USC Professor Wins Prestigious Architectural League Prize

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USC Professor Wins Prestigious Architectural League Prize

April 28, 2014

Geoffrey von Oeyen, a faculty member at the USC School of Architecture and founder and principal of Los Angeles-based Geoffrey von Oeyen Design, has been awarded a 2014 Architectural League Prize from the Architectural League of New York.


The Architectural League Prize is one of North America’s most prestigious awards for young architects and designers. The prize, established in 1981, recognizes exemplary and provocative work by young practitioners and provides a public forum for the exchange of their ideas. Each year, The Architectural League and the Young Architects + Designers Committee organize a portfolio competition. Six winners are then invited to present their work in public lectures, an exhibition, a catalogue published by Princeton Architectural Press (coming in Spring 2015), and on the League’s website.


“It’s exciting to see work I’ve been doing with clients, work that’s responding to real needs and issues, being recognized in a meaningful way,” said von Oeyen.


The theme for this year’s League Prize, Overlay, asked entrants to consider how iterative, incremental processes inform and direct their work. For von Oeyen, architecture and its generative knowledge are like overlays on a site. “I think about the work in relation to site dynamics, trying to take issues of time, geometry, views, and the environment and reshaping these,” he said.


Von Oeyen’s experience growing up surfing and sailing in Malibu, California, and being deeply immersed in the coastal landscape and the sea, was important in shaping his ideas about how architecture can connect with people and perform on many levels at once. “It’s like a sailboat,” he said. “Constantly trimming, adjusting, steering in dialog with the environment.”


Von Oeyen will discuss his work June 24, 2014 in a public lecture at Parsons The New School for Design in New York City.


For more information on Geoffrey von Oeyen and the League Prize, including a slide show of his work, see:


Von Oeyen received a bachelor of arts in urban studies with minors in art history and history from Stanford University. He was a US/UK Fulbright Scholar at the University of Cambridge, where he obtained a Master of Philosophy in History and Philosophy of Architecture. Von Oeyen received a Master of Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where he was awarded the Faculty Design Award.

Geoffrey von Oeyen