Awards & Honors

Professor Edmiston Wins 2020 World Design Award

Spitzer Professor Jeremy Edmiston has won a 2020 World Design Award for his Unhistoric Townhouse project. Bricks are integral to the New York City historic district of Tribeca, where Edmiston’s firm, System Architects, created a unique façade of twisting brick on a landmarked building. The complex geometry is mirrored within, where an interior wall of twisted brick anchors the building, its curves providing seating, shelving, and even a fireplace. The radical twists and folds, however, are accomplished with standard-sized bricks. The bold design was approved by the local Landmarks Preservation Commission in a rare unanimous vote. The result is a remarkable new type of building, one rooted in the area’s past, signaling that a new era has arrived.


The World Design Awards recognize outstanding ideas that redefine architecture design through the implementation of novel technologies, materials, programs, aesthetics, and spatial organizations along with studies on globalization, flexibility, adaptability, and the digital revolution. Edmiston’s project was recognized within the Residential Built award category.