Tom Wiscombe: Local Forces

Architecture Department Lecture Series

Tom Wiscombe is an architectural designer based in Los Angeles. In 1999, he founded EMERGENT, a platform for researching the relationship between nature, technology, systems, and architectural form. EMERGENT was a finalist in the Czech National Library Competition in 2007 and won second place in the competition for the Seoul Performing Arts Center in 2005. Their work was showcased in a solo show at the UCLA Architecture Gallery entitled ”Notes on Micromultiplicity” in early 2005. Other exhibitions include the 2007 Shenzhen Biennale, the 2006 Bejing Biennale, the 2006 London Biennale, ”Glamour: Fabricating Affluence” at MoMA San Francisco in 2004, MoMA New York in 2003, and ArchiLAB in 2003 and 2001. Their work is part of the permanent collections of the F.R.A.C. Centre, MoMA San Francisco, and MoMA New York. EMERGENT was also awarded the Architectural League of New York Young Architects Award for 2004. In 2003, EMERGENT won the competition for the renowned P.S.1/MoMA Urban Beach project, which opened to critical acclaim, and won the New York Engineering Excellence Platinum Award for 2004. The work of EMERGENT has been extensively published, notably in Esquire, Surface, Vogue, Architectural Record, Architectural Digest, Praxis, Metropolis, A+U, Perspecta, and The New York Times