Associate professor and assistant vice chair Heather Roberge is a recipient of the Emerging Voices 16 Award from the Architectural League New York. In conjunction with the award Ms. Roberge presented a lecture on her work in late March for the Architectural League in New York City.

The Architectural League’s annual Emerging Voices Award spotlights North American individuals and firms with distinct design “voices” that have the potential to influence the disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design. The jury reviews significant bodies of realized work and considers accomplishments within the design and academic communities. The work of each Emerging Voice represents the best of its kind, and addresses larger issues within architecture, landscape, and the built environment. 

This year’s jury included Sunil Bald, Henry N. Cobb, Susannah Drake, Mario Gooden, Karrie Jacobs, Anna Kats, Thomas Phifer, and Billie Tsien. Emerging Voices is organized by League Program Director Anne Rieselbach.

View of Living Room toward Pacific Ocean, Vortex House, Murmur, 2012, Malibu, CA. Copyright: Benny Chan, Fotoworks

Heather Roberge is the principal of Murmur: Architecture and Environments and is associate professor in the Department of Architecture and Urban Design at UCLA where she currently holds the position of director of the undergraduate program in Architectural Studies. She is a respected designer with experience across scales from corporate and academic buildings to single and multi-family residences. In 2016, Ms. Roberge was recognized as an Emerging Voice by the Architectural League of New York.

Ms. Roberge’s research and professional work investigates the spatial, structural, and atmospheric potential of digital technologies on the theory and practice of building. Her work emphasizes innovative approaches to material, computation, and manufacturing as opportunities to expand the formal vocabulary and spatial implications of building envelopes and assemblies. Her work has been published in A+U, Praxis, Metropolis, I.D., Wallpaper, Architect Magazine, Architectural Record, Log, 306090, The New York Times, and The Los Angeles Times. Her installation for the SCI-Arc Gallery, En Pointe, and her proposal for the Succulent House received AIA LA design merit awards. In 2014 the Vortex House was nominated for the Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize for Emerging Architecture.