2020 ARCC New Researcher Award

The ARCC New Researcher Award celebrates the activities, accomplishments and promise of scholars in the early stages of their research career. The ARCC New Researcher Award is intended to acknowledge emerging figures in architectural and environmental design research that demonstrate innovation in thinking, dedication in scholarship, contributions to the academy, and leadership.

Based on the experimental and creative nature of her work, and promise in the field, the ARCC Board of Directors is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2020 ARCC New Researcher Award is Tsz Yan Ng.

Tsz Yan Ng, M.Arch. II is an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan. She previously served as the Walter B. Sanders Fellow at the University of Michigan (2007-2008) and the Reyner Banham Fellow at the University of Buffalo (2001-2002). She holds an M.Arch. II from Cornell University, and an M.Arch. and Bachelor of Professional Studies from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Tsz Yan Ng’s material-based research and design primarily focus on experimental concrete forming (hard) and textile manipulation (soft). A common thread to her work investigates questions of labor in various facets and forms – underscoring broader issues of industrial manufacturing innovation, of human labor, crafting, and aesthetics. Principal of an independent architecture and art practice with built works in the US and China, her work ranges in scale from textile manufacturing facilities to commercial retail interiors and installations. She recently received an Architect Magazine R+D Award for Robotic Needle Felting and an AIA Upjohn Research Initiative Grant to explore concrete 3D printing. Her co-edited book Twisted was released in 2018 and was co-editor for the JAE theme issue Work (2019).