Lyn Rice founded Lyn Rice Architects (now Rice+Lipka Architects) in New York in 2004 with an iterative design approach that inventively embraces practical constraints and actively exposes hidden, often unexpected, design opportunities. Rice, together with Astrid Lipka, directs the studio which strives to engage the public with memorable works that address normative issues unconventionally, and that bring an energetic mix of civic-mindedness and personal engagement to a range of building, planning, art, and cultural research projects.
Rice was a design principal and the architect-of-record for one of the world's largest contemporary art museums, Dia:Beacon, while a partner of OpenOffice art+architecture collaborative (1999-2004) and is committed to work in the arts and the public sphere. He has collaborated with a range of artists/thinkers including Patrick Blanc, Miles Coolidge, Liam Gillick, Robert Irwin, Peter Kogler, and Ben Rubin. Previously, Rice worked with Diller+Scofidio (1997-1999), Stan Allen Architect (1994-1995), and as founding principal of Lyn Rice Architect (1994-1997).
The Architectural League of New York has named Rice one of architecture’s Emerging Voices and Architectural Record selected him as part of its Design Vanguard. Rice’s work has been published widely and recognized both internationally and domestically with numerous awards, including the international Architectural Review Future Projects Award, and a dozen American Institute of Architects design awards.
Rice serves on the Board of Directors & Executive Committee of the Architectural League of New York and is LEED accredited. He is currently serving as Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation, where he earned a master's degree in advanced architectural design. Rice is active in New York's academic community, having led design studios as Visiting Lecturer at Princeton University’s School of Architecture, Adjunct Professor at Barnard College/Columbia University Architecture, Visiting Critic at Syracuse University/NYC, Thesis Advisor at Parsons School of Design and as Visiting Associate Professor at the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at The Cooper Union.
Astrid Lipka is principal of Rice+Lipka Architects and since 2000 has led numerous projects with Rice, including the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center (2009 National AIA Honor Award and International Architecture Award winner), The New School Welcome Center, the Joan Mitchell Foundation, and a diverse range of planning, commercial, residential, exhibition and cultural analysis projects.
As a design associate for OpenOffice art+architecture collaborative (2000-2004), Lipka worked extensively on Dia:Beacon, a 300,000sf contemporary art museum in upstate New York, and led the design on an array of other projects, including CoreCut (retail prototypes for Shiseido - a collaboration with Diller+Scofidio), Beyond the Catwalk (touring exhibition) and All the News (multi-media proposal for Piano’s New York Times building). In 2000, Lipka collaborated with Galia Solomonoff on Defective Brick, an installation at Artists Space in New York, and, as a designer with the award winning office of Bothe, Richter, Teherani Architects, Hamburg (1997-1999), worked on the award-winning and widely published Swiss Re office park in Munich.
Lipka has received numerous academic honors, including the 2000 Lowenfish Memorial Award at Columbia University and the 1996 BDA (Association of German Architects) Award for her designs for the Max-Planck-Institute. Her work is featured in international publications, and has been exhibited at venues such as the Goethe Institute, New York as part of Emerging Spaces, and in Atlantis 2000 at the NAi: Netherlands Architecture Institute, Rotterdam.
With 20 years experience in architecture, Lipka is a LEED Accredited Professional and a registered architect in New York State. She holds a Masters in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University and is a part-time Assistant Professor at Parsons the New School for Design, where she is currently the Coordinator for the Graduate Architecture Thesis.
Benjamin Cadena is an integral thinker and designer leading the conceptualization and development of many of Rice+Lipka Architects' most significant projects. Most recently, he has worked on visioning strategies for the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD), on ongoing projects for the New York Public Library (including the award-winning Hamilton Grange Teen Center in Harlem), on the siting and design of three ground-up Carriage House Buildings on Staten Island for the City of New York (part of the Design Excellence Program), and on RLA's project for for ORDOS 100 project (housing project curated by Ai Weiwei and Herzog & DeMeuron in Inner Mongolia, China).
Prior to joining RLA, Cadena worked for Stan Allen Architect in Princeton NJ, Atelier Bow-Wow in Tokyo, and Work Architecture Company in New York. His experience in these offices has ranged from high-level strategic planning for cities to project design on commercial, residential and institutional projects. While at Stan Allen Architect, he worked on the design for the headquarter for the BADA Publishing group in "Paju Book City", Korea; and in Taiwan, the design of the Taichung Gateway Park and master plan for the redevelopment of the decommissioned municipal airport into a new cultural and residential district.
Originally from Bogotá, Colombia, Cadena holds a BA in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and Master of Architecture from the same institution where he was awarded the E. Lewis Dales Traveling Fellowship and the Matlock Traveling Fellowship. Preceding his work in architecture, he was an investment banker with French firm BNP Paribas, serving as an advisor to governments and corporation throughout South and Central America.
Cadena collaborated in the development of an international series of lectures and public forums and has taught Visual Studies for the University of Pennsylvania's Department of Architecture.