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Mecanoo's Bruce C. Bolling Building Wins 2017 Harleston Parker Medal

16:05 - 22 February, 2017
Mecanoo's Bruce C. Bolling Building Wins 2017 Harleston Parker Medal, Courtesy of Mecanoo
Courtesy of Mecanoo

The Boston Society of Architects (BSA) has announced Mecanoo as the winners of the 2016 Harleston Parker Medal for their design of the Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building. Awarded each year by the BSA and the City of Boston, the prestigious award honors “the single most beautiful” building or structure built in the metropolitan Boston area over the past 10 years.

5 Finalists Selected for the 2017 EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award

08:15 - 15 February, 2017
5 Finalists Selected for the 2017 EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award

Five European projects have been selected as finalists for the 2017 EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award. Chosen from a shortlist of 40 projects, the five finalists were lauded by the jury for their ability to “respond to the concerns of today’s European society.”

“Our instincts could be summed up by the words of Peter Smithson: ‘things need to be ordinary and heroic at the same time,’” said Jury Chairman Stephen Bates. “We were looking for an ordinariness whose understated lyricism is full of potential’.”

Through April, the jury members will visit each finalist project to evaluate the buildings firsthand and to see how they are used by the public. The Prize Winner will be announced in Brussels on May 16.

The five finalists are:

8 International & 178 American Architects Named to AIA College of Fellows

16:15 - 10 February, 2017
One Airport Square / Mario Cucinella Architects. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
One Airport Square / Mario Cucinella Architects. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has named 178 AIA members to be elevated to its prestigious College of Fellows, an honor awarded to members who have made “a significant contribution to architecture and society and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession.”

Rachel Whiteread Wins 2017 Ada Louise Huxtable Prize

06:00 - 9 February, 2017
Rachel Whiteread Wins 2017 Ada Louise Huxtable Prize, Caruso St John (UK) with artist Rachel Whiteread. Image © Caruso St John Architects, Marcus Taylor and Rachel Whiteread & Malcolm Reading Consultants
Caruso St John (UK) with artist Rachel Whiteread. Image © Caruso St John Architects, Marcus Taylor and Rachel Whiteread & Malcolm Reading Consultants

Artist Rachel Whiteread has won the 2017 Ada Louise Huxtable Prize, which recognizes individuals working in the wider architectural industry who have made a significant contribution to architecture and the built environment. Whiteread was selected by respondents to the Architectural Review’s Women In Architecture: Working in Architecture survey.

Some of Whiteread’s notable work includes her 1993 Turner Prize-winning House, her collaboration with architects like Caruso St John on the UK Holocaust Memorial International Design Competition, and her participation on the RIBA Stirling Prize 2016 jury.

Denise Scott Brown Wins 2017 Jane Drew Prize

06:00 - 8 February, 2017
Denise Scott Brown Wins 2017 Jane Drew Prize, © Robert Venturi
© Robert Venturi

Denise Scott Brown has won the 2017 Jane Drew Prize, an award that recognizes an architectural designer who has “raised the profile of women in architecture” through their work and commitment to design excellence, as a part of The Architectural Review’s (AR) Women in Architecture Awards

Scott Brown’s receipt of the prize is a culmination of the grassroots drive to see her contribution to the profession adequately recognized – a movement that sprung from the Women in Architecture campaign in 2013–a quarter of a century after her partner Robert Venturi was awarded the Pritzker.

“Things have happened which have made me very happy in my old age and one of those is this prize,” said Scott Brown.

Previous winners of the Drew prize, named after advocate Jane Drew, include Odile Decq, Yvonne Farrell, Shelley McNamara, and Zaha Hadid.

Curry Stone Design Prize Recognizes 7 Practices for Strides in Social Housing

14:00 - 4 February, 2017

via GIPHY

In honour of its 10th anniversary, the Curry Stone Design Prize will recognize a large group of the world’s most socially conscious and active design practices, in what the Foundation has coined as the Social Design Circle.

Over the course of the year, 100 firms will be added to the Circle for their sustainable, socially inclusive and impactful design work, under twelve specific themes. Each month, select firms’ work will be highlighted individually on the Prize’s website, while also featuring on the Curry Stone Foundation’s new podcast, Social Design Insights.

The following seven practices were selected for the month of February, in response to the theme “Is The Right to Housing Real?”:

2016 Wood Design & Building Magazine Award Winners Announced

06:00 - 1 February, 2017
2016 Wood Design & Building Magazine Award Winners Announced, Courtesy of Wood Design & Building Awards
Courtesy of Wood Design & Building Awards

The 2016 winning submissions of Wood Design & Building magazine’s annual Wood Design Awards have been announced, each project demonstrates innovative approaches to and excellence in wood construction within architecture and design.

“For architecture to truly be successful, it must transcend buildings and fulfill the structural, functional and aesthetic needs of a community,” said Vice-President of Market Development for the Canadian Wood Council, Etienne Lalonde. “The Wood Design Awards program is an opportunity for design teams to showcase applications of wood/wood products that ultimately lead to safe, strong and sophisticated buildings and that inspire others to use wood in construction.”

Of the approximately 200 submissions, 22 projects were selected as award recipients across seven categories, selected by an esteemed jury consisting of Peter Bohlin, Patricia Patkau and Brian Court. Special awards were also presented by the Canadian Wood Council.

Here are the 2016 award recipients…

The Smile. Image Courtesy of Wood Design & Building Awards Samuel Beckett Civic Campus. Image Courtesy of Wood Design & Building Awards Wild Turkey Bourbon Visitor Center. Image Courtesy of Wood Design & Building Awards Nanjing Wanjing Garden Chapel. Image Courtesy of Wood Design & Building Awards +20

40 Projects Shortlisted for the 2017 EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies Van Der Rohe Award

07:40 - 30 January, 2017
40 Projects Shortlisted for the 2017 EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies Van Der Rohe Award, Courtesy of EUmiesAward17
Courtesy of EUmiesAward17

The European Commission and the Mies van der Rohe Foundation have announced the 40 shortlisted works that will compete for the 2017 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award. The jury has chosen from 355 nominated works and the shortlist highlights the opportunities and the trends of today’s European territory: cities, housing, heritage, and memory. The five finalists will be announced in mid-February and the winner and the Emerging Architect in mid-May. 

A third of the works tackle the challenge of contemporary architecture in relation with built heritage and a third of the work tackles the contemporary challenges of housing. The management of the historic urban landscape will be among the priorities highlighted by the ‘European Year of Cultural Heritage' in 2018.

"I would want the shortlisted schemes to demonstrate an interest in making places, in exploring convention and known typologies, in celebrating the pleasures of everyday use by a consideration of detail and an unspoken resistance to the current global tendency towards a self-referential architecture, one that belies context and the act of inhabitation." - Stephen Bates, Chairman of the Jury.

Seen the shortlist after the break.

2-Million-Dollar LafargeHolcim Sustainable Design Competition—Closing Soon

07:00 - 30 January, 2017
2-Million-Dollar LafargeHolcim Sustainable Design Competition—Closing Soon

The 5th International  Awards competition closes for entries on March 21, 2017, 2pm UTC. It seeks projects at an advanced stage of design from the fields of architecture, building, and civil engineering; landscape and urban design; as well as materials, products and construction technologies. The Awards also feature a Next Generation category for visions and ideas of young professionals and students.

The Architectural League Announces Emerging Voices of 2017

12:00 - 28 January, 2017
The Architectural League Announces Emerging Voices of 2017, ReUrbano / Cadaval & Solà-Morales. Image © Miguel de Guzmán
ReUrbano / Cadaval & Solà-Morales. Image © Miguel de Guzmán

Each year, The Architectural League of New York awards its prestigious Emerging Voices award to eight practices across the United States, Canada, and Mexico, whose work “represents the best of its kind, and addresses larger issues within architecture, landscape, and the built environment."

This is Emerging Voices' 35th year running, with the competition organized by League Program Director Anne Rieselbach and reviewed by an esteemed jury.

"The 2017 Voices personify the versatility of contemporary practice. Many firms take on multiple roles of designer, developer, and/or builder to address pressing issues in housing, institutional design, and the public realm. They embrace material experimentation, challenging sites, and an economy of means within budgetary constraints to create exemplary architecture," said Rieselbach.

This year’s recipients are…

La Tellera / Frida Escobedo. Image © Rafael Gamo Whistler Cabin / Scott and Scott Architects. Image © Scott and Scott Architects MA House / Cadaval & Solà-Morales. Image © Sandra Pereznieto Treehouse / LEVER Architecture. Image © Lara Swimmer +9

IKEA's Better Shelter Wins Design of the Year 2016

12:00 - 27 January, 2017
IKEA's Better Shelter Wins Design of the Year 2016, via Better Shelter
via Better Shelter

IKEA’s flat-packed refugee housing solution, the “Better Shelter,” has been announced as the winner of the Beazley Design of the Year 2016. Presented by the Design Museum in London, the award is given to the project that best meets the criteria of design that “promotes or delivers change,” “captures the spirit of the year,” “enables access,” and “work that has extended design practice.”

Selected as the winner of the Architecture category, the Better Shelter beat out winners from five other categories, including Digital, Fashion, Graphics, Product and Transport, to take home the top honor of Design of the Year.

SOM, LMN Architects Among Winners of AIA Urban Design Honor Awards

12:20 - 24 January, 2017
SOM, LMN Architects Among Winners of AIA Urban Design Honor Awards

In addition to the 18 architectural projects selected as recipients of the 2017 Institute Honor Awards, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) have also named 5 projects as winners of the 2017 Institute Honor Awards for Regional & Urban Design.

Studio Gang, SANAA Among Winners of 2017 AIA Institute Honor Awards

13:05 - 17 January, 2017
Studio Gang, SANAA Among Winners of 2017 AIA Institute Honor Awards

 The American Institute of Architects (AIA) have named 18 architectural and interior projects as recipients of the 2017 Institute Honor Awards, the profession’s highest recognition for excellence in design.

According to the AIA, “the 2017 Architecture program celebrates the best contemporary architecture regardless of budget, size, style, or type. These stunning projects show the world the range of outstanding work architects create and highlight the many ways buildings and spaces can improve our lives.”

The awarded projects were selected from nearly 700 submissions. The winners will be honored at the 2017 AIA National Convention in Orlando.

Theaster Gates Wins 2017 Edmund N. Bacon Award

16:00 - 13 January, 2017
Theaster Gates Wins 2017 Edmund N. Bacon Award, The Rebuild Foundation's Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative (DA+HC); Chicago / Landon Bone Baker Architects. Image © Barry Rustin
The Rebuild Foundation's Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative (DA+HC); Chicago / Landon Bone Baker Architects. Image © Barry Rustin

The Center for Architecture and Design has announced Theaster Gates as the 2017 recipient of its Edmund N. Bacon Award, which honors one individual who has advocated for excellence in urban development, planning, thought, and design.

A Chicago-based artist and community developer, Gates is the founder of the Rebuild Foundation, which focuses on improving the quality of urban life by planning and designing active and engaged communities. “Under Gates’ leadership, the Rebuild Foundation currently manages projects in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood of Chicago. Program sites include the Stony Island Arts Bank, the Black Cinema House, the Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative, Archive House, and Listening House.”

6 Practices Recognized as Social Design Innovators by Curry Stone Design Prize

12:30 - 3 January, 2017
6 Practices Recognized as Social Design Innovators by Curry Stone Design Prize, © José Bastidas / Pico Collective Courtesy of Curry Stone Design Prize. ImageCustomized size and shape basketball court. La Ye 5 de Julio, Petare, Caracas
© José Bastidas / Pico Collective Courtesy of Curry Stone Design Prize. ImageCustomized size and shape basketball court. La Ye 5 de Julio, Petare, Caracas

In the past 10 years, the Curry Stone Design Prize has grown to become one of the world’s preeminent awards honoring socially impactful design professionals and the influence of design as a force for improving lives and strengthening communities.

This year, in honor of the prize’s 10th anniversary, the Curry Stone Foundation will acknowledge the largest group of influential practices yet, recognizing 100 firms over the next twelve months as members of the “Social Design Circle.” Each firm will be profiled on the award website, as well as participate in the foundation’s new podcast, Social Design Insights, beginning on January 5th, 2017.

15 Finalists Selected for the 2016 Art of Building Photographer of the Year Award

14:20 - 19 December, 2016
15 Finalists Selected for the 2016 Art of Building Photographer of the Year Award, "The Hive". Image © Marco Grassi
"The Hive". Image © Marco Grassi

Fifteen stunning images from top photographers around the world have been selected as finalists of Chartered Institute of Building’s (CIOB) 2016 Art of Building Photographer of the Year competition.

With subjects ranging from the windswept wonderland of an empty New York City to a rapidly changing Tibetan hillside village to a dreamy shot of Foster + Partners’ Swiss Re Headquarters ( a.k.a. “The Gherkin”) this year’s entries constitute a “cornucopia of styles and stories,” says CIOB spokesman Saul Townsend.

I.M. Pei's Le Grande Louvre Wins AIA 25 Year Award

12:00 - 16 December, 2016
I.M. Pei's Le Grande Louvre Wins AIA 25 Year Award, © Koji Horiuchi. Courtesy of AIA
© Koji Horiuchi. Courtesy of AIA

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has selected The Grand Louvre – Phase I as the recipient of the 2017 AIA Twenty-five Year Award. Designed by I.M. Pei with his firm Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, the project is notable for its 71-foot-tall glass and stainless steel pyramid, which according to the AIA, “now rivals the Eiffel Tower as one of France’s most recognizable architectural icons.”

The award is presented annually to a project that has "stood the test of time by embodying architectural excellence for 25 to 35 years."

© Benoit Perrin. Courtesy of AIA © Koji Horiuchi. Courtesy of AIA © Koji Horiuchi. Courtesy of AIA © Pei Cobb Freed & Partners. Courtesy of AIA +5

Robert A.M. Stern Awarded the AIA's 2017 Topaz Medallion

12:35 - 13 December, 2016
Tour Carpe Diem / Robert A.M. Stern Architects. Image © Peter Aaron / OTTO
Tour Carpe Diem / Robert A.M. Stern Architects. Image © Peter Aaron / OTTO

Following the announcements of the 2017 AIA Gold Medal and Architecture Firm of the Year winners, The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has announced the winners of three other national awards: the Edward C. Kemper Award,the Topaz Medallion, and the Whitney M. Young Jr. Award.