JA Architecture Studio recieves Emerging Voices Award

The Toronto-based firm is one of eight winners selected by the Architectural League of New York.

The Architectural League of New York announced Toronto-based JA Architecture Studio as a winner, among eight recipients, of its annual Emerging Voices competition.

The award spotlights individuals and firms based in the United States, Canada, and Mexico with distinct design voices and the potential to influence the disciplines of architecture, landscape design, and urbanism.

“Being named an Emerging Voice by The Architectural League is one of the most coveted awards in North American architecture. Since 1982, the program has identified more than 300 awardees who have gone on to develop influential careers,” says the organization.

The work of each Emerging Voice represents the best of its kind, and addresses larger issues in architecture, landscape, and the built environment.Behnaz Assadi, Nima Javidi
JA Architecture Studio
Toronto, Canada

JA Architecture Studio is by Iranian-Canadian architects Behnaz Assadi and Nima Javidi. The studio’s work emphasizes light wood frame construction, geometric experimentation, and vernacular form.

From the narrow plots of Toronto’s Queen West neighborhood to large-scale international design competitions, JA Architecture Studio employs a “one-toone” process, defined by Assadi and Javidi as a design approach shaped through “the physical register of immigration, of being slightly off from the context that you aspire to fit within, struggle with, and eventually change.” Assadi is an assistant professor at the University of Toronto Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design. Javidi is currently the Gwathmey Professor of Design at the Cooper Union. 


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