Jazairy’s DESIGN EARTH Receives the Architectural League Prize

Jazairy’s DESIGN EARTH Receives the Architectural League Prize

DESIGN EARTH, the collaborative practice of Assistant Professor El Hadi Jazairy and Rania Ghosn, received the Architectural League Prize 2016. The design practice was recognized by a distinguished jury of architects, artists and critics in the annual portfolio competition organized by the Architectural League and its Young Architects and Designers Committee.

DESIGN EARTH aims to engage the geographic to open up a range of aesthetic and political concerns for architecture and urbanism. The firm released their first book, Geographies of Trash, in May 2015 and is currently completing a second book, Geostories. Their exhibition, Neck of the Moon, was awarded First Prize in the 2015 Jacques Rougerie Competition and featured in an exhibition at the MIT Keller Gallery. Design Earth’s Cloud Culture City received a Special Mention in the 2014 London Organic Skyscrapers Competition, and their 4.7: Geographic Stroll around the Horizon received an Honorable Mention designation from the Rio City Vision competition. 

The theme of this year’s competition was (im)permanence, asking how time affects architecture’s assertion of style, methods of assembly and relationship to program. The jury sought work that responded to current aspects of society, economy and policy, or invented its own emergent systems of order and took a position on the relationship of architecture to time. The Architectural League was established in 1981 to recognize visionary work by young practitioners. Winning work from the competition will be presented in lectures, digital media and an exhibition in June 2016, and winning entrants will receive a cash prize of $2,000. A catalogue of winning work will be published by the Architectural League.

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Jazairy add to a robust list of Taubman College faculty who have won since the inception of the award in 1981 including: Thomas Moran and Clark Thenhaus (2015), Adam Fure (2014), Andrew Holder (2014), Wesley McGee (2013), Catie Newell (2011), Geoff Thun and Kathy Velikov (2008), Craig Borum and Karl Daubmann (2006), Keith Mitnick and Mireille Roddier (2004), Steven Mankouche (2003), and Monica Ponce de Leon (1997).