2020 Architectural League Prize for Young Architects + Designers | Value

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2020 Architectural League Prize for Young Architects + Designers | Value

February 10, 2020 @ 5:00 pm EST


2020 Architectural League Prize for Young Architects + Designers | Value

Monday, February 10, 2020 5:00 p.m. EST

Lucia Allais
Paul Lewis
Anna Puigjaner
Nanako Umemoto

Kutan Ayata
Mira Henry
Kevin Hirth

Young architects and designers are invited to submit work to the annual Architectural League Prize Competition. Projects of all types, either theoretical or real, and executed in any medium, are welcome. The jury will select work for presentation in lectures, digital media, and an exhibition in June 2020. Winners will receive a cash prize of $2,000.

Established in 1981 to recognize visionary work by young practitioners, the Architectural League Prize is an annual competition, lecture series, and exhibition organized by The Architectural League and its Young Architects + Designers Committee. Learn more about past winners of The Architectural League Prize here.

Value is a slippery construct in architecture, leading to thoughts of numbers, colors, measurement, worth, and ethics. Value can be personal or shared, analytical or sensorial. It suggests economic and aesthetic highs and lows and hints at the ideological urgencies that undergird and influence the production of architecture. In its many forms, value demonstrates a stance toward the wider world, influencing how we act, sense, imagine, and create, both collectively and individually.

In a time of political and social precariousness when all cultural value sets seem publicly permissible, this year’s Architectural League Prize competition asks how notions of value operate in your work. How are your values mediated by the processes of design? What are the discursive contexts, forms of representation, and/or spaces of action in which these values manifest themselves?

Winners will present their work in lectures, digital media, and an exhibition in June 2020. Winners will receive a cash prize of $2,000. 

The competition is open only to current full-time residents (who need not be citizens) of the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Entrants must be ten years or less out of a bachelor’s or master’s degree program. Current students are ineligible.

Entrants may submit individually or as a group. If the individual(s) is/are the sole principal(s) of a firm, the winning firm name will be listed as well. Entrants must submit work done independently; no work done as an employee of a firm, where the entrant is not a principal or partner, is eligible for submission. No student work completed for any academic program or degree is eligible for submission. Educators may not include work done for their studios or classes. Past League Prize winners (individuals or firms) are ineligible. If only one partner of a firm is eligible, he or she can enter as a single entrant. He or she must include a signed document from all other partners describing the collaborative nature of the work and the firm will not be listed as a recipient of the Prize. Collaborative work between unrelated firms or individuals is eligible if the partnership is equal; any project with collaborators must include a signed document from the other collaborator(s) describing the collaborative nature of the work. Collaborative work will be considered within the context of an applicant’s complete portfolio.

No Architectural League board members or staff members; no firms or immediate family of board or staff members (spouse/partner; children; siblings); no firms or immediate family of jury members (spouse/partner; children; siblings) are eligible to participate in the competition. Individuals who work for the firms of League board members may enter the competition, if they are submitting independent work carried out without connection to the firm.

A single printed portfolio, which may include several projects, must be bound and no larger than 11″×14″. The portfolio may not contain more than thirty double-sided pages. Digital materials will not be accepted.

The competition theme is given as a basis for young architects and designers to reflect upon and reevaluate their work. A written statement not to exceed 250 words is required, which defines and considers the work under the rubric of the competition theme. Significant weight is given to how an applicant’s work addresses the theme. The written statement must be on the first page of the portfolio.

Entries must be received at the League office by 5:00 p.m. EST February 10, 2020, or postmarked by that date. Entries should be delivered to 594 Broadway, Suite 607, New York, NY 10012.

Each entrant must submit an entry fee of $35. Entrants may pay the fee here or include cash or a check payable to The Architectural League of New York with their submission. If paying online, please be sure that the credit card is in the name of one of the entrants; we are unable to accept payments made on behalf of others.

Each entrant must submit two versions of the entry form: one form available here and one hardcopy form included with the submission itself. Insert the completed hardcopy form into an unsealed envelope attached to the inside back cover of the submission. To maintain anonymity, no identification of the entrant may appear on any part of the submission, except on the entry form and return envelope. If relevant, please also include a collaborator acknowledgment and/or a partner acknowledgment form.

Portfolios will be returned by mail only if a self-addressed envelope with prepaid postage or a label is also enclosed. Please ensure that return postage does not expire before August 2020. The Architectural League assumes no liability for original drawings. The League will take every precaution to return submissions intact, but can assume no responsibility for loss or damage. Portfolios may be discarded after one year if no return envelope is provided.

February 10, 2020
Entries must be received at the League office by 5:00 p.m. EST or postmarked by this date. There will be no exceptions to this deadline.

Winning entrants will be notified by mid-March 2020.

Anne Rieselbach

Catarina Flaksman

Applicants may email questions to Catarina Flaksman,

The Architectural League Prize is made possible by Hunter Douglas ArchitecturalKubany Judlowe, and Tischler und Sohn.

League programs are made possible, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Support is also provided by the Next Generation Fund, an alumni fund of The Architectural League’s Emerging Voices and Architectural League Prize programs, and the J. Clawson Mills Fund of The Architectural League.


February 10, 2020
5:00 pm EST
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