Architecture studio LOT-EK’s founding partners Ada Tolla and Giuseppe Lignano were recently named the winners of the annual Lawrence Israel Prize by the Interior Design department at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT). The firm, which is an Inhabitat favorite for their innovative shipping container architecture, was praised by the jury as a “keen role model for all students of design, particularly the students at FIT.” To celebrate the award, Tolla and Lignano will discuss their work in a free and public talk titled “O+O (Objects and Operations)” on Tuesday, April 22 at 6PM at the Katie Murphy Amphitheater at FIT.
Founded in 1993, the award-winning design studio has achieved international acclaim through their ecologically sensitive designs and adaptive reuse of industrial objects. LOT-EK’s sustainable approach to construction and the environment has been applied to commercial, institutional, and residential projects of all scales. The cargotecture specialists have flexed their design muscles across the globe, conceptualizing everything from a nine-story tall shipping container mall in New York City to Beijing’s enormous shipping container village.
In receiving this award, Tolla and Lignano join the ranks of past recipients including Jamie Drake, David Rockwell, Vicente Wolf, Adam Tihany, and Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Endowed by architect Lawrence J. Israel, the eponymous prize is awarded annually to “an individual or firm whose ideas and work enrich FIT Interior Design students’ course of study.”