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November 8, 2013

The New Practices Committee of the AIA New York Chapter Launches Design Competition

NEW YORK, New York, November 8, 2013 – The AIA New York Chapter’s New Practices Committee launched their New Practices New York 2014 competition yesterday with the panel discussion (P)RE:Think | Competitive Ideas. Speakers Lonn Combs, founder of Easton+Combs and assistant professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Abigail Coover, editor of SuckerPunch and partner at Hume Coover Studio, Jamie Torres Springer, partner at HR&A, and William Menking, editor-in-chief of The Architect’s Newspaper discussed the shifting role of the architectural competition.

New Practices New York 2014 is the fifth iteration of the biennial juried portfolio competition sponsored by the New Practices Committee of the AIA New York Chapter. The competition identifies firms with unique and innovative strategies in both projects and practices. Architecture and design firms founded since 2004 and located within the five boroughs of New York City are encouraged to submit a practice narrative and a mini-portfolio of built, un-built, or theoretical work. An exhibition of works by the winning practices will open at the Center for Architecture on October 1, 2014.


• Recognition with the New Practices New York award
• A stipend for an installation and exhibition at the Center for Architecture
• Media exposure through media partner The Architects Newspaper
• The opportunity to participate in promotional symposia and lectures
• A one-year membership in the AIA New York Chapter
• Access to the AIA New York Chapter’s New Practices Committee, a successful and engaging platform for young practices in New York

The competition jury will include:
Alejandro Zaera-Polo, Architect, AZPA, Dean, Architectural Design, Princeton University
Elaine Molinar, AIA, Director Strategic Planning and Business Development, Snøhetta
Jing Liu, Principal, SO-IL
Lucia Allais, Assistant Professor, History and Theory of Architecture, Princeton University
William Menking, Editor-in-Chief, Architects Newspaper

Register online at by January 6, 2014 at 12:00 am.

FEE: $150

• New practices are defined as architecture and design firms that have been founded after 2004
• Selected firms must be located within the 5 boroughs of New York City
• All work for built projects must credit the architect of record for the project on the individual portfolio page
• Theoretical and un-built work is welcome and encouraged

For competition inquiries, please email
View former NPNY winners at

Special thanks to the supporters of New Practices New York 2014:

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About the AIA New York Chapter
AIA New York is the oldest and largest chapter of the American Institute of Architects with almost 5,000 architect, allied professional, student, and public members. AIANY is dedicated to three goals: design excellence, public outreach and professional development.

About the Center for Architecture
The Center for Architecture is a destination for all interested in the built environment. It is home to the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter and the Center for Architecture Foundation, vibrant nonprofit organizations that provide resources to both the public and building industry professionals. Through exhibitions, programs, and special events, the Center aims to improve the quality and sustainability of the built environment, foster exchange between the design, construction, and real estate communities, and encourage collaborations across the city and globe. For more information, please visit

AIANY New Practices Committee
The New Practices Committee of the AIA New York Chapter is dedicated to serving as a forum for new and evolving models of architecture and design practice. For more information, please visit

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