Ian Volner

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and MoMA PS1 have jointly announced five finalists for the 18th version of the Young Architects Program (YAP)—an annual program aimed at budding architects and designers that asks them to create a temporary installation that will be situated on the Long Island City, N.Y. location. The submitted designs will include features that provide shade, seating, and water, while also working within mandated guidelines that address environmental issues, including sustainability and recycling. The construction will also provide a backdrop for the summertime concert series, “Warm Up.”

This year’s hopefuls are Los Angeles-based Bureau Spectacular, led by Jimenez Lai; Chicogoan architect Ania Jaworska, who also teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Illinois at Chicago; San Francisco and New York–based design collective Office of III, comprised of Sean Canty, Ryan Golenberg and Stephanie Lin; Jenny E. Sabin, director of Ithaca, N.Y.-based Sabin Design Lab; and Houston-based firm SCHAUM/SCHIEH, led by Rosalyne Shieh and Troy Schaum.

The finalists are chosen from a pool of 30 firms comprised of students, recent architectural school graduates, and established architects using experimental forms or techniques selected by by deans of architecture schools and editors of architecture publications.

This year’s panel included Glenn D. Lowry, director of MoMA; Klaus Biesenbach, director of MoMA PS1; Kathy Halbreich, associate director at MoMA; Peter Reed, senior deputy director for curatorial affairs at MoMA; Martino Stierli, Philip Johnson chief curator of architecture and design at MoMA; Sean Anderson, associate curator of architecture at MoMA; and Jenny Schlenzka, associate curator at MoMA PS1.

Read Ian Volner's piece on Escobedo Soliz Studio's installation, "Weaving the Courtyard," from last year.