• Profile:

    Yolande Daniels is a founding partner of studioSUMO, an academic/architecture partnership focused on innovative design involving research, formal exploration, and material invention in Long Island City, NY. Yolande’s research interest in revealing connections between social systems and the spaces they are enacted in has led to experimental formal strategies derived from non-linear and informal systems, and an interest in pattern-making logic, rule-sets and games. Expanding upon the theorization of technologies of power, she explores how certain concepts (race and gender, for example) are produced as technologies of difference. Her works are formalized in experimental essays that mix theoretical, poetic and graphic genres or in installation projects using architectural methods. Yolande has taught as a visiting professor at The City University of New York, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Howard University, Columbia University, Josai International University, the University of Michigan, and Pratt Institute.

    Degrees Held:

    1990     M Architecture, Columbia University, New York

    1987     BS Architecture, City College, CUNY, New York

    Professional Affiliations:

    Member, the Architectural League of New York

    Research Interests:

    architecture, space, politics

    Awards And Honors:

    2015     Architecture Award, the American Academy of Arts and Letters (SUMO)       

    2012     NYC Department of Design and Construction Design Excellence Program (SUMO)    

    2012     Architecture Merit Award, American Institute of Architects, New York Chapter (SUMO)           

    2010     Independent Projects Architecture Grant, New York State Council on the Arts (SUMO)           

    2010     Emerging Voices Award, Architectural League of New York (SUMO)            

    2008     Educational Facility Design Building Type Merit Award, AIA New York Chapter (SUMO)

    2007     Building Brooklyn Arts & Culture Design Award, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce (SUMO)

    2006     Design Vanguard Award, Architectural Record Magazine (SUMO)     

    2005-6  Residency in Architecture, MacDowell Arts Colony, New Hampshire (YD)

    2003-4  Rome Prize in Architecture, American Academy in Rome (YD)

    2002     Architecture + Environment Fellowship, New York Foundation for the Arts (SUMO)     

    2001     Young Architects Program Award Finalist, MoMA/PS1 (SUMO)                   

    1999     Young Architects Award, Architectural League of New York (SUMO)            

    1997-8  Helena Rubenstein Critical Studies Fellow, Whitney Museum Independent Study Program (YD)            

    1996-7  Studio Fellow, Whitney Museum Independent Study Program (YD)    

    1996-7  AIA New York Chapter Travel Grant, Brazil. (YD)