WINNERS MOLLY HUNKER, GREG CURSO, JONATHAN LOUIE
Alumni Molly Hunker (M.Arch.I ‘2010), Greg Curso( M.Arch.I ‘2010), and Jonathan Louie (M.Arch.II ‘2012) are among 6 firms selected for the 2017 Architectural League Prize for Young Architects + Designer award.
The Architectural League Prize is an annual competition, series of lectures, and exhibition organized by The Architectural League and its Young Architects + Designers Committee. Lectures by the winners will take place June 26 and 27. The exhibition Support featuring the work of the 2017 League Prize winners will be on view from June 28 – August 1, 2017.
Participants in the program are chosen through a portfolio competition that is juried by distinguished architects, artists and critics, and the Young Architects + Designers Committee. The committee, a group selected each year from past winners of the League Prize, is responsible for developing the program’s theme and selecting competition jurors. Open to designers ten years or less out of Bachelor or Master degree programs, the competition draws entrants from throughout North America. The lecture series and exhibition by winners of the competition provide a lively public forum for the discussion of their work and ideas.
This year’s theme for the portfolio competition, Support identified a present situation in which precarious forms and precarious social arrangements exist side by side. How does one clarify the modes of support in architecture today when the discipline’s role is obscured by a tangled network in which exchanges between built form and various systems of framing, assistance, and reinforcement are constantly in flux?
Molly Hunker and Greg Corso
Based in Syracuse, SPORTS was founded by alumni Molly Hunker (M.Arch.I ‘2010) and Greg Corso (M.Arch.I ‘2010) in 2010. The studio “approaches architecture in a playful way by balancing rigor and research with amusement and curiosity.” As a result, SPORTS trades on the familiarity of built environment only to destabilize and reimagine its “latent assets” of space, material, and site.
In 2016, the firm won the fourth annual Ragdale Ring design-build competition, for which the architects realized an open-air theatre in Illinois. Their project, Rounds, was designed to adapt to different performance types and audience sizes. In 2012, SPORTS designed and built a temporary installation titled Stay Down, Champion, Stay Down. The installation, located in a gallery along Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, was comprised of a grid of undulating terra cotta floor tiles that swelled in two masses illuminated from below by colored light to reframe the ground plane as well as the iconic walkway just outside the gallery door. SPORTS won the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara’s Pavilion Competition in 2017 with Runaway, which attempts to “architecturalize the aesthetic quality of air in Santa Barbara.” Runaway is comprised of three forms made from colorful steel matrices that can act as seats, tables, and assorted functional surfaces and will appear at different sites throughout the city during its two-year lifespan.
In 2016, SPORTS was featured as a “Firm to Watch” by Architectural Record and as one of Architect magazine’s “Next Progressives.” Corso and Hunker have presented their work in lectures at universities such as the University of Illinois, Chicago and University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Rounds won a 2016 Architects Newspaper “Best of Design” award for a Temporary Installation.
Greg Corso received a Master of Architecture and Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, both from UCLA. He currently teaches at the Syracuse University School of Architecture and has previously taught at the University of Illinois, Chicago School of Architecture, and Woodbury University. He completed a fellowship residency with The MacDowell Colony in 2016.
Molly Hunker has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban Geography and Studio Art from Dartmouth College and a Master of Architecture degree from UCLA. She has taught at Woodbury University, the University of Illinois, Chicago School of Architecture, and was a program coordinator and lecturer at UCLA. Hunker currently teaches at the Syracuse University School of Architecture. In 2013, she was awarded the Douglas A. Garofalo Fellowship at the University of Illinois, Chicago School of Architecture.
Jonathan Louie and Nicole McIntosh
Alumni Jonathan Louie (M.Arch.II ‘2012) with Nicole McIntosh founded Architecture Office in 2015. “Part practice and part observation,” the firm’s projects attempt to “support architecture’s unique capacity to not be static and singular, but, to simultaneously engage and refresh the real-time value of the things around it.”
Architecture Office created Big Will and Friends, an installation and performance realized in Syracuse in 2016 and Eindhoven, The Netherlands in 2017. “Big Will” refers to an affectionately named shotgun house-style pavilion whose facades were fretted with a floral pattern mimicking Morris & Co.’s thistle wallpaper, which was also applied to a nearby wall. The firm aimed to “blur the point where representation ends and material matter begins.” McIntosh and Louie enlisted modern dance troupes costumed with the matching pattern to perform alongside the installation resulting in an exploration of the relationships between static and moving things. The event and workshop Parti Wall (2014) contained nine individual installations erected by student and mentor teams inside a gridded floorplan partitioned into a grid. The exercise challenged participant designers to “negotiate boundaries that define their respective spaces” while co-constructing the walls that define their neighbors’ installation. The duo is currently working on House in House, a single-family home encased in an outer shell of an existing log cabin, which will begin construction in fall 2017 in Lake Walker, Washington.
Jonathan Louie obtained a Master of Architecture degree from UCLA, where he also received a 2×8 Award sponsored by the AIA Los Angeles. Louie was awarded a fellowship residency at The MacDowell Colony, which he completed in fall 2015. He currently teaches at Syracuse University School of Architecture.