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FIT Awards 2010 Lawrence Israel Prize to LTL Architects

Loretta Lawrence Keane, Vice President for Advancement and External Relations
Cheri Fein, Executive Director of Public and Media Relations, 212 217.4700 or

Talk by LTL Architects to Take Place on April 16

The architectural firm of Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis (LTL Architects) is the recipient of the 2010 Lawrence Israel Prize, awarded by the Interior Design Department at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT). The prize, endowed by architect Lawrence J. Israel, has been given annually since 1998 to an individual or firm whose ideas and work enrich FIT Interior Design students course of study. Each year, the recipient is invited to give a public talk on a relevant topic.

LTL Architects' talk "Opportunistic Play," will take place on Friday, April 16, at 6 pm in the Katie Murphy Amphitheatre at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Seventh Avenue at 27th Street. This event is free and open to the public, with no reservations required.

New York City-based LTL Architects was founded in 1997 by Paul Lewis, Marc Tsurumaki, and David J. Lewis. LTLs work ranges from large scale academic and cultural buildings to interior architecture. Current projects include Arthouse at the Jones Center, a contemporary art museum in Austin, Texas, and a new facility for the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis at NYU. The firm will be included in the exhibition Rising Currents: Projects for New York's Waterfront, opening at The Museum of Modern Art on March 24.

Past projects include Bornhuetter Hall, a residence hall for the College of Wooster; offices for New York University's Strategic Assessment, Planning and Design Department; renovation of the public spaces at Brown University's BioMedical Center; a housing complex for New York Citys Department of Housing Preservation and Development; and award-winning designs in New York City for Xing Restaurant, Lozoo Restaurant, Fluff Bakery, Dash Dogs, and Tides Restaurant. LTL also has completed retail spaces in New York, Washington, and North Carolina, and residential projects throughout the U.S. The firm is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and actively engages sustainable practices.

LTL Architects received the 2007 National Design Award for Interior Architecture from the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum and was selected as one of six American architectural firms featured in the U.S. Pavilion at the 2004 Venice Architecture Biennale. In addition, LTL was included in the 2000 National Design Triennial at the Cooper-Hewitt and was selected in December 2000 by Architectural Record as one of ten firms representing a Vanguard in Contemporary Architecture.

The prize committee noted: "As witty co-conspirators, Paul Lewis, Marc Tsurumaki, and David Lewis explore the opportunistic overlaps between form, program, and materiality. In addition to the poetry and strength of their work, LTL was chosen as a keen role model for the students of FIT for designing human-scaled work of intimacy, wonder, and delight, as well as for their thesis of layered representation, their hands-on construction, and an ingenious knack for transforming simple materials into magical constructions."

Lawrence Israel Prize Winners
1998 Charles Gwathmey
1999 John F. Saladino
2000 Margo Grant Walsh, Gensler
2001 Clodagh
2002 Billie Tsien
2003 Vicente Wolf
2004 Bromley-Caldari
2005 Adam D. Tihany
2006 Jamie Drake
2007 Lindy Roy
2008 Avro|KO
2009 Gaetano Pesce
2010 Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis

FIT's Interior Design program, named by DesignIntelligence as one of the country's Top Ten interior design programs, has been preparing students for success for more than 50 years. This rigorous, multidisciplinary program combines the academic study of the history and theory of interior design with practical, hands-on projects. In classes taught by industry professionals, students learn drafting techniques, computer modeling, lighting, and materials and methods, with an emphasis on sustainability and user health and safety.

The Fashion Institute of Technology is a selective college of art and design, business and technology of the State University of New York, with 44 majors leading to the AAS, BFA, BS, MA, and MPS degrees.