Every two years, Archiprix International invites all 1,600 university level courses in the field of architecture, urban planning and landscape architecture to select their best graduation projects and submit them for participation. Out of the 351 projects presented in Archiprix 2015, 21 were selected as nominees to the Hunter Douglas Awards, which will be presented in a book published by NAi010.
This publication displays a representative selection of the projects submitted, including the nominees and winners chosen by an independent jury, and the favourites chosen by the participants themselves, supplemented by a representative selection that offers a picture of the range of designs and the graphical distribution across all continents. In addition, the book contains the personal data of the projects’ designers.
The book costs 29.50€ and can be purchased online.
For the 2015 edition Archiprix International received a record number of 351 projects from 87 countries. The jury comprised Eduardo Arroyo, architect, urban designer, and critic with his own office NO.MAD based in Madrid (Spain); Luis Fernández-Galiano, architect and editor of Architectura Viva, Spain’s leading architecture magazine’; Anupama Kundoo, architect with her own practice in Auroville (India) since 1990; Zhenyu Li, dean of the College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Tongji University (Shanghai, China); and French landscape architect Catherine Mosbach, co-founder of the magazine Pages Paysages and with her own office Mosbach Paysagistes based in Paris (France). The jury reviewed all submitted entries at the ETSAM | UPM – Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, the co-organizer of the eighth edition of Archiprix International. The jury nominated 21 projects for the Hunter Douglas Awards and selected 7 winners out of these nominees.
The jury noticed that the issues many graduation projects testify to great political and social awareness on the part of the designers, and to environmental concerns. ‘They don’t only want to be good architects, but good citizens as well.’ The projects also showed great awareness of the technology that is currently available to realize the proposed designs. When selecting the winning projects, the jury looked for projects that reflect the very individual and personal language of the designers, expressing themselves in a truly clear voice to the world. The winners received an award object and prize money.
Winners of the Hunter Douglas Awards 2015
Archipelago Lab > Pedro Pitarch Alonso
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura, Madrid Spain
Architecture and Extreme Environment > Adriana Debnárová
Vysoka skola vytvarnych umeni, Academy of Fine arts and Design, Department of Architecture, Bratislava Slovakia
Architecture of the Synthetic the Spectacular and Belligerent > Frances Cooper
University of Auckland, School of Architecture and Planning, Auckland New Zealand
COOP > Santiago Benenati, Javier Tellechea
Universidad de la Republica – Uruguay, Facultad de Arquitectura, Montevideo Uruguay
Diary of an architect > Verónica Francés Tortosa
Universidad de Alicante, Escuela Politécnica Superior, Alicante Spain
Recording and Projecting Architecture > Filippo Doria
Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Architecture, Delft Netherlands
Red Meat > José María Martín Padrón, Ana Caracuel Urbano
Universidad Europea de Madrid, Escuela Superior de Arte y Arquitectura, Madrid Spain