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Alvar Aalto Medal: The Latest Architecture and News

Zhang Ke Awarded 2017 Alvar Aalto Medal

08:00 - 12 September, 2017
Zhang Ke Awarded 2017 Alvar Aalto Medal, Beijing Micro Yuan’er (2014). Image © ZAO/standardarchitecture
Beijing Micro Yuan’er (2014). Image © ZAO/standardarchitecture

Chinese architect Zhang Ke, the founder of the firm standardarchitecture, has been awarded the 2017 Alvar Aalto Medal. Presented by the Museum of Finnish Architecture, the Finnish Association of Architects SAFA, the Architectural Society, the Alvar Aalto Foundation and the City of Helsinki, the medal recognizes an architect who, in the words of the Museum of Finnish Architecture, is "exceptionally accomplished in the field of creative architecture and has carried on Aalto’s legacy of sustainable, humane design."

Spanish Firm Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos Awarded 2015 Alvar Aalto Medal

00:00 - 3 February, 2015
Spanish Firm Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos Awarded 2015 Alvar Aalto Medal , Contemporary Arts Center Córdoba / Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos. Image © Roland Halbe
Contemporary Arts Center Córdoba / Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos. Image © Roland Halbe

Spanish firm Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos has been selected to receive the 2015 Alvar Aalto Medal. Awarded every three years, the Alvar Aalto Medal recognizes an office or architect “with outstanding merit in creative architecture.” Nieto Sobejano and its founders – Fuensanta Nieto and Enrique Sobejano—were commended by the jury for their profound understanding of the local cultures where they work.

“Nieto and Sobejano were key names in the new wave of Spanish architecture, which emerged in the late 1970s. The roots of their architecture lie in Spain, and its multi-layered history and culture,” the jury wrote. “Their works speak a silent language, proving that the precondition of meaningful architecture is an in-depth understanding of local culture and the context of the design brief.”