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UNION PARK, Pa. — University Park is home to the Pennsylvania State University. It has been announced that Felecia Davis, associate professor of architecture at Penn State and principal of Felecia Davis Studio, has been selected as one of the eight winners of The Architectural League of New York’s 2022 Emerging Voices competition. Davis is the second Stuckeman School professor to be nominated for this elite award in as many years.
Throughout the year, the competition recognizes people and companies headquartered in the United States, Canada, and Mexico who have unique design voices and can impact the disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture, and urbanism. She will deliver her presentation as an awardee via Zoom and fellow honoree Borderless Studio at 6:30 p.m. on March 10 at the Borderless Studio. In advance, those interested in attending should sign up on the Architecture League of New York website.
Davis is the director of the Computational Textiles Lab (SOFT LAB) in the Stuckeman Center for Design Computing (SCDC) at Penn State, which investigates how lightweight and soft computational materials and computational textiles are made and manufactured, how the material itself is used, and how it may be applied in architecture, furnishings, and clothing. Davis received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Computational textiles are textiles that are sensitive to stimuli in the environment by using sensors and microcontrollers, or textiles that transmit information to humans by utilizing the variable characteristics of the material itself as a medium of communication.
A collaboration between art, science, engineering, and design, Davis’s work in architecture and textiles imagines new ways of incorporating fabrics into our everyday lives and architectural structures. The PBS series “Women in Science Profiles” showcased her work, and her work will be included in the Museum of Modern Art’s (MoMA) “Reconstructions: Blackness and Architecture in America” exhibition, which will open in 2021.
As a consequence of her participation in the MoMA exhibition, Davis co-founded the Black Reconstruction Collective, a non-profit organization of Black architects, historians, and artists that promotes and sponsors design work concerned with the African diaspora and its descendants.
The author is now working on a book titled “Soft built: Networked Architectural Textiles,” which will study the role of computational materials in our everyday life.
David Davis received her Ph.D. in architecture from the Design and Computation Group in the School of Architecture and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Her master’s degree in architecture was earned at Princeton University, while her bachelor’s degree in engineering was earned at Tufts University.
The Architectural League of New York chooses eight rising firms each year via a portfolio competition judged by industry professionals. During the selection process, the board looks at major bodies of completed work. It takes into account successes in the design and academic sectors, as well as in the public domain. Each Emerging Voice’s work is among the greatest of its category and confronts more significant concerns in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, and the built environment as a whole.
DK Osseo-Asare, associate professor of architecture and engineering design at Penn State, has been selected as a 2021 Emerging Voices recipient for his work as co-principal of Low Design Office, which he founded with his wife.