MoMA and MoMA PS1 Announce 2018 Young Architects Program Finalists

The finalists will compete to design a temporary structure in the MoMA PS1 courtyard for the museum’s summer music series.

2018 Young Architects Program Finalists
Lumen by Jenny Sabin Studio, the 2017 YAP winner. Courtesy Pablo Enriquez, MoMA

This morning, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and MoMA PS1 released a list of five finalists competing to win the 2018 Young Architects Program (YAP):

Last year’s winner was Jenny Sabin, whose Lumen used photo-luminescent and solar active textiles to create a canopy over the MoMA PS1 courtyard. Recent winners have also included Escobedo Soliz Studio (2016), Andrés Jaque / Office for Political Innovation (2015), and The Living / David Benjamin (2014).

The YAP aims to be a platform for up-and-coming designers, providing them a prominent stage to showcase new and innovative architecture. However, the winners must present a design that can be feasibly built, adheres to sustainability principals (such as recycling the installation), and provide shade, seating, and water to those attending the MoMA PS1 summer music series.

This year’s selection panel included Glenn D. Lowry, MoMA director, Klaus Biesenbach, MoMA PS1 director, Peter Reed, MoMA senior deputy director for curatorial affairs, Martino Stierli, the MoMA’s Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design, Barry Bergdoll, MoMA curator of architecture and design, Sean Anderson, MoMA associate curator of architecture and design; Jeannette Plaut and Marcelo Sarovic, directors of CONSTRUCTO (Santiago, Chile), and Pippo Ciorra, senior curator at MAXXI Architettura (Rome, Italy).

The finalists will now create preliminary proposals for the selection panel to review; a winner will be announced in 2018.

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