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AIANY New Practices New York 2010 winners, New York, United States

Friday 21 May 2010

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Easton Combs LUX NOVA, MoMA PS1, Queens, New York City PS1 photo credit: Adam Ward 
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AIA NY chapter honors emerging firms 

Once upon a time the KPFs, SOMs and any number of architectural acronyms were the new guys in town. To mark the next wave of New York's leaders in architecture, the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter have announced the winner of its biannual New York portfolio competition. The seven firms, which have won the New Practices New York 2010 competition are: EASTON+COMBS, which earned the highest honor; Archipelagos; Leong Leong; Manifold; SOFTlab; SO-IL and Tacklebox.

These young firms — each was founded since 2004 — will be featured in an exhibition and programming at the Center for Architecture in New York City, throughout the summer and fall, and will be featured in 2011 in an exhibition in São Paolo.

In order to qualify for the competition, the practices had to be founded since 2004, and be located within the five boroughs. This is the first year that the New Practices competition has been open to firms without a registered architect, widening the field of entrants to architectural designers and young professionals in the process of becoming licensed architects. Sixty-five registrants entered, and a jury selected the competition’s winners on 12 May. The jury members were: Toshiko Mori, FAIA, lead juror, Toshiko Mori Architect; Joe MacDonald, associate AIA, Urban A&O; William Menking, The Architect’s Newspaper; Guy Nordenson, Guy Nordenson and Associates; and Galia Solomonoff, AIA, Solomonoff Architecture Studio.

“This year’s juried portfolio competition shows that despite the economic conditions in New York of the last few years, New York continues to foster tenacity, invention, and sophistication in both the ways new architecture and design firms practice, as well as in the range of built and speculative work they produce,” said Matt Bremer, AIA, New Practices Committee co-chairman and former New Practices winner. “We look forward to giving these firms exposure and a platform on which they can build.”

While the AIA New York Chapter, with close to 5,000 members, is the oldest and largest chapter of an 85,0000-member national organization, the chapter’s commitment to support and promote young and emerging talent is expressed through this third iteration of the biennial New Practices competition. “We are heartened to see how these firms are re-imagining the future of the profession,” explained AIANY president Anthony Schirripa, FAIA, “They are the design leaders of the 21st century.”

The exhibition will be on view from 15 July to 23 October at:
Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place, New York City.

The New Practices 2010 exhibition will feature videos and interviews with each firm. The exhibition, designed by Leven Betts, will travel to São Paolo in 2011.

Jennifer Potash
News Editor

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