There’s a new prize in town: RIBA launches International Prize for the “world’s best new building”

Herzog & de Meuron won the 2015 RIBA Charles Jencks Award, an annual prize named for British architect and critic Charles Jencks that recognizes “major international contributions to the theory and practice of architecture.” Pictured here: the Beijing National Stadium (Courtesy Herzog & de Meuron)

Herzog & de Meuron won the 2015 RIBA Charles Jencks Award, an annual prize named for British architect and critic Charles Jencks that recognizes “major international contributions to the theory and practice of architecture.” Pictured here: the Beijing National Stadium (Courtesy Herzog & de Meuron)

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) announced a new prize at a ceremony in London today. The RIBA International Prize will go to the “world’s best new building.” The selection criteria are broad: the building can be “of any type or budget and in any country, which exemplifies design excellence, architectural ambition and which delivers meaningful social impact.” This is the first RIBA award open to non-RIBA members.

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David Chipperfield chosen for 2016 Rolex Mentor and Protege Arts Initiative

Architecture, Awards, International
Monday, December 7, 2015
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Museo Júmex, designed by Rolex Arts Initiative mentor David Chipperfield, has one of the largest privately held collections of Latin American contemporary art in the world (Courtesy David Chipperfield Architects)

Museo Júmex, designed by Rolex Arts Initiative mentor David Chipperfield, has one of the largest privately held collections of Latin American contemporary art in the world (Courtesy David Chipperfield Architects)

Swiss watchmaker Rolex is looking out for new talent. The Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative pairs accomplished artists and designers across all disciplines with emerging practitioners for a yearlong, one-on-one mentorship. At an awards ceremony on Sunday in Mexico City, David Chipperfield was chosen as the mentor in architecture. The partnership with the as-yet-unchosen protege will begin mid-2016.

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Finally! The 2016 AIA Gold Medal goes to Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown

Architecture, Awards, National, News
Thursday, December 3, 2015
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Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown

Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown.

The AIA has named Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown the winners of the 2016 AIA Gold Medal. The honor, the AIA’s highest, goes to architects whose work is likely to have a lasting influence on the practice of architecture, design, and related fields. Read More

Architect Tadao Ando and artist Elyn Zimmerman win the third annual Isamu Noguchi Award

Awards, East, News
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
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Tadao Ando and Elyn Zimmerman. (Courtesy Kinji Kanno; Timothy Greenfield Sanders)

Tadao Ando and Elyn Zimmerman. (Courtesy Kinji Kanno; Timothy Greenfield Sanders)

The Noguchi Museum has named architect Tadao Ando and artist Elyn Zimmerman recipients of the 2016 Isamu Noguchi Award. The award, given annually since 2014, recognizes practitioners who “share Noguchi’s spirit of innovation, global consciousness, and East-West exchange.”

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MoMA PS1 names five finalists for the 2016 Young Architects Program

COSMO, the 2015 Young Architects Program installation. (CHARLES ROUSSEL / MOMA)

COSMO, the 2015 Young Architects Program installation. (CHARLES ROUSSEL / MOMA)

MoMA has announced five finalists for the 2016 Young Architects Program. The winner will design and build an installation in MoMA PS1’s courtyard during the summer Warm Up performance series. The honor is considered one of the most prestigious platforms for emerging architects in the United States and internationally. Notably, there are no New York architects on the lists this year.

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Santiago Calatrava awarded European Prize for Architecture

Awards, East, International
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
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Calatrava receives the award. (Bill Menking)

Calatrava receives the award. (Bill Menking / AN)

Tuesday night at a ceremony on the 33rd floor of World Trade Center 7, high above his World Trade Center Transportation Hub, Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava was awarded the European Prize for Architecture by the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design and the European Centre for Architecture. Read More

Guy Horton behind the scenes at the 2015 AIA Los Angeles Design Awards

Architecture, Awards, West
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
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Gold Medal recipient Steven Ehrlich speaks to the crowd about the power of collaboration, which he first learned in Africa. (David Lena Photography)

Gold Medal recipient Steven Ehrlich speaks to the crowd about the power of collaboration, which he first learned in Africa.
(David Lena Photography)

Going to the AIA/LA Design Awards is a totally different experience when you’ve been on the jury, as I was this year. For one, you get to see the entire spectrum of the awards program, the behind-the-scenes production and the staging of what seemed like a thousand projects flashing before you in a darkened room. Not only do you have the heavy responsibility of judging all of these, but also you then have to champion and defend the ones that really speak to you. There was a lot of debate and discussion—and even some yelling and throwing of chairs involved. And probably way too much caffeine.

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Public realm champion Carol Ross Barney wins AIA Illinois Gold Medal

Architecture, Awards, Midwest, Urbanism
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
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The facade of the infrastructural building plays with light shadow and color. Feinknopf Photo

The facade of the OSU Campus Central Chiller by Ross Barney Architects plays with light shadow and color. Photo Credit – Feinknopf Photo

The seventh AIA Illinois Gold Medal has been presented to Carol Ross Barney of Ross Barney Architects. Barney’s career spans 40 years of practice in Chicago, in which her firm has taken on civic, social, and cultural projects across the country. Read More

MOS Architects, Michael Graves among winners of the 2015 Cooper Hewitt Design Awards

Awards, Design, East
Friday, October 30, 2015
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THE COOPER HEWITT CAMPUS INCLUDES THE CARNEGIE MANSION AND GARDEN AND ADJACENT TOWNHOUSES. (COURTESY COOPER HEWITT)

THE COOPER HEWITT CAMPUS INCLUDES THE CARNEGIE MANSION AND GARDEN AND ADJACENT TOWNHOUSES. (COURTESY COOPER HEWITT)

The Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum started awarding a yearly Design Award in 2000. The award is a jury-selected process that includes among its ten categories honors for Architecture, Interior Design, Landscape Design, and for Lifetime Achievement that has been won by architects.

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Storefront’s Critical Halloween to explore the idea of “DEMO” at a historic Lower Manhattan firehouse

Architecture, Art, Awards, Design, East, Media
Monday, October 26, 2015
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(Courtesy Storefront)

(Courtesy Storefront)

This October, the Storefront for Art and Architecture will host its annual Critical Halloween party in tandem with its ever-fascinating costume competition. The event will be held at the historic DCTV firehouse and engine bay in Lower Manhattan and will have a “DEMO” theme, with a prize for the best costume.

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Forward Slash (/) Architektur win Performa 15 HUB competition

Architecture, Awards, East
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
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(Courtesy Preforma)

(Courtesy Performa)

Performa, an organization that is committed to live performance in a wide variety of fields, has announced Christoph A. Kumpusch and his office, Forward Slash ( / ) Architektur, as the winner of its first global competition for the design and realization of the Performa Hub.

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Gallaudet University announces four finalist teams to create the “first urban environment for the deaf”

Architecture, Awards, Design, East
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
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Students at the Gallaudet University. (Courtesy Gallaudet University)

Students at the Gallaudet University. (Courtesy Gallaudet University)

Gallaudet University in Washington D.C. is doubling down on design for the deaf. The university has announced four finalists in an international design competition that will add to an ambitious program to build DeafSpace, the “first urban environment for the deaf.”

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