European Prize for Architecture

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European Prize for Architecture
First awarded 2010
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The European Prize for Architecture is an architecture prize awarded annually by the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture. It was established by Christian Narkiewicz-Laine, the Finnish-Lithuanian-American architect, design critic, artist, poet, and museum chief of The Chicago Athenaeum.[1]

“The Prize, according to Narkiewicz-Laine, “was established to continue and celebrate Europe’s ongoing contribution to world history and culture and to encourage our present generation of practitioners to embrace the true art of architecture together with its humanistic and social pursuits in order to make our European cities and nations true centers of advanced culture and civilization." “Throughout the centuries, Mr. Narkiewicz-Laine adds, “Europe has given the world its most important practitioners from Phidias, Vitriuvius, Michelangelo, da Vinci, and Palladio to the early modern masters, Le Corbusier, Alvar Aalto, Walter Gropius, and Eliel and Eero Saarinen. Those architects have developed numerous philosophies and visionary approaches to building, engineering, and planning that have grown from the need to invent or express a time and place in Europe’s rich history. Classicism, Byzantine, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Beaux-Arts, Constructivism, Art Deco, DeStijl, and Modernism have all resulted as an expression of clearly stated European values and ideals and have given form and shape to the most famous cities in the world.” .[2][3]


Year Recipient Country
2010 Bjarke Ingels  Denmark
2011 Graft architects  Germany
2012 TYIN Tegnestue  Norway
2013 Marco Casagrande  Finland
2014 Alessandro Mendini  Italy [4]
2015 Santiago Calatrava  Spain
2016 Laboratory for Visionary Architecture  Germany
2017 Manuelle Gautrand  France

Host Cities[edit]

Each year's results are announced during a ceremony that is hosted in a different European or South or North American city each time. So far, the European Prize for Architecture ceremonies (and accompanying events) have been hosted by:

Year City Country
2010 Madrid  Spain
2011 Buenos Aires  Argentina
2012 Istanbul  Turkey
2013 Buenos Aires  Argentina
2014 Milan  Italy
2015 New York City  United States

Related links[edit]

1. The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies 3. Good Design

See also[edit]

List of architecture prizes


External links[edit]

Official website