On The Rise: Emerging Firms + Young Architects

On The Rise: Emerging Firms + Young Architects


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  • Exhibition
  • AIA
On The Rise: Emerging Firms + Young Architects
AIA Philadelphia's Emerging Architect + Young Architect Award Winners
February 9 - March 16, 2017 | Mon-Sat, 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Center for Architecture and Design
1218 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Exhibitions at the Center are always FREE to visit!

This program is presented in partnership between the Center for Architecture and Design and AIA Philadelphia.

Explore creative designs from the rising stars of AIA Philadelphia. This exhibition features work by the 2016 Philadelphia Emerging Architect (PEA) Prize winning firm, Assimilation Design Lab, and the 2015 + 2016 Young Architect (YA) Prize winners, Fon Wang and Paul Avazier. The PEA Prize is awarded annually to recognize an emerging architecture firm (formed less than 10 years ago) producing high-quality design and thinking within the Philadelphia region. The YA Prize is awarded to an architect under the age of 40 who displays excellence and promise of future merit in design excellence, professional practice, education, and service to the profession and/or society.

Opening Reception
Join us for our Opening Reception + Talk on the evening of Thursday, February 23, to meet the winning architects and hear them present on their concepts and processes.

About The Winners

PEA Prize Winner
Founded in 2012, Assimilation Design Lab LLC (ADL) is a young, dynamic architecture firm that strives to assimilate theory based design solutions with programmatic needs specific for each project and client. ADL’s core design principles are based on current contextual, technological, and sustainable conditions juxtaposed to create unique design solutions. ADL believes in a collaborative approach, working closely with the client, construction trades, and artists, from conception through the final details of construction. This approach allows the architecture to seamlessly flow, from the big picture to the smallest detail, while creating complex spacial readings. Notable projects include the James Beard Design Award Finalist Tria Taproom located in the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood and Passyunk Ave’s Sate Kampar.

2015 YA Prize Winner
Fon Wang
, AIA, LEED AP, is Director of Historic Preservation at Ballinger. Ms. Wang’s professional expertise stems from a broad range of practical experience in the field of architectural design and historic preservation. Her impressive portfolio ranges from new construction to adaptive reuse and historic preservation for commercial institutional and residential clients. She is a Board Member for the Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia, Co-chair of Community Outreach Committee for CREW Philadelphia, and volunteers her professional design services for the Community Design Collaborative.

2016 YA Prize Winner
Paul Avazier
is an Associate, and key member of the firm Atkin Olshin Schade Architects. His work at Atkin Olshin Schade has showcased his excellence in design, and his management of projects and staff has proved his leadership in practice and education. He serves as project manager for multiple projects, provides assistance in LEED certifications, and serves as a mentor for new graduates and employees with project management, design documentation and detailing, and ARE preparation. Paul is a Chapter Director on the AIA Philadelphia board and a 2007 graduate of Drexel University. His project experience includes Loomis Chafee School Campus Center & Cutler Hall, Lafayette College DKE House, and multiple projects at Friends Select School, Santiago Christian School, and Episcopal Academy.

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