The editors of Architectural Record are looking for the best emerging firms and practitioners from around the world to include in the 2024 cohort of Design Vanguard. The award program recognizes 10 leading young firms and individuals who represent the promise of the next generation of architects.
Based in Brooklyn's Gowanus neighborhood, husband-and-wife partners Nicholas and Deirdre McDermott founded their firm “on the belief that the future provides us with opportunity to constantly improve on the past.”
Founded in 2016 by Zhou Suning, Tang Tao, and Wu Ziye, the Nanjing-based practice got its start in rural China, where government investment aims to revitalize areas that have long suffered from lagging economic development and depopulation.
With a “farm-to-shelter” mentality, BLDUS founders Andrew Linn and Jack Becker have taken a hands-on approach to designing structures with a sustainable aesthetic that challenge mainstream stick-built construction.
A decade into their shared practice, Mexico City–born Ingrid Moye and Berlin-born Christoph Zeller use their bicontinental arrangement to execute projects in both Latin America and Europe, allowing their experiences to inform one another.
According to firm principal J. Jih, whose studio works out of a converted warehouse in Boston’s South End arts district, architecture is a place “to dissect value, encounter the values of others, and continually evolve one’s own values.”
Credits: 1 AIA LU/Elective; 1 AIBD P-CE; 0.1 IACET CEU May qualify for learning hours through most Canadian architectural associations
Three recipients of RECORD’s 2021 Design Vanguard Award discuss how they paved their own paths to starting their practices, through collaborative work, community outreach, a shifting client base, and a focus on sustainability.