Winter Hearst Lecture Series: Sunil Bald
Sunil Bald, Studio SUMO
Mar 4, 2016
Sunil Bald is a founding member, with Yolande Daniels, of Studio SUMO, one of the most innovative young architecture and design firms in New York. Founded in 1997, SUMO “responds to contextual forces that include the physical, social, cultural, and historical conditions of site, program, and type, [while striving] for solutions that are inventive and unexpected.” Often working in the public realm, Studio SUMO’s projects and built work include the Josai University School of Business Management (Sakado, Japan), the Museum of African Diaspora Art (Brooklyn), Leaney Harlem Duplex (Harlem), the interior space for the Museum of African Art (Long Island), Mitan Housing (Miami), and the Mizuta Museum of Art (Sakado, Japan.)
Studio SUMO has received numerous awards from the AIA and was listed in the Architectural Record's 2006 Design Vanguard. In 1999 the firm was selected to participate in the League’s Young Architects Forum and was a 2002 finalist in MoMA/PS1’s Young Architects Program. Their work has been widely exhibited, including at the Museum of Modern Art and the Venice Biennale, and has been published in Architectural Record, House and Garden, The New York Times, Dwell, Metropolis, Azure, and numerous other publications and surveys. In 2014, Studio SUMO received the Architectural League’s annual Emerging Voices Award which spotlights North American individuals and firms with distinct design “voices” that have the potential to influence the disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design.
Sunil Bald received his B.S. in biology from the University of California Santa Cruz and his M.Arch from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. He currently teaches at the Yale School of Architecture.