Since 2000, Design Vanguard has showcased
emerging architects from around the world.
For this program, RECORD looks at firms
established no more than 10 years ago that
are demonstrating inventive approaches to
shaping the built environment. Unlike some
years past, when young architects were still
coping with the economic downturn, this
year’s winners have a robust body of built
work and are making a big impact on the
places where they practice.
In October, the city council of Santa Monica, California, approved a sweeping ordinance requiring all newly built single-family homes, as well as duplexes and low-rise multifamily buildings, to have zero net energy (ZNE) consumption.
Perusing the Oslo-based firm Superunion Architects’ portfolio is a bit like zooming in and out with a telephoto lens: some views reveal the wider picture, while others bring even minute details into focus.
Walk into any of the 154 architecture schools certified by the National Architectural Accrediting Board and you are likely to encounter students working long hours in the design studio, learning their craft in small groups through desk crits and pinups.
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.