December 1, 2015
by Elsa Lam
Alexander Josephson, co-founder of Partisans
Alex Josephson, the co-founder of Toronto-based firm Partisans, has been named the winner of the Design Exchange’s 2015 Emerging Designer Competition.
With an impressive roster of awards and honours to his credit, including the OAA Best Emerging Practice Award and a shortlist mention at the recent World Architecture Festival in Singapore, Josephson and his firm continue to put Canada on centre stage in the international design community. Partisans has worked on iconic projects such as the Union Station revitalization, Bar Raval, the Grotto Sauna, and other notable work in Toronto, across Canada, and abroad.
The Emerging Design Competition jury was curated by Design Exchange President and CEO Shauna Levy. The jury included fashion frontrunners Andrea Lenczner & Christie Smythe of Smythe, Kim Herforth Nielsen, co-founded of Copenhagen-based 3XN architects, Facebook Canada CEO and Global Head of Vertical Strategy Jordan Banks, Anne-Elisabeth Thibault, manager of Moment Factory, Allan Guinan of Figure 3 interior design, Paul Rowan, Founding Partner of Umbra, Designlines editor Tory Healy, and Frontier founder Paddy Harrington. The team of experts sifted through hundreds of submissions from designers nation-wide to find and award Canada’s next Emerging Designer.
Josephson will receive a $10,000 prize for his win, and his work with Partisans will be displayed at the Design Exchange from December 8, 2015 to January 30, 2016.