Creator of The Architecture Foundation's summer exhibition Bureau Spectacular: Hefner/Beuys House, Jimenez Lai, has been awarded the 2012 Architectural League Prize for Young Architects + Designers.
The 2012 edition of the Prize, an annual portfolio competition organized by the New York City-based Architectural League and its Young Architects and Designers Committee, took on the theme 'No Precedent', reflecting on the Committee’s perception of young architects’ careers as “suggestive, speculative, and on the brink.” The Committee called for “ideas, works, and methodologies that are unfounded, ungrounded, and suspect…the things no one has done before, and that one has little experience with.”
Open to designers who have left their studies in the last ten years, the competition drew entrants from around North America. Winners of the Award will lecture at the Architectural League (New York) in June and display their work in an exhibition on view through summer 2012. Their work will also be published in the Young Architects series, jointly published by Princeton Architectural Press and the Architectural League, and their ideas will be distributed by the League in podcasts and original interviews.
Bureau Spectacular: Hefner/Beuys House will be Lai's first solo exhibition outside of North America and will transform The AF’s Project Space with an inhabitable installation; creating a modular home of ‘super-furniture' which he will call home over the London Festival of Architecture period.
Lai still needs your pledges of support to help fund the show in return for great rewards. Through Kickstarter, a funding platform for creative projects, you can pledge your support for the project in exchange for exclusive rewards ranging from hand-folded comics and original signed drawings to your very own piece of super furniture from this original and exciting new voice in architecture.