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.
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.
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.