Six architecture practices have been named winners of this year’s New Practices New York 2016 competition, which recognizes emerging architecture and design firms founded since 2006 and located within the five boroughs of New York City. This year’s winners: MODU, SCHAUM/SHIEH, stpmj, Studio Cadena, Taller KEN, and Young Projects.
Jurors included William Menking, editor in chief, The Architect’s Newspaper; Julian Rose, principal, Formlessfinder; Jane Smith, AIA, IIDA, ASID, partner, Spacesmith; Martino Stierli, the Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design, MoMA; Ada Tolla, partner, LOT-EK.
“With its sixth biennial competition, AIA New York and its New Practices Committee continue their commitment to serving as a platform for new and innovative models of architecture practice,” said AIANY New Practices Committee co-chairs Christopher Leong, Assoc. AIA, and Philipp von Dalwig, Assoc. AIA. “The entries to the 10th-anniversary competition showed, once more, the diversity of architecture practices in New York City. Considering this year’s theme of ‘Prospect,’ the jury recognized six winners that have leveraged multiple aspects of the architecture profession, utilizing unique and innovative strategies, both in the projects and the practices they have started. We congratulate these six winners and look forward to presenting their work during 2016.”
“I was extremely impressed by the diversity of the work of this year’s winners across project type and site,” shares juror Jane Smith, AIANY’s vice president for professional development. “Common to all was a strong commitment to research and experimentation in the areas of environment, materials, form and social engagement. The jury was mutually drawn to work that was comparatively modest in scale, formed with an elegant simplicity and rich with innovative uses for natural and handcrafted materials.”
Winners will receive a stipend for an installation and exhibition at the Center for Architecture, opening May 12. They will also participate in symposia and lectures at the Cosentino City showroom in New York, and will travel to Spain with contest underwriter Cosentino.