The American Academy of Arts and Letters recently announced the recipients of its 2013 architecture awards. Beginning in 1955 with the inauguration of the annual Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize in Architecture, this is awarded to a preeminent architect from any country who has made a significant contribution to architecture as an art. In 1991, the Academy began giving Arts and Letters Awards (formerly called Academy Awards) to honor American architects whose work is characterized by a strong personal direction. An additional award category was created in 2003 to honor an American from any field who has contributed to ideas in architecture through any medium of expression. Information on the winners after the break.
Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize in Architecture: Alberto Campo Baeza
The $5,000 prize recognizes an architect of any nationality who has made a significant contribution to architecture as an art.
Arts and Letters Awards in Architecture: Barry Bergdoll & Sanford Kwinter
The $7,500 prize each recognizes Americans who explore ideas in architecture through any medium of expression.
The winners were chosen from a group of 32 individuals and practices nominated by the members of the Academy. The members of this year’s selection committee were: Henry N. Cobb, Elizabeth Diller, Peter Eisenman, Kenneth Frampton, Hugh Hardy, Steven Holl, Richard Meier (Chairman), Cesar Pelli, James Polshek, Robert A. M. Stern, Billie Tsien, and Tod Williams. All five awards will be presented in New York City in May at the Academy’s annual Ceremonial. Work by the winners will be featured in the upcoming exhibition on view in the Academy’s galleries on Audubon Terrace.
Work by the winners will be featured in the upcoming Exhibition of Work by Newly Elected Members and Recipients of Honors and Awards, which will be on view in the Academy’s galleries on Audubon Terrace. More details can be found here.
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