Meet the finalists for the 2018 MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program
By Matthew Messner
The Architect’s Newspaper
2 November 2017
Photo courtesy of NJIT College of Architecture and Design
College of Environmental Design alumnus Jesse LeCavalier (M.Arch ‘03), founder of New Jersey-based firm LeCavalier R+D, was recently named one of five finalists of the 2018 Young Architects Program (YAP). The program was founded by the Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1 and aims to offer emerging architects the opportunity to design and present innovative projects. The competition’s finalists are challenged with the task of developing their original designs into a temporary, outdoor installation located at MoMA PS1.
Currently an assistant professor of architecture at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, LeCavalier’s primary architectural focus is on the logistics of contemporary spaces. He is the former Sanders Fellow at the University of Michigan, a Poiesis Fellow at the Institute for Public Knowledge at NYU, and a researcher at the Singapore-ETH Future Cities Laboratory. LeCavalier is also the author of “The Rule of Logistics: Walmart and the Architecture of Fulfillment.”
Around 50 finalists -- comprised of recent architectural school graduates, junior faculty, and architects experimenting with new styles or techniques -- were initially nominated by distinguished scholars and previous winners. The chosen winner will be announced in February 2018.
In addition to LeCavilier, other finalists include FreelandBuck, OFICINAA, BairBalliet, and Jennifer Newsom & Tom Carruthers. Last year, the winner of the program was Jenny E. Sabin, who developed a project known as Lumen which featured a “web-like woven canopy made of photoluminescent and solar-active yarns that collected and emitted light.”
Read more about LeCavilier and the Young Architects Program here.