FINALISTS_ERIN BESLER + BITTERTANG FARM
MoMA PS1 REVEALS YOUNG ARCHITECT’S PROGRAM 2015 FINALISTS
UCLA Architecture and Urban Design has produced two finalists in MoMA’s PS1 Young Architect’s Program for 2015. Visiting Assistant Professor Erin Besler and Alumni Michael Loverich (M.Arch.I, 2007) and Antonio Torres (M.Arch.I, 2007) (The Bittertang Farm, New York) have been short listed for the MOMA’s 16th edition of the prestigious Young Architects Program.
The annual series provides emerging architects with the opportunity to build a design project for MOMA’s PS1 outdoor courtyard located in Long Island City, Queens in conjunction with their highly anticipated “Warm-Up” series. In 2011, during the 12th edition of the Young Architects Program, MoMA and MoMA PS1 partnered with another institution, MAXXI in Rome, to create the first international edition of the Young Architects Program. In this new format two projects are selected, one to inhabit MoMA PS1's courtyard and another to compliment MAXXI's celebrated, new building designed by Zaha Hadid.
Erin Besler was the A.UD Teaching Fellow for 2013-14. Her work was recently featured in the exhibition The Entire Situation at the MAK Center for Art and Architecture Mackey Schindler Apartments Garage Top Gallery space in October 2014.
The Bittertang Farm, based in New York with principals Michael Loverich and Antonio Torres, explores form using biological matter, sculpture, and coloration unified through their contemporary interpretation of bel composto
To choose an architect for this project, deans of architecture schools and the editors of architecture publications nominate some twenty students, recent architectural school graduates, and established architects experimenting with new styles or techniques. The group is asked to submit portfolios of their work for review by a panel comprised of Glenn Lowry, Director of the Museum of Modern Art, MoMA PS1 Director Klaus Biesenbach, and a host of experts in the art and architecture community. The panel selects five finalists who are invited to make preliminary proposals for the designated site; the chosen winner is announced in February.