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May 14, 2010

AIANY Announces New Practices New York 2010 Winners

American Institute of Architects New York Chapter announces winner of its biennial design competition,
New Practices New York

Seven winning firms to be featured in exhibition
at the Center for Architecture opening July 15

New York City, May 14, 2010 – With its third biennial New York portfolio competition, the New Practices Committee of the AIA New York Chapter is thrilled to recognize seven promising and innovative new architecture firms. These young firms—each has been founded since 2004—will be featured in an exhibition and programming at the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place, 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 distinguished panel of jurors selected the competition’s winners on Wednesday, May 12. The jury members were: Toshiko Mori, FAIA, Lead Juror, Toshiko Mori Architect; Joe MacDonald, Assoc. AIA, Urban A&O; William Menking, The Architect’s Newspaper; Guy Nordenson, Guy Nordenson and Associates; and Galia Solomonoff, AIA, Solomonoff Architecture Studio.

2010 Winners
The New Practices New York 2010 competition winners are: EASTON+COMBS, which earned the highest honor (; Archipelagos (; Leong Leong (; Manifold (; SOFTlab (; SO-IL (; and Tacklebox ( Images from the winners are attached, more are available upon request by contacting

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“The New Practices Committee is extremely pleased by the quality and breadth of this year’s New Practices New York Showcase winners,” said Matt Bremer, AIA, New Practices Committee co-Chair and former New Practices winner. “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. 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 5000 members, is the oldest and largest chapter of an 85,000 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 reimagining the future of the profession,” explained AIANY president Anthony Schirripa, FAIA, “They are the design leaders of the 21st century.”

July 15, 2010 – October 23, 2010
Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place, New York City
The New Practices 2010 exhibition will feature videos and interviews with each firm. The exhibition will travel to São Paolo in 2011. Design by Leven Betts.

Media are invited to a press preview on July 15 from 5:00- 6:00 pm at the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia, New York City, before the exhibition opening. Write or call 212-358-6126 to RSVP.

The exhibition opening for New Practices New York will be held Thursday, 7/15/2010, from 6:00 – 8:00pm at the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place, New York City. Media also receive complimentary invitations to the exhibition opening and all related programming, including the symposium. For details please contact Emily Nemens at or 212-358-6126.

New Practices New York 2010: Winners' Symposium
Thursday, 7/29/2010, 6:00–8:00pm (rsvp required)
The winners of the New Practices New York 2010 Competition present their work and discuss how they organize their architectural practices.
Hosted by: AIANY New Practices Committee

New Practices New York 2010 is made possible with the support of the following sponsors:
Lead Sponsors: Dornbracht, MG & Company Construction Managers/General Contractors, Valiant Technology
Sponsors: Espasso, Hafele, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
Media Sponsor: The Architect's Newspaper

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