Stephanie Davidson’s (MArch’04) architectural firm, Davidson Rafailidis, has been named one of eight “Emerging Voices” of 2018 by the Architectural League of New York.

Since 1982, the Architectural League of New York has singled out North American firms and individuals whose “distinct design ‘voices’ … have the potential to influence the disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design,” as part of its Emerging Voices Award program.

Stephanie Davidson (MArch’04) and Georg Rafailidis established Davidson Rafailidis in 2008. Both are members of the architecture faculty at the University of Buffalo and have also taught at the RWTH Aachen University in Germany and the University of Toronto. Recent projects include He, She & It, a structure with three distinct workspaces for a Buffalo couple; Café Fargo (Tipico Coffee), a coffee shop in a former corner store also in Buffalo; and Mirror, Mirror, the winner of a competition aimed at reimagining the street festival tent.

The winners of the Emerging Voices program were selected from 50 candidates that were reviewed in a two-phase jury process including previous Emerging Voices winners.

“This year’s group of winners are unified by the intensity of their social engagement, honoring and enriching place, fueled by hands on commitment to rethinking traditional approaches to design, materials, and construction,” said Architectural League program director Anne Rieselbach in a press release.

Starting March 1, the Architectural League of New York will host four nights of lectures by the winning firms.

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