subscribe
free e-newsletter free e-newsletter
product info
advertise
FAQ
SUBSCRIBE TODAY
for premium web access
Design Vanguard 2013
Hailing from Europe, North America, and Asia, this year’s roster of emerging firms represent diverse backgrounds and attitudes toward design and the profession. But a few threads run through much of their work, even as the expressions vary greatly: complex layering, nature, engagement. Just a few years ago, “complexity” often meant convoluted forms generated by fancy new software. Today, it’s less obvious and emerges from a search for multiple meanings. It also flows from an interest in the rules of nature, which support a rich growth of ideas. Underlying most of the projects here is a sense of engagement—with the places and people served by these architects.

 

Héctor Fernández Elorza Architects
Rooted in Spain but influenced by Sweden, a Madrid-based architect combines the rugged and the refined. slide show

Pictured: Architectural Documentation Center and Lecture Hall; Photo © Roland Halbe

William O’Brien, Jr.
A teacher and practitioner challenges accepted notions of balance, reality, and narration as he establishes his small firm. slide show

Pictured: Hendee-Borg House; Rendering © Peter Guthrie for William O'Brien, Jr.

Rural Urban Framework
A nonprofit firm tackles the needs of China’s forgotten countryside, designing projects that help communities come together. slide show

Pictured: Taiping Bridge, Shangzhou; Photo courtesy RUF

Akihisa Hirata Architecture Office
An imaginative architect is inspired by nature to link people and places. slide show

Pictured: Masuya; Photo © Nacása & Partners

Marc Fornes/TheVeryMany
A small studio deploys computational design and digital fabrication to make inventive structures that define space. slide show

Pictured: Double Agent White; Photo © Guillaume Blanc

JOHO Architecture
Returning to his native country after years in Europe, an architect finds ways of spanning borders and making traditional elements feel modern. slide show

Pictured: Herma Parking Building; Photo © Sun Namgoong

Grupo Aranea
A firm rooted in hand-drawing adapts natural forms to create a flowing architecture. slide show

Pictured: Casa Lude; Photo © Francisco Leiva

Oyler Wu Collaborative
After learning the ropes with a series of installations, a husband-and-wife team is building up to larger and more permanent projects. slide show

Pictured: Centerstage; Photo © Scott Mayoral

S-AR
Living off the fat of the land: four designers tap into the abundance of local materials and labor. slide show

Pictured: Casa de Madera; Photo © Ana Cecilia Garza

Para-Project
A firm obscures views and distorts perspectives to challenge the familiar and produce the unexpected. slide show

Pictured: Haffenden House; Photo © Nathan Rader

 

Recently Posted Reader Photos
View all photo galleries
 
----- Advertising -----
Collections - Design Vanguard

Record Design Vanguard Past Issues

Now available online a 5 issue collection of Record’s Design  Vanguard issues spanning  2003-2007.

Record’s Design Vanguard  annual selection of the world’s top emerging designers. With each issue  RECORD finds a diverse group of firms that are committed  to making architecture count.

Past Awards

Design Vanguard ­  2013
Design Vanguard ­  2012
Design Vanguard ­  2011
Design Vanguard ­  2010
Design Vanguard ­  2009
Design Vanguard ­  2008
Design Vanguard ­  2007
Design Vanguard ­  2006
Design Vanguard ­  2005
Design Vanguard ­  2004
Design Vanguard ­  2003
Design Vanguard ­  2002
Design Vanguard ­  2001
Design Vanguard ­  2000

----- Advertising -----
View all
Sweets, Search Building Products
Search
Reader Feedback
Most Commented Most Recommended
Rankings reflect comments made in the past 14 days
Rankings reflect comments made in the past 14 days