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2017 World Architecture Festival Announces Day 1 Award Winners

12:15 - 16 November, 2017
2017 World Architecture Festival Announces Day 1 Award Winners, Courtesy of World Architecture Festival
Courtesy of World Architecture Festival

The World Architecture Festival (WAF) has announced the Day 1 category winners of their 2017 awards slate. Winners selected among 32 categories over the first two days of the conference will then continue on to compete for the title of the World Building of the Year 2017 to be announced on the final day of the event on Friday.

The world’s largest architectural award program, the WAF Awards year saw its biggest year yet, with a total of 924 entries received from projects located in 68 countries across the world. The finalist projects will be selected live at the festival by a Super Jury made up of jury chair Robert Ivy, Chief Executive Officer of the American Institute of Architects; Nathalie de Vries, Director & Co-founder of MVRDV; Ian Ritchie, Founder of Ian Ritchie Architects; and Christoph Ingenhoven, Founder of Ingenhoven Architects.

You can check out the full shortlist here, and see which built and future projects took home awards after the break.

CEMEX Announces Mexico Winners In Their 2017 Building Awards

10:30 - 14 November, 2017
CEMEX Announces Mexico Winners In Their 2017 Building Awards

The CEMEX Building Award recognizes the best projects in Mexico and the rest of the world that use concrete in a creative and innovative way, with a focus on sustainability and social welfare. This year, the award received 545 entries in its Mexican Edition, of which 18 were awarded prizes.

The awards ceremony took place on November 9th in Mexico City, with finalists attending from the Czech Republic, France, the United States, the United Arab Emirates and various countries from South America.

The winners of the Mexico Edition were:

AIA LA Showcases Award Winners After Surge of Submissions

06:00 - 10 November, 2017
AIA LA Showcases Award Winners After Surge of Submissions, Next LA - Honor: West Hollywood Belltower / Tom Wiscombe Architecture, Inc. courtesy of AIA LA
Next LA - Honor: West Hollywood Belltower / Tom Wiscombe Architecture, Inc. courtesy of AIA LA

The American Institute of Architects Los Angeles (AIA|LA) just announced the winners of their 2017 Design Awards honoring Los Angeles based architects and architecture. The ceremony took place Monday, October 30th, at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica, recognizing each of the winners.

Design - Citation: Saddle Peak Residence / Sant Architects © Joe Fletcher Design - Merit: Road to Awe (RtA) / Dan Brunn Architecture © Brandon Shigeta Next LA - Citation: Twin Villa / Patrick TIGHE Architecture & John V Mutlow Architects © Patrick Tighe Architecture Design - Citation: Desert Palisades Guardhouse / Studio AR&D Architects © Lance Gerber + 36

Diller Scofidio + Renfro Named WSJ's 2017 Architectural Innovator of the Year

16:01 - 2 November, 2017
Diller Scofidio + Renfro Named WSJ's 2017 Architectural Innovator of the Year, The Juilliard School, New York City. Image © Iwan Baan
The Juilliard School, New York City. Image © Iwan Baan

The Wall Street Journal has selected New York-based firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro as their 2017 “Architecture Innovator of the Year.”

Led by partners Liz Diller, Ricardo Scofidio, Charles Renfro and Benjamin Gilmartin, over the past decade the firm has quickly grown from a largely conceptual practice focused on installations, performance and unbuilt works to a full-fledged, international office with completed and in-progress projects around the globe.

The American Architecture Prize Announces Winners for 2017

06:00 - 18 October, 2017
Courtesy of The American Architecture Prize
Courtesy of The American Architecture Prize

Three projects have been selected as the winners of The American Architecture Prize (AAP) 2017, which aims to recognize “creativity and innovation in architectural, interior and landscape design.”

An expert Jury judged thousands of entries from 68 countries and winners were selected from 41 categories. The jurors included Peggy Deamer, Professor of Architecture at Yale University; Troy C. Therrien, Curator of Architecture and Digital Initiatives at the Guggenheim Foundation and Museum; Ben Van Berkel, Principal of UNStudio and Professor at Harvard University Graduate School, and many more.

It has been a privilege to receive such exceptional entries competing for the AAP this year. Every submission is outstanding in its own way. All these entries from accomplished architects and architecture firms give us the opportunity to not only promote amazing designs but also to marvel together at the evolution of architecture, interior design and landscape architecture across the globe - AAP President Hossein Farmani.

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Burnham Prize 2017 Winners Announced for 'Under the Dome' Competition

14:00 - 14 October, 2017
Burnham Prize 2017 Winners Announced for 'Under the Dome' Competition, Courtesy of Chicago Architectural Club
Courtesy of Chicago Architectural Club

The Burnham Prize 2017 is a competition hosted by the Chicago Architectural Club (CAC), this year the title was ‘Under the Dome,' requiring participants to rethinking the radial form that has been a part of architecture for centuries.

Participants were asked to develop a speculative proposal for the abandoned St Stephen’s Church on its centennial anniversary, challenged with the task of injecting energy and life back into the desolated ruin. In reaction to the Chicago Architecture Biennale, the historical and typological construct of the dome was to be taken and reconsidered as a contemporary structure with an understanding of the historical context.

Call for Submissions: Europe 40 Under 40, Architecture & Industrial Design

17:25 - 13 October, 2017
Call for Submissions: Europe 40 Under 40, Architecture & Industrial Design

In a bold attempt to identify the next, upcoming generation of European architecture practitioners, The European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies announces the 2018 submission dates for the European-wide Awards Program that identifies, promotes, and exhibits the next generation of European architects under the age of 40.

Welded Steel Wigwam by studio:indigenous Connects Past to Present at Exhibit Columbus

09:30 - 8 October, 2017

In this video, Spirit of Space visits Exhibit Columbus to see Wiikiaami, a parametrically designed structure by studio:indigenous. Beginning in 2016, Exhibit Columbus is an annual event which invites people to travel to the small, but architecturally fascinating Midwestern town of Columbus, Indiana. Free and open to the public through November 26th, Exhibit Columbus displays 18 unique, site-responsive architectural installations.

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2017 Arcaid Awards Reveals Shortlist for World's Best Building Image

11:40 - 2 October, 2017

Arcaid Images has revealed the shortlist of 20 images in the running for the title of World’s Best Building Image in their 2017 Arcaid Images Architectural Photography Awards. The annual award selects photographs in four categories - Exterior, Interior, Sense of Place, and Building in Use - which are judged by an esteemed panel of designers, photographers and journalists based on their atmospheric quality, composition, use of scale and more.

“More than just informing people about the existence of such places, the best photos go beyond that and entice people to learn more about the buildings, cities, and landscapes – maybe even booking a flight to see them firsthand. That feeling hit me on numerous occasions,” said jury member John Hill, Editor of the World-Architects eMagazine.

UnIATA - Unfuse International Architecture Thesis Awards 2018

08:45 - 27 September, 2017
UnIATA - Unfuse International Architecture Thesis Awards 2018, UnIATA - Best Architecture Thesis Ever Created
UnIATA - Best Architecture Thesis Ever Created

UNFUSE serves as a platform to create a global community of architects and designers who are pushing the boundaries of architecture discipline to enrich our built environment. At UNFUSE we promote exceptional works, ideas, experimentations in the field of architecture, landscape, urban Design, society, culture and ecology.

Jeanne Gang Selected as Winner of 2017 Marcus Prize for Architecture

12:00 - 18 September, 2017
Jeanne Gang Selected as Winner of 2017 Marcus Prize for Architecture, Writers Theatre. Image © Steve Hall / Hedrich Blessing
Writers Theatre. Image © Steve Hall / Hedrich Blessing

American architect and MacArthur Fellow Jeanne Gang has been selected as the recipient of the 2017 Marcus Prize.

Awarded every two years by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Architecture and Urban Planning in partnership with the Marcus Corporation Foundation, the $100,000 prize was established to recognize architects from around the globe currently “on a trajectory to greatness.” In addition to the cash prize, the award will support an upcoming design studio at the school led by Gang.

Previous winners of the award include Joshua Prince-Ramus (2015); Sou Fujimoto (2013), Diébédo Francis Kéré (2011); Alejandro Aravena (2009/2010); Frank Barkow, Barkow Leibinger (2007); and Winy Maas, MVRDV (2005).

Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership. Image © Steve Hall / Hedrich Blessing WMS Boathouse at Clark Park. Image © Steve Hall / Hedrich Blessing University of Chicago Campus North Residential Commons. Image © Tom Harris Diner en Blanc Chicago 2014 at Lincoln Park Zoo's Nature Boardwalk. Image © Ronald Leon Hale + 6

Rafael Moneo Selected as 2017 Praemium Imperiale Laureate

11:20 - 12 September, 2017
Rafael Moneo Selected as 2017 Praemium Imperiale Laureate, Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, Los Angeles. © <a href='http://https://www.flickr.com/photos/cwsteeds/5323909741/'>Flickr user cwsteeds</a>. Licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, Los Angeles. © Flickr user cwsteeds. Licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Spanish architect Rafael Moneo has been selected as the winner of the 2017 Praemium Imperiale International Arts Award for Architecture by the Japan Art Association (JAA). Known for his timeless, stately designs, the 1996 Pritzker Prize laureate was lauded by the JAA jury for his design approach which “[ensures] that his buildings blend effortlessly into the city landscape while at the same time respecting the environment and establishing a clear identity and a connection to his creative vision.”

Design Excellence Awards 2017

03:00 - 12 September, 2017
Design Excellence Awards 2017 , Design Excellence Awards 2017 by IDCS
Design Excellence Awards 2017 by IDCS

Organised by the Interior Design Confederation Singapore, the region’s most anticipated interior design competition Design Excellence Awards 2017, is calling for entries till 31 Oct. The Design Excellence Awards sets to recognise the best of interior design in the commercial, residential and public categories in Asia Pacific, endorsing and celebrating the achievements of practitioners and students alike. With DEA, IDCS seeks to champion design excellence, as well as elevate and promote the quality and standards of interior design.

CEMEX Announces the Finalists of the 2017 International Building Awards

12:00 - 6 September, 2017
CEMEX Announces the Finalists of the 2017 International Building Awards

CEMEX has announced the 61 finalist projects from 17 countries in the running for the 2017 International Building Awards.

The International Edition of the CEMEX Building Awards brings together the winning projects from each of the different CEMEX National Building Awards to compete head-to-head. This year, 17 countries launched a call for completed works to participate in one of five categories and four special awards.

Wang Shu and André Aranha Corrêa do Lago Named to 2018 Pritzker Prize Jury

10:35 - 6 September, 2017
Wang Shu and André Aranha Corrêa do Lago Named to 2018 Pritzker Prize Jury, Ningbo Historic Museum / Amateur Architecture Studio. Image © Iwan Baan
Ningbo Historic Museum / Amateur Architecture Studio. Image © Iwan Baan

Architecture’s most prestigious award, the Pritzker Architecture Prize, has announced the appointment of two new jurors to their distinguished jury: architect Wang Shu and Brazilian ambassador and architectural critic André Aranha Corrêa do Lago.

The 8-strong group will be tasked with selecting the upcoming 2018 laureate, who will become the 40th winner in the prize’s history.

“As we approach the 40th anniversary of the Pritzker Prize, the addition of André Corrêa do Lago and Wang Shu continues to embody the international range reflected by both present and past Laureates and Jury,” commented Tom Pritzker, Chairman of Hyatt Foundation. “The contributions of both individuals to the field of architecture, from different vantage points, makes them ideal members of the jury.”

Adjaye, OMA and ZHA Among 13 Shortlisted for 2017 "Design of the Year"

11:25 - 16 August, 2017
Adjaye, OMA and ZHA Among 13 Shortlisted for 2017 "Design of the Year"

The Design Museum in London has announced the shortlist projects in the running for the 2017 edition of their prestigious Beazley Design of the Year award. Now in its tenth year, the award was established to “celebrate design that promotes or delivers change, enables access, extends design practice or captures the spirit of the year.”

This year, a total of 62 projects have been nominated across six categories: Architecture, Digital, Fashion, Graphics, Product and Transport – including 13 projects from the Architecture category. A winner from each category and the overall winner will be announced on January 25, 2018. Previous winners of the architecture category include: IKEA’s Better Shelter last year (also the overall winner), Alejandro Aravena's UC Innovation Center in 2015, and Zaha Hadid Architects’ Heydar Aliyev Center (overall winner in 2014).

See all of the architecture nominees below.

2017 SHN Architecture & Design Awards (Student Competition)

21:30 - 14 August, 2017
2017 SHN Architecture & Design Awards (Student Competition), 2017 SHN Architecture & Design Awards
2017 SHN Architecture & Design Awards

Senior Housing News (SHN) is seeking undergraduate and graduate students to participate in a senior housing architecture and design challenge. This contest gives students an opportunity to create industry-specific work and gain feedback from industry professionals. The senior housing sector faces incredible challenges around housing and caring for elderly individuals worldwide. This program will expose students to the design criteria and thought processes needed in developing housing solutions for this growing population.

2017 Brick in Architecture Award Winners Announced

16:00 - 10 August, 2017
2017 Brick in Architecture Award Winners Announced

The Brick Industry Association (BIA) has announced the winners of the 2017 Brick in Architecture Awards, given to “the country’s most visionary projects incorporating fired-clay brick.” This year, 35 projects from 19 states were selected as winners, with a best in-class project awarded across eight categories: Commercial, Educational (Higher Education), Educational (K-12), Renovation / Restoration, Municipal/Government, Residential (Multifamily), Residential (Single Family) and Paving & Landscape.

“The winners demonstrate brick’s aesthetic flexibility, and its integral role in any sustainable, low maintenance and durable building strategy,” said Ray Leonhard, BIA’s president and CEO.

See the Best and Class winners below.