The Architectural League of New York has honored Rania Ghosn DDes ’10 and El Hadi Jazairy DDes ’10 with its annual prize for young architects and designers. Design Earth, a collaborative practice led by Ghosn and Jazairy, is one of six architecture and design practices selected for the 2016 prize. The award is given to architects and designers who are no more than 10 years out of school.

Ghosn and Jazairy founded Design Earth in 2010. The work of DESIGN EARTH investigates the geographies of technological systems, such as energy and trash, to open a range of aesthetic and political concerns for architecture and urbanism. Their recently published Geographies of Trash (ACTAR, 2015) was awarded an ACSA Faculty Design Award. They have exhibited their work at a number of venues; this year they will take part in the Kuwaiti Pavilion at the Venice Biennale for Architecture, curated by GSD Alums Ali Karimi and Hamed Bukhamseen, and the 2016 Oslo Architecture Triennale.

During the time they spend in the doctor of design program, Ghosn and Jazairy were founding editors of the journal New Geographies and editors of respectively NG2: Landscapes of Energy and NG4: Scales of the Earth. Ghosn is currently Assistant Professor at MIT School of Architecture and Planning and Jazairy is Assistant Professor at University of Michigan.

May 2016