20 prominent women in architecture have been shortlisted for the arcVision Prize - a prize that "aims to give recognition to women whose work brings an innovative new design, theoretical or practical approach to the economic, social and cultural issues at play in the field of architecture." Referred to some as the "Pritzker for women," the yearly arcVision Prize is now in its fourth edition.
The full list of nominees includes:
- Basma Uraiqat Abdallah (Jordan)
- Ruth Berktold (Germany)
- Tania Concko (Netherlands)
- Sara de Giles Dubois (Spain)
- Dalila Elkerdany (Egypt)
- Petra Gipp (Sweden)
- Pat Hanson (Canada)
- Mao Harada (Japan)
- Amanda Levete (Great Britain)
- Mikou Studio - Salwa Mikou / Selma Mikou (France)
- Abha Narain Lambah (India)
- Plasma Studio - Eva Castro / Ulla Hell (UK / China / Italy)
- Jennifer Siegal (Usa)
- Sketch - Maria Menezes / Diana Nunes (Mozambique)
- Sparch Architects - Rena Sakellaridou / Morpho Papanikolaou (Greece)
- Twitee Vajrabhaya Teparkum (Thailand)
- Elisa Valero Ramos (Spain)
- Špela Videcnik (Slovenia / France)
- Marion Weiss (USA)
- Cazú Zegers (Chile)
"In selecting its nominees, the prize tends to favor architects operating in particularly difficult conditions, both in terms of the specific location and context of the work and the wider conditions affecting the area. The result is an accurate snapshot of contemporary female architecture, with past editions being won by Carla Juaçaba (Brazil, 2013), Ines Lobo (Portugal, 2014) and Angela Deuber (Switzerland, 2015)," said the prize's organizer Italcementi Group.
"The 2016 edition of the arcVision Prize will reach its climax in a brand-new location: during the Triennale di Milano’s XXI International Exhibition, which is returning to the city for the first time in 20 years, the arcVision Prize awards ceremony – usually held at Italcementi i.lab in Bergamo –will in fact take place at the Triennale Milano’s Teatro dell’Arte on 7 April."
The Jury this year includes: Shaikha Al Maskari (member of the board of the Arab International Women’s Forum-AIWF), Vera Baboun (Mayor of Bethlehem), Odile Decq (owner of the Odile Decq architecture firm), Yvonne Farrell (co-founder of Grafton Architects), Daniela Hamaui (journalist), Louisa Hutton (co-founder of the Sauerbruch Hutton architectural practice), Suhasini Mani Ratnam (an Indian actress, producer and writer), Samia Nkrumah (President of the Kwame Nkrumah Pan-African Center), Benedetta Tagliabue (owner of the Miralles Tagliabue EMBT architectural firm), Martha Thorne (Director of the Pritzker Prize).