Awards | Jury

ENYA Prize $5000*
2nd Prize $2500
3rd Prize $1000
Student Prize $1000

In addition to the 4 prizes outlined above, the jury will also award several honorable mention distinctions, and select a number of submissions for display in The Harlem Edge Exhibition, which will be shown at the Center for Architecture in New York City in July 2012.

Further, all entries will be displayed via a virtual gallery on The Harlem Edge competition will culminate with the publication of selected entries in a catalog, distributed internationally by the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter.

*The ENYA Prize winner will also be invited to participate as a jury member for the 5th biennial ENYA ideas competition, launching in 2014.


Emily Abruzzo
Meta Brunzema
Dr. Dickson D. Despommier
Louise Harpman
Michael Marrella
Jesse Reiser
Keith VanDerSys

Jurors will be announced at the Competition Launch Party on September 27, 2011 at the Center for Architecture.

Emily Abruzzo, RA, LEED AP

Abruzzo Emily Abruzzo is a writer, licensed Architect, and LEED Accredited Professional. She is partner in ABRUZZO BODZIAK ARCHITECTS llc, winners of AIA New Practices New York 2012 and recipients of the 2010 Architectural League Prize for Young Architects and Designers.

ABRUZZO BODZIAK ARCHITECTS' work has been published internationally and exhibited at numerous institutions, including Exit Art, Storefront for Art and Architecture, AIA San Francisco, The Virginia Center for Architecture, The Boston Society of Architects, The Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries in New York, the Robert and Elaine Stein Galleries in Ohio, and as part of The New Museum Festival of Ideas, with the Audi Urban Future Initiative at Openhouse Gallery in New York.

Emily has been a lecturer and guest critic at numerous institutions, including Yale University and Parsons The New School for Design. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Columbia College and her Master of Architecture from Princeton University. She is a founding editor and publisher of the 306090 Books series, and is the editor of Workbook, The official catalog of "Workshopping: An American Model of Architectural Practice," The U.S. Pavilion for La Biennale di Venezia, Biennale Architettura 2010. Her writing has been featured in several publications, including Yale Constructs, The New City Reader, and Architecture Briefs: Architectural Model Making.

Meta Brunzema, RA, LEED AP
Principal of Meta Brunzema Architect PC

Brunzema Meta Brunzema is an architect and urban designer based in New York City. She holds a Master of Architecture degree from Columbia University where she studied with Michael Webb, Jeffrey Kipnis and Catherine Ingraham. She collaborated with the architects Stan Allen, Steven Holl, Charles Gwathmey and Kevin Bone before launching the architecture and urban design firm Meta Brunzema Architect P.C. in 1998.

Ms. Brunzema is an adjunct associate professor at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn where she also serves as coordinator of the Graduate Architecture and Urban Design Program.  Her professional and academic endeavours focus on developing innovative design solutions for sites affected by rapid and non-linear changes in the economy, environment and technology. These include waterfronts, post-industrial sites, and areas of rapid demographic or economic change. Each project seeks to accelerate the systemic societal transitions that are needed to insure long-term economic and environmental sustainability.

Recent projects include an innovative flow-through "River Pool" in Beacon NY, a finalist for the 2004 Metropolis NEXT Generation Design Award. Completed in 2008, this new type of urban amenity fosters local community engagement, river access and environmental stewardship. Ms. Brunzema's waterfront work also includes design for Piers 40, 66a, 76 and 84 in Hudson River Park

Ms. Brunzema's work has been exhibited and published widely, and she is a frequent speaker at professional conferences.  She is a fellow of the Institute for Urban Design, a former member of Manhattan Community Board #4 and a founding director of the Friends of Hudson River Park.

Dr. Dickson D. Despommier, Ph.D
Emeritus Professor of Public Health in Environmental Health Sciences at Columbia University.

Despommier Dr. Dickson D. Despommier is a microbiologist, ecologist and Emeritus Professor of Public Health in Environmental Health Sciences at Columbia University. He conducts research on intracellular parasitism and teaches courses on Parasitic Diseases, Medical Ecology and Ecology. In recent years, Despommier has received considerable media coverage for his ideas on vertical farming.

Louise Harpman
Principal of Specht Harpman

HarpmanLouise Harpman is a principal in the architecture and design firm Specht Harpman, and maintains a commitment to teaching as well as practice. Louise Harpman is a Clinical Associate Professor of Architecture, Urban Design, and Sustainability at NYU's Gallatin School of Individualized Study, where she is a co-director of Global Design NYU. 

Specht Harpman was founded in 1995 by partners Scott Specht and Louise Harpman, who began working together while classmates at the Yale School of Architecture. A small company with rigorous standards for modern design, the firm's award-winning work includes urban design as well as commercial, institutional, and residential commissions. Specht Harpman was recognized in Wallpaper* magazine's Architects' Directory as one of the "top 50 up and coming architectural practices from around the world." The firm has received Honor Awards from the American Institute of Architects in New York and Texas, has been honored through the "Emerging Voices" series of the Architectural League of New York, named "Tastemakers" by House and Garden magazine, and included as one of New York City's "Top 100" architects and designers by New York Magazine. The firm's off-the-grid modular house, zeroHouse has been published in over 40 international books and magazines.

Michael Marrella, AICP
Director of Waterfront and Open Space Planning; New York City Department of City Planning

MarrellaMichael Marrella, AICP, is the Director of Waterfront and Open Space Planning for the New York City Department of City Planning. Michael is responsible for directing waterfront land use policy for the agency. He also advises the Chair and members of the City Planning Commission on the planning and land use issues affecting waterfront and open space areas, manages the staff of the Waterfront and Open Space Division, and acts as the primary liaison to a wide range of stakeholders including elected officials, community organizations, and private sector entities on matters of land use, zoning and economic development related to waterfront and open space. Michael previously served as Project Director for Vision 2020: the New York City Comprehensive Waterfront Plan, the document that provides the new long range vision for a 21st Century NYC waterfront. As Project Director, Michael oversaw all aspects of the plan's creation, including public outreach, policy analysis, and plan writing. Michael oversees City Planning's role in implementing Vision 2020, including revisions to the City's Coastal Zone Management program that regulates public and private projects on the waterfront and in the City's waterways.

Prior to his work on Vision 2020, Michael worked for 5 years as Manager of Environmental Planning on the Freshkills Park project. Michael also previously worked for AKRF, Inc., a planning consulting firm, and for the Town of Smithtown, NY. A member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, Michael served as Vice President of the New York Metro Chapter of the American Planning Association from 2006 through 2010. Born in New York City, Michael holds a Master in City Planning from MIT and a BA from Vassar College.

Jesse Reiser
Principal of Reiser + Umemoto RUR Architecture

Reiser Jesse Reiser received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the Cooper Union in New York and completed his Masters of Architecture at the Cranbrook Academy of Art. He was a fellow of the American Academy in Rome in 1985 and he worked for the offices of John Hejduk and Aldo Rossi prior to forming Reiser + Umemoto with partner, Nanako Umemoto. Jesse is an Associate Professor of Architecture at Princeton University and has previously taught at various schools in the US and Asia, including Columbia University, Yale University, Ohio State University, Hong Kong University, and the Cooper Union, and has lectured widely at various educational and cultural institutions throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.

Keith VanDerSys
Winner of the 2010 ENYA Prize; PEG office of landscape + architecture

VanDerSys Keith VanDerSys is co-founder of PEG office of landscape + architecture, an award-winning design and research practice based in Philadelphia. PEG's work explores the potential for new media and fabrication technologies to produce novel relationships between organic and inorganic materials, often utilizing pattern as a means to heighten the perception of temporal and ephemeral phenomena.

The firm has been published internationally and won numerous design awards, including the 2010 Emerging New York Architects prize, the 2010 Architectural League Prize for Young Architects and Designers and a 2011 Boston Society of Architects Research Grant for work pertaining to geo-cell customization.