Jenny Sabin receives Young Architects Prize

myThread Pavilion
Courtesy Nike Inc.
Interior view of Jenny Sabin Studio's myThread Pavilion (2012) in New York City, commissioned by Nike.

Assistant professor of architecture Jenny Sabin has received a 2014 Architectural League Prize for Young Architects and Designers.

Sabin describes her work as investigating “the intersection of architecture and science, and applying insights and theories from biology and mathematics to the design of material structures.”

The annual portfolio competition is organized by The Architectural League and its Young Architects and Designers Committee, a group selected each year from past winners of the League Prize.“Biology presents useful conceptual models to consider, where form is in constant adaptation with environmental events,” Sabin says.

Jenny Sabin

Open to designers 10 or fewer years out of school, the competition draws entrants from across North America. The 2014 competition theme was Overlay.

In Sabin’s work, “overlay is an elastic ground – a datascape – that informs and specifies form, function and structure,” she says. “My work attempts an analogous deep organicity of interrelated parts, material components and building ecology. … [and] seeks to form a bridge between the human body and technology as an active overlay that steers and contributes to a new material practice in architecture.”

Sabin was one of nine 2014 League Prize winners, who will lecture in June and have their work exhibited this summer at Parsons The New School for Design. Sabin's lecture is June 26 in Manhattan.

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