"Firms like Preston Scott Cohen, Daly Genik Architects and Greg Lynn Form, to name just a few, have been shut out of high-profile government commissions by a convoluted competition process that favors known quantities."
do these firms have enough relevant experience for these types of government projects?
Sectionalhealing, I think it further undercuts his argument that kierenTimberlake won the embassy competition against Meier and Mayne (who has built at least two comissions for the Federal government).
I think Ouroussoff's point that many talented architects are not being included in these competitions is a good one, but I think it's a point very much apart from the merits of the KieranTimberlake submission. From what I can see, and that's not much, the project is yet another example of a thoughtfully detailed, tectonically rich design from them. Personally, I am very glad to see the return to rational, thoughtfully designed projects winning competitions here. The idea that because the submission is perhaps formally conservative and perhaps pays homage to the existing embassy is not a bad thing in my mind.