Juhani Pallasmaa and Diébédo Francis Kéré Honored in 2014 Schelling Architecture Awards

Centre for Earth Architecture / Kere Architecture. Image © Iwan Baan

The Schelling Architecture Foundation has announced Juhani Pallasmaa and Diébédo Francis Kéré as the recipients of its Architecture Theory and Architecture Prizes, respectively, for 2014. Awarded once every two years since 1994, the Schelling Prizes are prestigious awards that historically have been reasonable predictors of the Pritzker Prize, with Zaha Hadid, Peter Zumthor, Kazuyo Sejima and Wang Shu all receiving a some years before their Pritzker Prize.

This year, the Schelling Prize’s “indigenous ingenuity” theme was inspired by the 2012 Theory winner Kenneth Frampton‘s theory of Critical Regionalism, with the prize asking ”how can inventive and directly comprehensible architecture satisfy human needs in an appealing way?”

More on the winners after the break

Kenneth Frampton wins 2012 Schelling Architecture Theory Prize

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British-American architect and historian Kenneth Frampton has been confirmed as this year’s winner of the Theory Prize of the Schelling Architecture Foundation. The jury is honoring Frampton for his “fundamental studies on tectonics and the architectonic large-scale form as predominant elements of urban landscapes. His theoretical range encompasses a vastness that no other prominent thinker in architecture has yet achieved. In addition, he will be honored for his accurate studies in which he has been analyzing current construction processes as well as the history of modern architecture since the early 19th century”.

As the winner of the 2012 Theory Prize, Frampton will now participate as a jury member in the selection of the Schelling Architecture Prize winner. Given that of the ten winners of the Schelling architecture prize four of them have already won the Pritzker Prize – most recently Wang Shu and – the nomination for the Schelling Architecture Prize is in itself a distinction.

The three nominated practices for the €20,000 Schelling Architecture Prize are:

Wang Shu + Lu Wenyu to Win the Schelling Architecture Prize

Xiangshan Campus / © David Brown
The Schelling Architecture Foundation has recently named the winners of their Prize for Architecture and their Architectural Theory Prize. The award was bestowed upon Chinese architects Wang Shu & of Amateur Architecture Studio (for architecture) and the French architect Jean‐Louis Cohen (for architectural theory. We’ll bring you more details on their projects throughout the upcoming week, but first take a quick look at some of their buildings after the break.