New Practices New York 2016

Theme: Prospect

In architecture, the long range view is often the most critical and least valued perspective. For many practices operating out of New York City, this challenge is amplified by the high costs of living, fierce competition, and minimal profit margins that can leave little time to develop and test new ideas without becoming overwhelmed by the sheer act of professional survival. And yet, the scale, intensity, and diversity make it one of the most productive places for architects to operate in the U.S. and globally. For this year's theme we are seeking practices operating within the constraints of New York City that have been able to embrace unknowns, cultivate new opportunities, challenge assumptions, and find new ways to leverage architectural thinking to shape the city.

How are you shaping your practice around the prospect of the future? What are the most important challenges that you see facing the city over the next three months?In 30 years? What will you focus on? Where are you headed? How will you thrive?

New Practices New York, a biennial competition since 2006, serves as the preeminent platform in New York City to recognize and promote new and innovative architecture and design firms. The juried portfolio competition is sponsored by the New Practices Committee of the AIA New York Chapter and honors firms that have utilized unique and innovative strategies, both for the projects they undertake and for the practices they have established. 2016 marks the 10th anniversary of the New Practices Committee and the New Practices New York competition.

What to Submit
This competition brief asks firms to submit one landscape-oriented 11x 17 10 page, 6MB maximum PDF. Images should be RGB and not exceed 300 dpi. PDFs that do not conform to this format will be disqualified. All entries will be reviewed by a jury via digital projection. The PDF should also include a practice narrative (500 words maximum) that answers the following questions.

Critical Practice
How does your practice engage critically in the environmental, social, and technological conditions within of our contemporary culture? How is your practice informed by issues within a local and global context?

Methods of Practice
How do you as design professionals work together in new, different, and/or more supportive ways than traditional practices? How have concepts of collaboration and integration influenced the structure of your practice and the type of work it undertakes?

Engagement of Practice
What are the key issues that you address and advocate for as a practice? How do you choose to communicate and engage the agenda of your practice to a broader audience and public?

Winners Receive

  • Participation in an exhibition / installation at the Center for Architecture
  • A stipend towards the exhibition
  • A free one year membership in the AIA New York Chapter and access to the New Practice Committee which has been serving as a successful platform for young practices in New York
  • Participation in a symposium to discuss their practice at the Center for Architecture
  • An individual lecture at the Cosentino/Dekton showroom
  • Media exposure through the AIANY and Media Partner Architect's Newspaper

Media Partner



William Menking, Editor-in-Chief, Architects Newspaper
Julian Rose
, Principal, Formlessfinder
Jane Smith, AIA, IIDA, ASID
, Partner, Spacesmith
Martino Stierli, the Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design at MOMA
Ada Tolla
, Partner, LOT-EK

The New Practices competition has the following eligibility requirements:

  • New practices are defined as architecture and design firms that have been founded after January 1, 2006. (Registered and non-registered)
  • The Competition is open to all designers
  • Selected firms must be located within the 5 boroughs of New York City
  • All work for built projects must credit the architect of record for the project on the individual portfolio page.
  • Theoretical and un-built work is welcome and encouraged

Registration and Submission Process

Register online here by January 8, 2016. You will receive a submission ID number, which should be included on the top right hand corner of each page of your PDF portfolio and in the file name and will serve as confirmation of your payment. The digital portfolio should be one landscape oriented 11x 17 ten page, 6MB maximum PDF, which includes a practice narrative (500 words maximum). Images should be RGB and not exceed 300 dpi. This submission should be completed no later than 12 pm Eastern Standard Time on January 8, 2016.

Entrants must also include a signed image release form and a copy of “Certificate of Firm Incorporation” or a signed certification that practice was founded after January 1, 2006.

When applicable, the architect or firm of record, associate architects, project team, consultants, client, and general contractor must be credited. Failure to do so may lead to disqualification.

Entry Fee
USD $150

Register Here




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