November 1, 2018 Awards Submissions Open January 5, 2018 Submission Deadline January 19, 2018 Jury Day + Winners Announced April 12, 2018 Exhibition Opening 2018 Theme: " CONSEQUENCE " In these uncertain political, societal, economic, and cultural times, architecture can often feel secondary, relegated to the margins, or perhaps even the superfluous. Changing paradigms compound the already difficult terrain new practices in NYC must navigate. And yet, unstable circumstances offer an incredible opportunity to liberate architectural practice, challenge given assumptions, rethink established strategies, and develop new frameworks and ideas for the future. For this year’s New Practices New York competition, we are looking for firms that choose not to remain on the margins but rather actively and constructively engage their city, their society, and their context. We seek firms that offer new modes of thinking, create opportunities for thoughtful architecture, and take agency as designers in NYC. How are you shaping your practice to have consequence? How is your practice shaping and transforming the built environment and its future? How does your work resonate beyond the boundaries of the profession? How do you choose to define your role and in what context? We are calling for portfolios that contain design ideas, implemented or not, and leverage the capacity of architectural practice to offer transformative value within the broader context of the city. About New Practices New York, a biennial competition since 2006, serves as the preeminent platform to recognize and promote new and innovative architecture and design firms in NYC. Sponsored by the AIANY New Practices Committee, this juried portfolio competition honors architects that utilize unique and innovative strategies, both in the projects they undertake and the practices they have established. Submission Process This competition brief asks firms to submit one (1) landscape-oriented, 11”x17”, 10-page PDF portfolio (6MB maximum) and one (1) high-res, press-ready image. PDFs that do not conform to this format will be disqualified. All entries will be reviewed by a jury via digital projection. The PDF should also include a practice narrative (500 words maximum) that should be directed towards answering the following questions: Critical Practice How does your practice engage critically in the environmental, social, and technological conditions of our contemporary culture? How is your practice informed by the local and global context? Methods of Practice How do you as design professionals work together in new, different, and/or more supportive ways than traditional practices? How have concepts of collaboration and integration influenced the structure of your practice and the type of work it undertakes? Engagement of Practice What are the key issues that you address and advocate for as a practice? How do you choose to communicate and engage the agenda of your practice to a broader audience and public? Winners Receive ––Participation in an exhibition at the Center for Architecture to open April 12, 2018 ––A stipend towards the exhibition installation ––A free one-year membership to AIA New York ––Participation in a symposium to discuss their practice at the Center for Architecture ––An individual lecture at a local showroom (to be announced) ––Media exposure through AIANY and selected media sponsors Eligibility Requirements ––New practices are defined as architecture and design firms founded after January 1, 2008 ––The competition is open to all architects and designers, registered and non-registered ––Firm’s main office must be located within the five boroughs of NYC, including those that work internationally ––All work for built projects must credit the architect of record for the project on the individual portfolio page ––Theoretical and unbuilt work is welcome and encouraged Credits When applicable, the architect or firm of record, associate architects, project team, consultants, client, and general contractor must be credited. Failure to do so may lead to disqualification.
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New Practices New York, a distinguished competition that’s part of the AIA New York chapter, announced the six winners of its 2016 biennial competition on January 28. To qualify, the practices had to be located within New York City and founded since 2006; the competition was open to multidisciplinary firms, widening the talent pool. The winners are MODU, SCHAUM/SHIEH, stpmj, Studio Cadena, Taller KEN, and Young Projects. The panel of jurors selected the winners from 53 entries, the members are William Menking, AN’s editor-in-chief, Julian Rose, principal of Formlessfinder, Jane Smith, partner at Spacesmith, Martino Stierli, Philip Johnson chief curator of architecture and design at MoMA, and Ada Tolla, partner at LOT-EK. This year’s theme was Prospect and the jury evaluated the firms based on their ability to leverage multiple aspects of their projects and practices and the architecture profession as a whole. The firms will receive a stipend for an installation and exhibition at the Center for Architecture, which will open May 12, 2016, and will participate in symposia and lectures at the Cosentino Showroom, as well as travel to Spain with underwriter Cosentino. About the winners: MODU Codirected by Phu Hoang and Rachely Rotem, MODU is an interdisciplinary firm that focuses on directing people to their environments. The practice has won numerous awards and was given a commendation for “21 for 21” an award that recognizes “the next generation of architects for the 21st Century.” SCHAUM/SHIEH Founders Rosalyn Shieh and Troy Schaum established their firm in 2009 with an emphasis on the city at the scale of a building and the dialogue between projects and urban plans. They operate between Houston and New York City. stpmj Based in New York and Seoul, Seung Teak Lee and Mi Jung Lim founded their firm to explore new perspectives on material and structure with regard to our current social, cultural, environmental and economic fabric. Studio Cadena Benjamin Cadena founded his eponymous studio in Brooklyn; projects range from city planning and commercial projects to exhibitions, houses, and furniture. Taller KEN Part of the design team for the Whitney Museum of American Art, Gregory Melitonov and Ines Guzman founded their studio in 2013. The New York– and Guatemala-based firm’s work includes mixed-use development, residential projects, and installation design. Young Projects Bryan Young founded multidisciplinary design studio Young Projects in 2010 and projects include a retreat in the Dominican Republic, a townhouse in Williamsburg, and a Hamptons bungalow. The firm received the Architectural League Prize in 2013. The New Practices New York 2016 exhibition will be on view at the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place, New York City from May 12, 2016.
In 2006, the New York chapter of the AIA created the New Practices competition to showcase emerging architecture and design firms that could very well be the Next Big Thing in New York City. Among this year's winners are Unchung Na, Sorae Yoo, and Kiseok Oh of NAMELESS Architecture and they're presenting their winning work, (im)possible architecture, tomorrow night at the Hafele Showroom in Manhattan. "We believe in the new possibilities of architecture, which can modify the stubborn boundaries between fundamental ideas and everyday life," wrote NAMELESS in a statement. "This starts from an interest in looking at pre-existing firm things from a different perspective. The new role of the architect of our time is envisioned under the belief that everything can be reinterpreted and rediscovered. To achieve this, seemingly contradictory relationships are re-examined." The event, which offers 1 LU, runs from 5:30-7:30p.m. For more information on the event visit the AIA's event page.
The Center for Architecture is kicking off Archtober with an exhibition from New Practices New York. The biennial New Practices competition was started in 2006 as a way to “recognize and promote new and innovative architecture and design firms.” The 2014 competition winners are The Bittertang Farm, dlandstudio architecture + landscape, Fake Industries Architectural Agonism, form-ula, NAMELESS Architecture, PARA-Project. To be eligible for the competition, firms had to be founded after 2004 and located within New York City. The New Practices event will also include the “Live Your Life in Stone” exhibition presented by ABC Stone. Both events will be held from 6-8pm on October 1st at the Center for Architecture in Manhattan. More information on the events can be found on the Center's website.
Framed:Interfaces, Narratives, and the Convergence of Architectural and Internet Technologies Thursday, January 24 6:00pm-8:00pm AIA New Practices New York 29 Ninth Avenue/Axor NYC Showroom The Living, which sounds like an indie band but is actually one of the 2012 AIA New Practices New York winners, will conclude this year's New Practices conversation series with a bang. The firm has gained recognition for developing futuristic forms through new technologies and prototyping, and for "Framed: Interfaces, Narratives, and the Convergence of Architectural and Internet Technologies" The Living's David Benjamin, who also directs the Living Architecture Lab at Columbia's GSAPP, will sit down with Jonathan Lee, a designer at Google UXI, that company's design think tank. Following what promises to be a lively presentation and conversation, a reception will celebrate the conclusion of the New Practices series. The January 24 event, which is co-hosted by The Architect's Newspaper, will be held at Axor's NYC showroom. Free of charge with AIA CES credits provided. RSVP here.
We let you know about the exhibition, and now this year’s AIANY New Practices New York lecture series is kicking into gear following formlessfinder’s presentation late last month and a winner’s roundtable Monday night. The discussion was moderated by Dan Wood and Troy Therrien and included New Practices honorees Christian Wassmann, Amanda Schachter of SLO Architecture, Emily Abruzzo of ABRUZZO BODZIAK ARCHITECTS, Julian Rose of formlessfinder, and David Benjamin of The Living. The lecture series, featuring a presentation and discussion of each firm’s work, is held at the Axor/Hansgrohe showroom in the Meatpacking District and will continue through January. First up was formlessfinder, the team of Garrett Ricciardi and Julian Rose. Ricciardi earned his BFA from Cooper Union and Rose received a BA from Harvard in Art and Architectural History before both receiving Masters of Architecture from Princeton. The team has a critical approach to architecture that reflects their academic backgrounds, exploring the fundamental relationships between form and material. The name, since you’re wondering, derives from the philosopher Georges Bataille’s notion of the formless and his critique of the limiting and imposing nature of form. Formlessness describes a conception of architecture that is not limited by the historical and symbolic weight of materials; put simply, says Ricciardi, “architecture shouldn’t have to look like architecture.” The team investigates the physical limitations and possibilities of raw matter as architectural tool, using feedback from material tests to explore and inform structure. formlessfinder exploits building material with an understanding of sustainability that approaches building as inherently environmental. Rose explains, “sustainability leaves no surface safe,” and the symbolic appeal of a “green” material like bamboo is outweighed by the environmental cost of shipping it across the globe. Their short-listed PS1 pavilion proposed arches made from an inexpensive erosion-control geotextile that are filled with gravel at the bases and foam cubes curving above, an intentionally inefficient use of material, but can be almost entirely sourced close to the site. Monday’s roundtable discussion, held at the Center for Architecture, involved a short introduction from each of the firms followed by group discussion about the firms’ multidisciplinary outlooks, manipulation of technology, and metrics of success. Many of the works presented were speculative investigations of material and form, such as formlessfinder’s aforementioned material tests and ABRUZZO BODZIAK’s Peaks & Valleys shading system. Of the built works presented, most were small-scale and more research-oriented than purely architectural, such as The Living’s Living Light canopy in Seoul that displays real-time information about the city’s air quality. SLO researched environmental and social impacts of development along the Bronx River, creating a model of the watershed from reclaimed material that includes historical ecology and infrastructure, then ferrying it up the river with kayaks. While the lack of larger-scale commissioned work is an effect of the commercial climate, all firms have high ambitions; in defining success, Christian Wassman said, "I don't want to be a big architect, I want to be an influential one." AIANY will continue New Practices New York programs with several guided exhibition tours in July and August, while the lecture series will return September 27 with SLO Architecture and run through January. Below is the complete lecture schedule. We’ll see you there! Presentation and Conversation with SLO Architecture Thursday September 27th, 2012, 6-8 PM, Axor NYC Presentation and Conversation with HOLLER architecture Tuesday October 16th, 2012, 6-8 PM, Axor NYC Presentation and Conversation with ABRUZZO BODZIAK ARCHITECTS Thursday November 15th, 2012, 6-8 PM, Axor NYC Presentation and Conversation with Christian Wassmann Thursday December 13th, 2012, 6-8 PM, Axor NYC Presentation and Conversation with The Living January TBA, 2013, 6-8 PM, Axor NYC
2012 New Practices New York Center for Architecture 536 LaGuardia Place Through September 8 When Joe Aliotta took over chapter presidency for AIANY in January he said he wanted to bring fresh faces to the profession. New Practices New York (NPNY) and the Emerging New York Architects (ENYA) competitions became the cornerstone of his Future Now theme for 2012. New Practices opened on June 14 and ENYA's Harlem Edge show is opening on July 12 at the Center for Architecture. The NPNY competition was open to multidisciplinary firms undergoing the process of licensing. This year's brought seven firms to the winner's circle: ABRUZZO BODZIAK ARCHITECTS, Christian Wassmann, formlessfinder, HOLLER architecture, The Living, MARC FORNES & THEVERYMANY, and SLO Architecture. At the opening of NPNY, the winners presented built and unbuilt work that ranged from the highly experiential, like SLO's Harvest Dome, to the densely theoretical, like The Living's Eames-ish 12 Powers of Ten. As Aliotta had hoped, the opening night of the exhibit brought together established archifolk with the young firms. Mark Lamster was deep in conversation with Anne Guiney of the Institute for Urban Design, no doubt getting some pre-Biennale scoops. Our own editor-in-chief William Menking, who also served as juror for the competition, greeted UN Studio's Ben van Berkel, while web editor Branden Klayko and Dattner principal Jeff Dugan speculated on the fabrication of the massive aluminum panels going up on Steven Holl's Baker Field building at Columbia. Holler told AN about a new project he's working on in Costa Rica, while Schachter brought us up to date on the relaunch of Harvest Dome. We're looking forward to the lecture component of the exhibition begining with formlessfinder tomorrow night, Thursday, June 28 at 6:00 p.m. at Axor, 29 Ninth Avenue, in Manhattan. Here's the complete schedule of presentations: Practice Makes Imperfect - Presentation and Conversation with formlessfinder Thursday, June 28th, 2012, 6-8 PM, Axor NYC New Practices New York 2012 Winners Roundtable Monday, July 16th, 2012, 6-8 PM The Center for Architecture Presentation and Conversation with SLO Architecture Thursday September 27th, 2012, 6-8 PM, Axor NYC Presentation and Conversation with HOLLER architecture Tuesday October 16th, 2012, 6-8 PM, Axor NYC Presentation and Conversation with ABRUZZO BODZIAK ARCHITECTS Thursday November 15th, 2012, 6-8 PM, Axor NYC Presentation and Conversation with Christian Wassmann Thursday December 13th, 2012, 6-8 PM, Axor NYC Presentation and Conversation with The Living January TBA, 2013, 6-8 PM, Axor NYC ABRUZZO BODZIAK's artist statement in NPNY catalog described the firm's attraction to wide ranging influences from artist Dan Flavin and Robert Smithson to filmmaker David Lynch. But their wire paraboloid sculpture in the Center's front window (see above photo) seems far more concrete than esoteric. This is a firm rooted in math. SLO Architecture's Harvest Dome made from umbrella skeletons was marooned on Rikers Island last year; the firm is gearing up to relaunch this fall. Amanda Schachter of SLO discussed the the hopeful relaunch (see video below). Only a small fragment of the original water craft was recovered and is on display as part of the exhibition. "The city is the ultimate ecosystem and it influences the way we see everything." The statement came from The Living regarding their design approach, which takes a very Eames-ian form of analysis at the Center, from the molecular on through to space, albeit with updated graphics. Formlessfinder says its name is derived from the fact that the studio operates like a "'finder' in the sense of a search engine that can fluidly analyze a wide range of fields and produce diverse outputs (buildings, pictures, videos, models, products, data, software)." Christian Wassmann chose three words to describe his firm's design philosophy: "performative, analogue, alchemy." But analogue meets binary in East Village Radio, a website with storefront on First Avenue. The somewhat-crude mockup of the beloved booth is on display at the Center, alongside renderings and photos of Wassmann's other clean-lined built works. Tobias Holler's vision for Long Island finds a spiky representation on the walls of the Center where cone shaped formations rest atop a map of New York's metro area. The formations correspond in scale to proposed population clusters along the length of Long Island. In Hollar's vision, Long Island Radically Rezoned, pod-like population centers free up large swaths of green space to be reclaimed for nature.
On June 14, 2012, the AIA New York will showcase six of the seven winning firms from the 4th biennial New Practices New York 2012 competition, promoting new and promising firms in New York, at a party at the Center for Architecture. This year, the winning firms contended with over fifty entries to earn the designation. The New Practices New York contest was limited to firms founded after 2006 and located within New York City’s five boroughs, but despite the restrictions, the competition was open to multidisciplinary firms, widening the variety of the work being submitted. To the design enthusiast’s delight, the exhibition will showcase work varying from architectural models to projections and installations. Along with the exhibition, a symposium will be arranged to further enlighten its visitors. An opening party for the exhibition will take place Thursday, June 14th from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Center for Architecture. A panel discussion will follow shortly after on July 16th at 6:00 p.m. with presentations from the winning firms: ABRUZZO BODZIAK ARCHITECTS, HOLLER architecture, The Living, SLO Architecture, formlessfinder and Christian Wassmann. All free and open to the public, the exhibition and scheduled symposiums will last till September 8th, 2012.
Joseph Aliotta, a principal at Swanke Hayden Connell, took over the chapter presidency of the AIANY last month, ushering in the Center for Architecture’s 2012 theme: “Future Now.” Aliotta plans a two-prong approach that will focus on the future of the profession and of the future of the built environment. A first generation New Yorker, Aliotta said his blue-collar Brooklyn roots partly informed his efforts to bring fresh faces to the profession. A City College education yielded his family’s second college degree (an older cousin got the first), inspiring him to volunteer at the ACE Mentor Program, which lends a hand to high school students aspiring to be architects and engineers. “They may not look like me, but they are just like me,” he said of today’s first generation New Yorkers. Aliotta doesn’t plan on reinventing the wheel to bring newcomers to the Center. Instead, he plans to capitalize on existing career development programs, like Emerging New York Architects (ENYA) and New Practices New York competition. Rather than dreaming up new exhibition themes, the ENYA and New Practices competitions will act as flagships to the year’s programming. The thinking is that over the summer months when students are out of school, they’ll populate the Center and drive the programming effort. A one-day conference where students and young professionals set the agenda is planned for September. Regarding the built environment, Aliotta has requested that all 27 committees at AIANY focus on future needs to answer the question, “Where are we going to grow?” He added that even committees that may seem to go against the grain of a future-focused theme, like the Historic Buildings committee, fit quite nicely into the program when it comes to greening and maintaining older buildings. Even though the new president isn't not planning marquee moments, changes are already taking place. “It’s not about how many events we have, it’s about a change of culture,” he said. He noted that with the year’s theme announced, several of the existing committees have reached out to the ENYA members to coordinate with them, creating a casual interaction between established and new members. “That collaboration and that energy results in a mentorship that’s natural and not forced," said Aliotta.
The New Practices New York juried portfolio competition took place on Wednesday. This biennial competition, sponsored by the AIA New York chapter and now in its third iteration, has quickly become one of New York City’s most important launching pads for architects who have been in practice for less than five years. The winners are featured in an exhibition at the Center for Architecture, which usually travels to the national AIA convention and other architectural societies (this year’s winners will be featured in Sao Paulo, Brazil) plus a one-year free membership in the AIA and visibility as a firm on the rise in this highly competitive city. This year’s jury included Toshiko Mori as lead juror, Joe MacDonald (a New Practices winner in 2008), Guy Nordenson, Galia Solomonoff, and yours truly. After reviewing nearly 70 portfolios and much wrangling about what makes a good presentation—debating the value of portfolios with only theoretical and unbuilt work versus those with completed projects, and whether work done in earlier offices of employment for young architects should be included—we selected seven winners. The winning 2010 firms are: Easton+Combs, which earned the highest honor, and whose entry for the P.S.1 Young Architects program is pictured above, along with: Archipelagos Leong Leong Manifold SOFTlab SO-IL Tacklebox Congratulations to the winners!