No White Walls, Los Angeles
Courtesy Mira Henry via the Architectural League of New York No White Walls, Los Angeles

The following is a press release from the Architectural League of New York announcing the winners of the 2019 League Prize for Young Architects + Designers program.

The Architectural League is pleased to announce the winners of Just, the 38th cycle of the annual Architectural League Prize for Young Architects + Designers program. The League Prize is one of North America’s most prestigious awards for young architects and designers. The program exemplifies the League’s longstanding commitment to identifying and nurturing the development of talented young architects and designers. This year’s winners are: Cyrus Peñarroyo of EXTENTS, Ann Arbor, Mich; Virginia Black, Gabrielle Printz, and Rosana Elkhatib of feminist architecture collaborative (f-architecture), Brooklyn, N.Y.; Gregory Melitonov of Taller KEN, New York, N.Y., Guatemala City, Guatemala, San José, Costa Rica; Jennifer Bonner of MALL, Boston and Atlanta; Mira Hasson Henry of Henry Architecture (HA), Los Angeles; Rachel G. Barnard of Young New Yorkers (YNY), New York, N.Y.

The League Prize is an annual portfolio competition organized by The Architectural League under the direction of program director Anne Rieselbach and the Young Architects + Designers Committee. The committee, a group selected each year from past winners of the League Prize, is responsible for developing the program’s theme and selecting competition jurors. Members of the committee for 2019 are Isabel Abascal, Bryony Roberts, and Anya Sirota. The jury consisted of this year’s Young Architects + Desigers Committee in addition to Mario Gooden, Juliet Kinchin, and Paul Lewis.

"Just" explores architectural action with the understanding that a multiplicity of coexisting and contradictory attitudes may be constructive, liberating, and justified. This year’s Architectural League Prize competition asks entrants to consider the just in how they approach the practice of architecture, whether through experimentation in research and design advocacy or by advancing speculative and applied techniques within the discipline.

Open to designers ten years or less out of an undergraduate or master’s degree program, the competition draws entrants from throughout North America. Winners will lecture in June and show their work in an exhibition on view during the summer in New York City. Their ideas and work will also be featured in original editorial content on archleague.org.

For the tenth year, the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at Parsons School of Design / The New School will co-sponsor and host the League Prize exhibition and lectures in cooperation with the School of Constructed Environments at Parsons School of Design / The New School.

EXTENTS Ann Arbor, Mich.
Cyrus Peñarroyo founded Ann Arbor-based EXTENTS with McLain Clutter in 2017. The firm is “interested in architecture, urbanism, media, digital culture, and other instruments of life that can be impacted by design.” Exploring contemporary digital tools, Peñarroyo works with exhibitions, temporary installations, and research-based projects. Peñarroyo is currently assistant professor of architecture at Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Ann Arbor.

Virginia Black, Gabrielle Printz, and Rosana Elkhatib feminist architecture collaborative (f-architecture) Brooklyn, N.Y.
Virginia Black, Gabrielle Printz, and Rosana Elkhatib founded New York-based feminist architecture collaborative in 2016. Self-described as “a three-woman architectural research enterprise aimed at disentangling the contemporary spatial politics and technological appearances of bodies, intimately and globally,” the collaborative works with temporary installations, exhibitions, performance, activism, writing, and research-based projects.

Gregory Melitonov Taller KEN New York, NY / Guatemala City, GT / San José, CR
Gregory Melitonov founded Taller KEN with Inés Guzmán in 2013. Originally based in New York and Guatemala City, the office recently expanded to San José, Costa Rica. Taller KEN creates playful designs with social and cultural relevance, including commercial, public, residential, and institutional projects. Taller KEN received the 2016 AIA New York New Practices Award.

Jennifer Bonner MALL, Boston and Atlanta
Jennifer Bonner founded MALL in Atlanta in 2009 and, more recently, the firm has expanded to Boston. Its mission states the firm’s commitment to “projects that re-appropriate history, hack typologies, reference cultural events, and invent representation.” MALL’s work includes research, installations, publications, and residential projects. Bonner is currently assistant professor of architecture and director of the Master in Architecture II Program at Harvard GSD.

Mira Hasson Henry Henry Architecture (HA) Los Angeles
Mira Hasson Henry founded Los Angeles-based Henry Architecture in 2016. The practice draws on common building elements—including windows, cladding, and eaves —to explore topics such as inclusion and identity. Through installations, performances, models, wallpaper, and photography, Henry examines the possibilities of different modes of architectural representation. She is currently a design faculty and DID coordinator at the Southern California Institute for Architecture.

Rachel G. Barnard Young New Yorkers (YNY) New York, NY
Rachel G. Barnard founded Young New Yorkers (YNY) in 2012 as a restorative justice project providing art programs to 16 and 17-year-olds prosecuted as adults by the New York state criminal justice system. By participating in court-mandated art programs, these young people (the program now includes participants up to the age of 25) are able to avoid spending time in jail, incurring other adult criminal justice sanctions, or having a lifelong criminal record. Since its inception, over 1000 participants have successfully graduated from the program.

This article has been updated since its original publication.