Architectural Record’s annual Design Vanguard issue, which began in 2000, spotlights architects doing some of the most innovative work in the field who will lead the profession in the future. They are the firms at the forefront of design, led by architects to watch.
According to the four designers behind Barcelona-based MAIO Studio, a completed project isn’t necessarily done: “There’s always something unfinished that demands someone else take over,” says Anna Puigjaner, one of the founders.
Winning a competition like New Practices New York—AIA New York’s platform for recognizing emerging talent—can propel a young studio’s growth, as this year’s winners Ines Guzman Mendez and Gregory Kahn Melitonov learned.
Shunning conventional terms like principal and firm, Greg Corso and Molly Hunker consider themselves cocaptains of their emerging design team. It’s fitting, then, that the duo decided to name their collaboration SPORTS.