On The Rise: Emerging Firms + Young Architects

On The Rise: Emerging Firms + Young Architects




  • Exhibition
  • Awards
  • AIA
On The Rise: Emerging Firms + Young Architects
January 23 - March 5, 2020
Mon-Fri, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Center / Architecture + Design
1218 Arch St
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 2019 Philadelphia Emerging Architect (PEA) Prize winning firm, Studio 6mm, and the 2019 Young Architect (YA) Prize winners, Drew Lavine and Fatima Olivieri. 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.

Join us for our Opening Reception + Talk on the evening of Thursday, January 30th, to meet the winning architects and watch them present on their award-winning concepts and processes.


Studio 6mm (PEA Winner)
Studio 6mm is a design-oriented firm practicing at the intersection of architecture, fabrication, and research based in Philadelphia. With experience serving clients in the mission-driven, residential, retail, and academic realms, Studio 6mm operates with agency to improve communities, develop gracious environments, and create meaningful spaces that elevate the daily rituals of contemporary life. Whether working at the scale of a single family home, planning a highly-specialized facility for academic research, or developing a plan to reinvigorate an entire neighborhood, Studio 6mm works diligently to uncover beautiful solutions to the challenges that each project presents. Studio 6mm was co-founded in 2013 by Brian Szymanik and David Quadrini.

Drew Lavine (YA Winner)
As Director of the Architecture studio at Re:Vision Architecture, Drew specializes in designing deep-green projects, including net-zero energy, Living Building Challenge, and Passive House.  His childhood in the Appalachian Mountains, Bauhaus education at Virginia Tech, early architectural career in San Francisco, and his prior work at MGA Partners have formed the foundation for Drew’s practice of Architecture.  Today, he draws inspiration from nature, the craft and science of building, the creation of places for people to thrive, and the power of grassroots community education and organizing to create positive change.

Fatima Olivieri (YA Winner)
A native of Puerto Rico, Fátima attended the University of Puerto Rico School of Architecture from which she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design in 2008. She pursued a Master of Architecture at the University of Virginia graduating in 2010 with honors. In 2011, Fátima joined KieranTimberlake where she rose quickly from intern architect to Associate in just six years. Since joining the firm, Fátima has worked on award-winning projects including the Consortium for Building Energy Innovation at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, and the renovation of Harvard Dunster House.

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