The Architectural League of New York, founded in 1881, nurtures excellence in architecture, design, and urbanism, and stimulates thinking and debate about the critical design and building issues of our time. As a vital, independent forum for architecture and its allied disciplines, the League helps create a more beautiful, vibrant, innovative, and sustainable future. Mark Robbins is president and CEO of the American Academy in Rome. He was previously executive director of the International Center of Photography in New York, dean and professor at Syracuse University School of Architecture, and director of design at the National Endowment for the Arts. Robbins has been a visiting professor at numerous institutions across the United States; has exhibited his work in numerous venues around the world; and is the author and editor of three books and two book series. Anne Rieselbach, program director of the Architectural League, has directed the Architectural League Prize since 1987. She organizes many of the League's lecture series, competitions, and exhibitions, and she was the editor of the recent League publication 30 Years of Emerging Voices: Idea, Form, Resonance.