Yolande Daniels and Sunil Bald are partners in the design collaborative studio SUMO in New York City. Recent SUMO projects include: a housing project in Miami, for which they won a design competition; a temporary space for the Museum of African Art in Long Island City; MoCADA, a museum of contemporary art in Brooklyn's BAM cultural district; and the Josai University New School of Management in Sakado, Japan. Their firm received the Vanguard award from Architectural Record in 2006/7, a New York Foundation for the Arts Architecture/Environments Fellowship, 2002, and they received a Young Architects Award, Architectural League of New York as well as a National Design Award from the American Collegiate Schools of Architecture for the project "Flip-Flop" in 1999. Their design work has been exhibited in various venues including: Project Row Houses, Houston; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the National Building Museum, Washington D.C.; the GA Gallery, Tokyo; and the Urban Center, New York, as well as at the University of Texas in Austin, Parsons School of Design and Cornell University in New York. In 2002, they co-edited "Architecture: Re-building the Future," a special issue of the Review of Japanese Culture and Society published by the Center for Inter-Cultural Studies and Education, Josai University, Chiba-ken Japan.
Ms. Daniels has published essays that deal with the spatial politics of race and gender in anthologies such as: Crime and Ornament (YYZ Press, 2002), White Papers, Black Marks (Athlone Press, 2000), and Grey Areas (Chalkham Hill Press, 1999). She received fellowships from the American Academy in Rome (2003-04) and the MacDowell Colony (2005-6). From 1996-98, she was a Helena Rubinstein Critical Studies Fellow at the Whitney American Museum of Art and a participant in the Independent Studio Program in New York. She received a research grant from the NY chapter of the American Institute of Architects in 1996 for a project documenting "slave spaces" in Brazil. A graduate of Columbia University (M. Arch) and City College (BS Architecture), Ms. Daniels is an Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation at Columbia University.
Mr. Bald's research into modernism, popular culture, and nation-making in Brazil has been supported by grants and fellowships from the Graham Foundation, NYFA, and the Fulbright Commission, and has been published in various journals such as Perspecta (2007), Thresholds (2002) and Double Frames (1999). Mr. Bald is a graduate of Columbia University (M. Arch.) and University of California, Santa Cruz (BA Biology); he was Louis Kahn visiting professor of architecture at Yale in 2006 and continues there as a design critic.
Both Yolande Daniels and Sunil Bald formerly taught architecture at the Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning.