06/27/19 USC Faculty Firms Are Finalists in 2019 Architizer A+Awards

 

The Architizer A+Awards is an awards program focused on promoting and celebrating the year’s best architecture and products. For each awards category, Architizer’s judges nominate five finalists to compete online for votes from design practitioners and enthusiasts around the world. This year, five projects by USC School of Architecture faculty members have been nominated to compete as finalists. 


Data Moiré, a multi-disciplinary collaboration between associate professor Alvin Huang’s firm Synthesis Design + Architecture, IBM Watson Analytics (cognitive computing), and Arktura (digital fabrication), is competing for awards in two categories: Architecture + Technology and Architecture + Collaboration. Data Moiré is a large-scale data-driven feature wall that merges the fields of architectural design and computer science as a form of brand identity and brand experience by utilizing data analytics, parametric modeling, and digital fabrication. 


Elysian Fields is an apartment building in Echo Park, California. Designed by adjunct professor Warren Techentin’s firm Warren Techentin Architecture (WTARCH), Elysian Fields is competing for an award in the Multi Unit Housing - Low Rise (1-4 Floors) category. The building endeavors to deliver something different to its neighborhood and aggregates a diversity of 27 live-work type units ranging in size from a 410SF micro-unit to a 1,230 square-foot three-bedroom loft. 


InVert™ Self-Shading Windows use smart thermobimetal inside a standard window cavity to actively keep heat out of buildings and reduce the need for air conditioning and expensive energy. Designed by associate professor Doris Sung’s firm TBM Designs LLC to use zero energy and zero controls, the thermobimetal pieces reverse their curl and flip over as the sun hits the window to block heat before it enters the building, using up to 15% less air-conditioning and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The innovative product is competing for an award in the Glass & Glazing category.


Spectral Bridge House is a unique collaboration between the architects of visiting critic Steven Ehrlich’s firm Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects and an internationally known artist. It is a competing finalist in the Architecture + Art category. For this “vessel for living and art,” the Architect and Artist collaborated to integrate art and architecture by creating three two-story living blocks that are connected by the artwork Spectral Bridge.


Toolbox is a new innovation hub housed in an existing tilt up construction warehouse in Los Angeles, CA. The project designed by adjunct assistant professor Lisa Little’s firm Vertebrae is competing for an award in the Coworking Space category. The 21,000 square-foot co-working space includes open work areas, two shared kitchens, meeting spaces, private offices and a large gathering and presentation area for events.


Voting is open until July 5, and winners are announced on July 9, 2019. To read more and to vote, click here.



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