The Architectural League’s annual Emerging Voices program spotlights North American architects, landscape architects, and urban designers who have significant bodies of realized work and the potential to influence their field.
JA Architecture Studio is a Toronto-based practice led by Iranian-Canadian architects Behnaz Assadi and Nima Javidi. The studio’s work emphasizes light wood frame construction, geometric experimentation, and vernacular form. From the narrow plots of Toronto’s Queen West neighborhood to large-scale international design competitions, JA Architecture Studio employs a “one-to-one” process, defined by Assadi and Javidi as a design approach shaped through “the physical register of immigration, of being slightly off from the context that you aspire to fit within, struggle with, and eventually change.”
Tsz Yan Ng Design is a research and creative practice based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Its work advances “innovations that are not only more in tune with contemporary building processes, but are also aspirational in integrating socially, ethically, and environmentally driven imperatives,” in the words of its founder and principal, Tsz Yan Ng. Focused on experimentations with concrete and the intersections of clothing manufacturing and architecture, the practice interrogates the many facets and forms of labor in the R&D field.
The presentations will be followed by a conversation with Marc Neveu. Neveu is the head of the architecture program in The Design School at Arizona State University and the past executive editor of the Journal of Architectural Education. He was a member of the 2022 Emerging Voices jury.
The Architectural League of New York nurtures excellence in architecture, design, and urbanism, and stimulates thinking, debate, and action on the critical design and building issues of our time. As a vital, independent forum for architecture and its allied disciplines, the League helps create a more beautiful, vibrant, innovative, and sustainable future.