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Rykwert wins 2014 Jean Tschumi Prize

Architecture critic Joseph Rykwert has been awarded the UIA’s 2014 Jean Tschumi Prize

The accolade tops off a year which has seen the 87-year-old architect-turned-critic recognised with the RIBA Gold Medal and awarded a CBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list, while a symposium celebrating his career was held at the V&A.

The judges said: ‘Eminent English architect, historian and critic Joseph Rykwert is one of the most influential theoreticians of his generation.

‘For more than sixty years, his erudition and his innovative scholarship have radically changed the relationship that architects have with the past, their conception of space and their perceptions of buildings and cities.’

The Jean Tschumi Prize recognises architectural teaching, criticism, and history which has contributed to excellence in architectural education.  

Australian architectural critics Haig Beck and Jackie Cooper also received a mention.

The prizes were awarded at this year’s UIA Conference held in Durban, South Africa, last week. Other awards handed out also included the Sir Robert Matthew Prize for public space which went to the Seoul Metropolitan Government and the Vassilis Sgoutas Prize for humanitarian architecture, which was picked up by the Emergency Architects Foundation and Architects Without Borders (Spain).

The awards, which were established in 1961, honour professionals whose qualities, talents, and actions have had an international impact on architectural practice.

The awards

Jean Tschumi Prize: Joseph Rykwert

‘Eminent English architect, historian and critic Joseph Rykwert is one of the most influential theoreticians of his generation. For more than sixty years, his erudition and his innovative scholarship have radically changed the relationship that architects have with the past, their conception of space and their perceptions of buildings and cities.’

Special mention: Haig Beck & Jackie Cooper

Sir Robert Matthew Prize: The Seoul Metropolitan Government

‘The Seoul Metropolitan Government has conducted an exemplary pilot programme to renovate the Yeongdeungpo Dosshouse Town. Cooperation between the city government, architects and the inhabitants of the dosshouses paved the way for efficient implementation of the project and have succeeded in bringing hope, dignity and joy into the neighbourhood.’

Vassilis Sgoutas Prize: The Emergency Architects Foundation and Architects Without Borders (Spain) 

‘By bringing a humanitarian dimension to the practice of architecture, Fondation Architectes de l’Urgence and Arquitectos sin Fronteras (Spain) have opened the door for collective, innovative and exemplary actions in the service of disaster-stricken populations  or in areas of extreme poverty.’

Special mentions:

  • Kunlé Adeyemi 
  • TYIN Tegnestue Architects
  • Carin Smuts
  • Anna Rubbo

AJ Writing Prize

Joseph Rykwert will be judging this year’s AJ Writing Prize. More information on how to enter is available, here.

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