RECAP: Meet the Architects On the Rise Event

This year’s On The Rise exhibition (January 23 – March 5, 2020) honors the 2019 Philadelphia Emerging Architect (PEA) winning firm Studio 6mm, founded by Brian Szymanik and David Quadrini, as well as the 2019 Young Architect Award winners Fátima Olivieri of KieranTimberlake and Drew Lavine of Re:Vision Architecture. 

The PEA Prize is awarded to a promising firm less than ten years old producing high-quality design and thinking within the Philadelphia region. The Young Architect prize honors architects under 40 who display excellence and promise of future merit in design excellence, professional practice, education, and service to the profession and/or society.

Studio 6mm was honored for their work combining design and community, especially for making sure that their projects not only serve the community they're designed for but are accepted and embraced by those communities. This approach was embodied especially well in their design for the Kensington Food Cooperative, selecting colors from the local bodegas to make the building feel familiar to the community while energizing the building with innovative patterning, earning them praise from the community’s residents.

Fátima Olivieri-Martinez and Drew Lavine were honored not only for their promise as young architects, but for their efforts to support the architecture community, the natural environment, and other communities in need. Fatima was especially honored for her work in Puerto Rico helping to develop and design new schools to replace ones lost in Hurricane Maria with new, accessible schools that support children with various mental, physical, and educational abilities. Drew was especially honored for his commitment to and success in pushing his designs for clients beyond environmental sustainability to ones that advance environmental restoration.

Brian, David, Fatima, and Drew presented short, engaging talks at the opening reception on January 28th to an audience of 150 people, who mingled and discussed the work on display until well after the event officially ended. You can view the winners’ work at the Center for Architecture and Design (1218 Arch St) Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM until Thursday, March 5th.

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