case. Instead, readers will find not only a broad geographical diversity in firms hailing from Vancouver to Milwaukee to Mexico City, but also that their commissions are spread all over the globe, from Anchorage to Beirut to China.

Firm size is clearly no longer a bar to innovative ideas finding expression abroad. While intensity is the likely hallmark of these ambitious firms, an even more encouraging sign is the consistent commitment to finding ways to get involved from within the system—be it bureaucratic, academic, or social—in order to change not only buildings themselves but how the world is built.


Emerging Voices 2010

 
COURTESY L.E.FT
 

L.E.FT

 

 

 

 

 


 
COURTESY tatiana bilbao
 

Tatiana Bilbao

 

 

 

 

 

 



iwan baan
 
 

Slade Architecture

 

 

 

 

 
 

 


 
COURTESY studio sumo
 

Studio SUMO

 

 

 

 

 

 



glessner group
 
 

Rojkind Arquitectos

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
kevin miyazaki
 

La Dallman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
COURTESY molo
 

molo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



COURTESY urbanlab
 
 

UrbanLab