New Practices

New Practices New York 2008 is the second juried portfolio competition and exhibition in a new biennial tradition sponsored by the New Practices Committee of the AIA New York Chapter. It serves as a platform to recognize and promote new, innovative and emerging architecture firms within New York City that have undertaken unique and commendable strategies - both in the projects they undertake and the practices they have established.

Distinguishing this award from others given to new practices is the attention focused on how the winning firms are uniquely shaped to better facilitate the type of projects that they undertake. This competition brief asks firms to submit a “Mini Portfolio” (8-1/2” x 11”, 10 pages maximum) along with a “Practice Narrative” (500 words maximum) that should be directed toward answering the following questions:

Methods of Collaboration and Integrated Practice
How do you, as design professionals, work together in different or more supportive ways than traditional practice? How have concepts of collaboration and integration influenced the structure of your practice and the type of work it undertakes?

Critical Practice
How does your practice respond to the variety of forces that influence the critical thinking about, designing of, and constructing within our contemporary condition, both local and global?

Variety of Project Experience
Why do you choose to undertake certain projects and not others?

Location & Nature of Practice
Some new practices call for new types of work environments. Does the location or layout of your office influence how you practice?

Winner Receive

  • Award announcement at Jurors’ Symposium on June 4, 2008
  • Award announcement at Jurors’ Symposium on June 4, 2008
  • An exhibition at the Center for Architecture opening September 5 - December 2008
  • A symposium to discuss their practice on October 15, 2008
  • Lecture series and showcase at Häfele New York Showroom
  • One free membership in the AIA for 2009
  • Opportunity for additional exposure (2006 winners lectured at London’s Architecture Foundation and exhibited at Berlin’s DAZ Architecture Center and San Antonio’s Blue Star Arts)
  • Schedule
    2 April     Information Session for Entrants, 6:00pm
    16 May     Registrations Due
    30 May     Submissions Due, 3:00 pm
    4 June     Juror Symposium, 6:00pm
    5 September     Exhibition Opening, 7:30pm
    15 October     Winners’ Symposium, 6:00pm

    Amale Andraos, AIA, Work AC
    Jennifer Carpenter, AIA, TRUCK
    Peter Eisenman, FAIA, Eisenman Architects
    William Menking, The Architect’s Newspaper
    Charles Renfro, AIA, Diller Scofidio + Renfro

    The New Practices Showcase has the following eligibility requirements:
    New practices are defined as licensed architectural firms that have been founded after January 1, 2002. (Please include a copy of “Certificate of Firm Incorporation” or a signed certification that practice was founded after January 1, 2002).
    Selected firms must be located within New York City.

    Registration and Submission
    All Entrants $100
    Late fee for registration $50
    Entry fees are non-refundable.

    When registration and payment are complete the entrant will receive a username, password and instructions.

    The submission deadline of May 30, 2008 is for the receipt of the portfolio at the Center for Architecture, not the date of its postmark.

    Portfolios submitted to the Center may be displayed as a part of the competition’s exhibition. Submittals become the property of the AIA New York Chapter and will not be returned.

    Competition, exhibition, and related programming are organized by the AIA New York Chapter’s New Practices Committee and the Center for Architecture Foundation. All programs will take place at the Center for Architecture located at 536 LaGuardia Place, New York City unless otherwise indicated.

    To register, click HERE

    Media Sponsor: The Architect's Newspaper

    For more information please contact Jesse Lazar,Program Committee Coordinator, at