New Practices New York, a biennial competition since 2006, serves as the preeminent platform to recognize and promote new and innovative architecture and design firms in NYC. Sponsored by the AIANY New Practices Committee, this juried portfolio competition honors architects that utilize unique and innovative strategies, both in the projects they undertake and the practices they have established.
In these uncertain political, societal, economic, and cultural times, architecture can often feel secondary, relegated to the margins, or perhaps even the superfluous. Changing paradigms compound the already difficult terrain new practices in NYC must navigate. And yet, unstable circumstances offer an incredible opportunity to liberate architectural practice, challenge given assumptions, rethink established strategies, and develop new frameworks and ideas for the future.
For this year’s New Practices New York competition, we are looking for firms that choose not to remain on the margins but rather actively and constructively engage their city, their society, and their context. We seek firms that offer new modes of thinking, create opportunities for thoughtful architecture, and take agency as designers in NYC. How are you shaping your practice to have consequence? How is your practice shaping and transforming the built environment and its future? How does your work resonate beyond the boundaries of the profession? How do you choose to define your role and in what context?
We are calling for portfolios that contain design ideas, implemented or not, and leverage the capacity of architectural practice to offer transformative value within the broader context of the city.