Amanda Levete Wins 2018 Jane Drew Prize for Women in Architecture

Amanda Levete Wins 2018 Jane Drew Prize for Women in Architecture

British architect Amanda Levete has been selected as the recipient of the 2018 Jane Drew Prize, recognizing “an architectural designer who, through their work and commitment to design excellence, has raised the profile of women in architecture.”

Founder of London-based practice AL_A, Levete rose to promise as one half of Stirling Prize-winning practice Future Systems, which she ran with then-husband Jan Kaplický. Together, they completed paradigm-shifting and critically acclaimed works such as the Birmingham Selfridges and the Lord’s Media Centre, winner of the 1999 RIBA Stirling Prize.

Levete left Future Systems to form AL_A in 2009, where she found continued success designing cultural venues with bold materiality. Some of the firm’s best known works include the Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT) in Lisbon, the Central Embassy Shopping Center in Bangkok, the 2015 MPavilion in Melbourne, and the recently-opened addition to the V&A museum in London.

© wikimedia user Seriousarchfan. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0. ImageAmanda Levete

On Levete’s selection, Paul Finch, editorial director of the AJ and the Architectural Review commented: “Amanda Levete is an architect whose career has been notable at several points, but whose independent practice has blossomed internationally, and whose independent voice has generated welcome debate and reform.”

First awarded in 1998 (and annually since 2012), the Jane Drew prize is now co-organized by The Architectural Review and The Architects’ Journal as part of their Women in Architecture Awards series.

© Flickr user leiris202. Licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0. ImageMadelon Vriesendorp's cover for Delirious New York (1978)

Additionally, OMA co-founder and artist Madelon Vriesendorp has been selected as the recipient of the 2018 Ada Louise Huxtable Prize for “individuals working in the wider architectural industry who have made a significant contribution to architecture and the built environment.”

Vriesendorp is best known for her early work founding the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) with Rem Koolhaas and Elia and Zoe Zenghelis in 1972, before leaving architecture to pursue painting, illustration and exhibition and costume design. Her illustrations were featured in Rem Koolhaas’s canonical book Delirious New York, including the original cover image depicting an anthropomorphized Empire State Building and Chrysler Building laying together in bed.

Paul Finch commented: ‘Madelon Vriesendorp is a rarity: a true artist who has a deep understanding of architecture and its protocols, and whose observant and witty work has provided a thoughtful visual counterpoint to the world of bricks and mortar.’

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Cite: Patrick Lynch. "Amanda Levete Wins 2018 Jane Drew Prize for Women in Architecture" 01 Feb 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

AL_A's MAAT museum in Lisbon. Image © Francisco Nogueira

2018年最值得关注的女建筑师:AL_A 创始人 Amanda Levete 赢得简·德鲁奖

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