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International Jury Selects World’s Best Graduation Projects

Eight architectural graduates honored


Hunter Douglas award winners

The Hunter Douglas Award winners at the 2011 Archiprix International, Guggenheim Museum.

NEW YORK -- In front of a packed audience from the global architectural community at the Guggenheim museum in New York, eight young architects accepted their Hunter Douglas Award on June 9 at the close of Archiprix International -- the leading international competition for graduation projects. Biannually, Archiprix International invites all university-level schools to present their top student graduation projects in the fields of architecture, urban design and landscape architecture. This year was the first time in its history that Archiprix International was hosted in the United States. Past Archiprix International events were hosted in Uruguay, China, Scotland, Turkey and the Netherlands. Archiprix began in 1979 in the Netherlands as a show of final graduation projects by Dutch architecture students, and was established to help advance young architects in their work. Since then Archiprix has grown to become an international event.

This year’s competition received more than 300 projects from 70 countries. From the original 300-plus entries, which were on display at MIT, the international jury nominated 24 projects. Eight winners were selected for The Hunter Douglas Awards, to honor the best graduation projects by students in architecture programs from around the world.

Winners List:

·         Amsterdam Alphabet Gijs Adriaansens – Eindhoven University of Technology, Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, Eindhoven the Netherlands

·         A Defensive Architecture Nicholas Adam Szczepaniak - The University of Westminster, School of Architecture and the Built Environment, London England

·         National Apiological Network: An Illustrated History Craig Johnston - University of Strathclyde, Department of Architecture, Glasgow Scotland

·         The New 'Non-Standard' Jonathan Enns - Princeton University, School of Architecture, Princeton United States

·         A Public Bathhouse Ruann van der Westhuizen - University of Pretoria, Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology, Pretoria South Africa

·         Spaces, Poetics and Voids Simone Pizzagalli - Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Architecture, Delft the Netherlands

·         Urban Upholstery Molly Hunker, Mira Henry - University of California, Department of Architecture and Urban Design,Los Angeles United States

·         You are Here Lorenzo Trompetto, Veronica Rusca, Maurizio Pizzocro - Università di Genova, Facoltà di Architettura, Genoa Italy

The jury consisted of: Yung Ho Chang (Atelier FJCZ and former Dean of the Architecture Department of the MIT), Kapil Gupta (Serie Architects), Xiangning (Sean) Li (Tongi University and director of the Museum of Architecture Shanghai), and Ralph Nelson (LOOM).

The winners were honored with Hunter Douglas Awards and in addition, a selection of the participant’s projects will be published in the Archiprix International 2011 book.

Speakers at the June 9 event at the Guggenheim included: Nader Tehrani, professor and head of department, Architectural Design at MIT, Yung Ho Chang, the chair of the international jury; Winka Dubbeldam, principal at Archi-Tectonics; and Aad Kuiper, president and CEO of Hunter Douglas European Operations.

"Hunter Douglas is pleased to support the next generation of architects around the world," says Aad Kuiper, president of Hunter Douglas Europe. "We're also happy to announce that in 2013, the Archiprix International workshops and award ceremony will be held in Moscow, Russia."