Yasmin Vobis is co-founder of Ultramoderne, an office committed to creating architecture and public spaces that are at once modern, playful, and generous. Their view that architecture is not a boutique luxury but plays an important role in all aspects of urban life, has driven them to mine the rich possibilities for contact between the discipline and the everyday.
The office regularly participates in architectural competitions, with winning entries for the Chicago Lakefront Kiosk competition and the Central Falls Affordable Housing competition. The office was selected as a finalist for the MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program, the Philadelphia Contemporary Museum competition, and the Roger Williams Park Visitor Center. Awards and recognition include the Architectural League Prize, an Architect Magazine R+D Award, and multiple awards from the American Institute of Architects, and Architect Magazine’s Next Progressives. The office was recently included on the Domus Magazine list of 50 Best Architecture Firms from across the globe.
Vobis sees the academy as an experimental platform for testing and exchanging ideas about architecture; rather than retreat from the issues of today’s political, social, and environmental context, her teaching aims to foster curiosity in these complexities through design. Vobis has previously taught at Princeton University, Rhode Island School of Design, Cooper Union and Brown University.
Vobis studied architecture at the University of California at Berkeley and Princeton University, where she was awarded the Butler Traveling Fellowship and the Suzanne Kolarik Underwood Prize. Vobis is a licensed architect, and has practiced in the offices of Ogrydziak Prillinger Architects, Guy Nordenson and Associates, and Steven Holl Architects. In 2016 she was awarded the Founders / Arnold W. Brunner / Katherine Edwards Gordon Rome Prize in Architecture.