MoMA has announced five finalists for the 2016 Young Architects Program. The winner will design and build an installation in MoMA PS1’s courtyard during the summer Warm Up performance series. The honor is considered one of the most prestigious platforms for emerging architects in the United States and internationally. Notably, there are no New York architects on the lists this year.
This is the program’s seventeenth year. To choose the finalists, editors of architecture publications and deans of architecture schools nominate around twenty established architects working in a new style or with new methods, current students, and recent architecture school graduates. Practitioners and curators from the art and architecture worlds winnow the field down to five finalists.
First Office / Andrew Atwood and Anna Neimark, Los Angeles
ESCOBEDO + SOLIS / Lazbent Pavel Escobedo Amaral and Andres Soliz Paz, Mexico City
ULTRAMODERNE / Yasmin Vobis and Aaron Forrest, Providence, Rhode Island
COBALT OFFICE / Andrew Colopy and Robert Booth, Houston, Texas
Frida Escobedo / Mexico City
Last year, Madrid- and New York–based Andres Jacque Architects/Office for Political Innovation won the competition with COSMO, a living machine that makes the water filtration process visible. The whimsical installation commented on sustainability as well as architecture as the product of global networks. COSMO was sourced from generic parts in Spain, shipped to New York, and assembled onsite.