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Amanda Levete becomes first Brit to make arcVision award shortlist

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Amanda Levete has been shortlisted for the 2016 arcVision Prize for Women and Architecture 

AL_A founder Levete is the first British architect to be nominated for the international research and architecture prize and is up against 20 other female architects. 

The full shortlist

  • Basma Uraiqat Abdallah (Jordan)
  • Ruth Berktold (Germany)
  • Tania Concko (Netherlands)
  • Sara de Giles Dubois (Spain)
  • Dalila Elkerdany (Egypt)
  • Petra Gipp (Sweden)
  • Pat Hanson (Canada)
  • Mao Harada (Japan)
  • Amanda Levete (Great Britain)
  • Mikou Studio - Salwa Mikou / Selma Mikou (France)
  • Abha Narain Lambah (India)
  • Plasma Studio - Eva Castro / Ulla Hell (UK / China / Italy)
  • Jennifer Siegal (USA)
  • Sketch - Maria Menezes / Diana Nunes (Mozambique)
  • Sparch Architects - Rena Sakellaridou / Morpho Papanikolaou (Greece)
  • Twitee Vajrabhaya Teparkum (Thailand)
  • Elisa Valero Ramos (Spain)
  • Špela Videcnik (Slovenia / France)
  • Marion Weiss (USA)
  • Cazú Zegers (Chile)

Of Levete’s work the jury said: ’Active for years within the Future Systems studio and independently since 2009, Amanda Levete inherits the culture of avant garde construction, with the belief that every architectural project should be represent a form of innovation. Her professional experience with AL_A studio led to major achievements and gained her international visibility.

’Perhaps the most noteworthy of these is the expansion of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, which included a new gallery for temporary exhibitions, a courtyard for public use, and a new museum entrance. The underground project embodies the attention Amanda Levete pays to the theme of facades, and in particular to the “fifth facade,” the roof.’

Launched by Italy’s Italcementi Group in 2013 as a ‘Pritzker for women’, the arcVision Prize aims to give recognition to women around the world whose ‘work brings an innovative new design, theoretical or practical approach to the economic, social and cultural issues at play in the field of architecture’.

The jury for the international prize includes Pritzker RPize director Martha Thorne, 2016 and 2015 Jane Drew Prize winners Odile Decq and Yvonne Farrell and architects Louisa Hutton and Benedetta Tagliabue.

Previous recipients have included Carla Juaçaba (Brazil, 2013), Ines Lobo (Portugal, 2014) and Angela Deuber (Switzerland, 2015).

The winner will be revealed at the Triennale di Milano Museum on 7 April.

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