Dream The Combine and LANZA Atelier were two of eight winners of the 2023 Emerging Voices competition, which recognizes North American designers with distinct voices and significant bodies of realized work.
Tom Carruthers and Jennifer Newsom, founders of Minneapolis-based Dream The Combine, use this occasion to reflect on where the firm has been and where it’s going, by each answering three questions about their work: Why do you do what you do? How do you do what you do? What do you do? The result is a layered, poetic account of their practice, and personal look into several of their projects.
Isabel Abascal and Alessandro Arienzo, founders of Mezico City’s LANZA Atelier reflects on the meaning of being a “emerging voice”, choosing projects at different scales to talk about the through lines in their work, including circular economy, the collaboration with workers through the building process, and the belief that architectural concepts transcend scale.
The presentations are followed by a conversation with Mario Gooden, the director of Mario Gooden Studio: Architecture + Design and a professor of professional practice at Columbia GSAPP. The conversation focuses on the definition of the architect each practice presents through their work, one that fills gaps in the discipline by seeing the unseen and giving voice to the unheard.