Sidell Pakravan Architects receives Architectural Record’s 2021 Design Vanguard Award

Ten of the world’s most promising architecture firms have been named to this year’s Architectural Record Design Vanguard list. For the past 20 years, Architectural Record has honored ten emerging practices advancing issues of form, construction, sustainability, and community engagement. Their annual selections have an excellent track record of discovering the profession’s future leaders. This year, Berkeley-based firm Sidell Pakravan Architects, founded by Kristen Sidell and Rudabeh Pakravan – both Lecturers at UC Berkeley and AIA East Bay members – was honored as one of the ten firms.

In Record’s June issue, architectural journalist Sarah Amelar highlights Sidell Pakravan’s work that investigates questions of  perception as well as architecture’s fundamental elements, such as pure geometries—exploring, for example, volumes within volumes and solid versus ephemeral definitions of space. She also notes the studio’s commitment to community outreach, as demonstrated in their pro-bono services for the city of Berkeley by creating a “Parklets” template for local restaurateurs to build pop-up cafés as safe, well-designed, open-air dining venues during the Covid pandemic.

“Since 2000, Design Vanguard has showcased emerging architects from around the world. For this program, RECORD looks at firms established no more than 10 years ago that are demonstrating inventive approaches to shaping the built environment. Unlike some years past, when young architects were still coping with the economic downturn, this year’s winners have a robust body of built work and are making a big impact on the places where they practice.” – Architectural Record.

To view the 2021 winners and a complete list of past honorees, visit this link.

Sidell Pakravan Architects believes in the power of architecture to influence context, culture, and
the individual experience. We look closely at what surrounds us and use it to create new relevance. Experimental curiosity and creativity define our architectural production. Our idea-driven approach creates designs that are distinctive, bold, and resonant.

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