Initiated in 1987 after an agreement between the European Commission and the Barcelona City Hall, the 60.000€ prize is the highest award in European architecture and is awarded biennially to works completed within the previous two years. The principal objectives are to recognise and commend excellence in the field of architecture and to draw attention to the important contribution of European professionals in the development of new ideas and technologies and of the clients who support them.
Objectives of the Prize: Architecture brings a significant contribution to a sustainable European economy and also to European cultural and social life, since it influences to a great extent the way people live, work and spend their leisure time, as well as their quality of life, even if awareness of this is not always high among the public. The aim of the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture is to highlight recent, excellent examples of architectural creativity of works which are less than two years old and to underline that modern architecture is socially and culturally rooted in European cities and is important to people’s everyday lives.
The members who will select the 2015 shortlisted and finalist works by the end of January 2015 will be:
Cino Zucchi, Chair of the Jury (Principle, Cino Zucchi Architetti, Milan)
Margarita Jover (Principle, aldayjover architecture and landscape, Charlottesville and Barcelona)
Lene Tranberg (Principle, Lundgaard & Tranberg, Copenhagen)
Peter L. Wilson (Principle, Bolles + Wilson, Münster)
Li Xiangning (Deputy Dean, College of Architecture & Urban Planning, Tongji University, Shanghai)
Architecture Critic and Representative of the Prize Steering Committee:
Tony Chapman (Head of Awards at RIBA, London)
Upholder of high quality architecture as a Client:
Hansjörg Mölk (CEO MPreis, Völs, Tirol)
Secretary of the Jury (without the right to vote):
Giovanna Carnevali (Director Fundació Mies van der Rohe, Barcelona)
Coordinator of the Prize (without the right to vote):
Ivan Blasi, Architect