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Benjamin Aranda and Chris Lasch
2016 Miller Prize Finalist


Benjamin Aranda and Chris Lasch founded Aranda\Lasch in 2003. Based in Tucson and New York, Aranda\Lasch is committed to experimental research and innovative building. They design buildings, installations, and furniture through a deep investigation of structure and materials.

Aranda\Lasch’s work operates at a wide range of scales from objects, furniture, and installations to buildings and landscapes. Their work has been exhibited internationally in galleries, museums, design fairs, and biennials. Their installation work was featured at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2008 and again in 2010 with Primitives, “an installation that combines the romantic tradition of ruined landscapes with modular fractals.” In 2008, they were commissioned by the MoMA in New York to produce a large scale installation in the museum.

Miami, FL, is the home of three recent projects, most notably the Art Deco Project, a new retail building in Miami’s Design District. Aranda\Lasch’s current work has taken them farther afield, as they work on a banquet hall and outdoor theater in Libreville, Gabon, and an arts center with an outdoor sculpture park and artist residences in Bali, Indonesia.

At smaller scales, Aranda\Lasch have also developed experimental furniture products that explore new concepts in fabrication and assembly. Their objects are part of the permanent collection of the MoMA in New York, and they are represented by Gallery ALL in Los Angeles and Beijing. When asked about their more recent shift to larger scale work as part of their Emerging Voices recognition, Aranda and Lasch described the work as an exciting phase of a practice that is defined by a realization of research into bigger projects.

Recognition of their work includes the 2015 Architectural Record Design Vanguard Award and the 2015 Architectural League Emerging Voices Award. Aranda\Lasch’s early work is the subject of Pamphlet Architecture 27: Tooling.

Benjamin Aranda received his BA in architecture from UC Berkeley and Chris Lasch received his BS in architecture from the University of Illinois. Both received their M.Arch degrees from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. They have also served as visiting professors at Harvard University, Columbia University, Princeton University, University of Pennsylvania, and UC Berkeley.