The 2022 Forge Prize
Congratulations to 2022 Forge Prize Winners Vincent Yee Foo Lai (Adjaye Associates) and Douglas Lee (University of California, Berkeley)!
They took home the $10,000 grand prize for a concept that would reinvigorate public housing in New York City and Harlem using steel prefabrication and modularization. Their design will be sensitive to existing communities with an emphasis on sustainability.
The team partnered with Rob Williams, PE, vice president of sales at AISC member fabricator Steel, LLC, to further develop the concept.
The Forge Prize, established by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) in 2018, recognizes visionary emerging architects for designs that embrace steel as a primary structural component and capitalize on steel’s ability to increase a project’s speed.
The Forge Prize is a unique opportunity to experiment with a conceptual design without limit to scope or complexity--the sky really is the limit here, and the industry is paying attention.
Common Sky: Reinvigorating Public Housing in New York's Harlem
Vincent Yee Foo Lai of Adjaye Associates and Douglas Lee of University of California, Berkeley took home the $10,000 grand prize for an inspiring concept to transform public housing in New York City’s Harlem.
Public space is central to their plan to build community.
Their design would open up the first floor of the existing building to create a porous space that welcomes residents and those from the surrounding areas. Even the corridors are designed to create a village-like atmosphere. The “Common Sky” area between the new and old units would serve as a focal point for people to gather, with a library and cafe. A roof terrace with modular steel trays provides space for an urban farm, as well.
Meet Vincent Yee Foo Lai and Douglas Lee
The design collective of Temporary Office, led by Yee Foo Lai and Douglas Lee, and sometimes in collaboration with friends and colleagues, has worked on several projects crossing the boundaries of architecture, public space-making and preservation. With a strong focus on historic research and precedence, the Temporary Office team seeks to constructively respond to the ever-changing needs of our environment in a rational yet playful way.
"The work here is not done; we will be carrying this momentum to further unlock the potential of modular construction to house communities in need. To forge living spaces for the common good."
-2022 Forge Prize Winners Vincent Yee Foo Lai and Douglas Lee
2022 Forge Prize Finalists: Runners-Up
Martin Miller of Antistatics Architecture in Ithaca, N.Y., designed a unique future icon of Silicon Valley.
Miller's concept capitalizes on computational tooling and steel's flexibility to create a bold design. Miller worked with Brett Manning, vice president of engineering (Western Region) at Schuff Steel.
Levi Wall of DLR Group in Denver created Re-Adaptation for a site in Detroit. His concept is a nod to the city's long history in automobile fabrication techniques and is intended to revive existing infrastructure with an infusion of structural steel innovation.
Wall partnered with Matt Cole, business development director at AISC member fabricator Drake Williams Steel.
Meet the Finalists
Martin Miller is a designer, researcher, artist, and educator. Along with Mo Zheng, he founded Antistatics Architecture in 2015 as a practice seeking innovative and evolving solutions to challenges within the built environment. Creating works across scales, from installations and interiors, to masterplans and city design, the studio seeks to synergize conventional methodologies with emerging technologies as a dynamic and adaptive design process.
He received a BFA in Sculpture with minors in mathematics and philosophy from the University of Colorado and a Masters of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. His work finds synergy between material behavior, conventional construction, robotic automation, and computational processes. Of particular interest is post-digital integration of physical and digital spheres, seeking novel solutions to complex problems through the simulation, analysis, and prototyping of designs simultaneously across media.
As an educator, he has taught several studios and seminars as an assistant professor in practice at Cornell University, directing the master’s computational design studio, exploring big data analytics, artificial intelligence, and generative form-finding. The elective studios he has taught have investigated the blurring boundaries between physical and online spaces, collective iconographies, digital fabrication techniques, and architecture as narrative.
Levi Wall lives with his wife, Arwen, and their son Matteo in Lakewood, Colo.
For the past seven years, he has worked on educational, commercial, and civic projects as a designer and architect at DLR Group's Denver office and has been a frequent reviewer and occasional studio instructor at CU Denver's College of Architecture and Planning.
Before that, he graduated with his Master of Architecture from Kansas State University and helped design commercial buildings and masterplans in Colorado and Bangkok as a designer at AU Workshop in Fort Collins, Colo.
Levi is interested in immediacy in architectural systems, leading him to experiment with IKEA-hacking, and has researched the ethical underpinnings and potential of design and building processes, creating and hosting a session for AIA's 2019 conference titled "How to Design Ethics".