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Irish Women Receive the 2020 Pritzker Architecture Prize

Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara were awarded the 2020 Pritzker Prize. It is the first time that two female architects receive this prestigious prize. They make the 2nd and 3rd Pritzker awardees to have been graduated from UCD – University College Dublin, Ireland.

Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, the 2020 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureates

The Pritzker Architecture Prize is awarded annually to honor a living architect or architects whose built work demonstrates a combination of those qualities of talent, vision, and commitment, which has produced consistent and significant contributions to humanity and the built environment through the art of architecture.

Universita Luigi Bocconi, 2008, Milan, Italy

The pair established Grafton Architects in 1978 in Dublin, where they continue to practice and reside. In just over forty years, they have completed nearly as many projects, located in Ireland, the United Kingdom, France, Italy and Peru.

Offices for the Department of Finance, 2009, Dublin, Ireland

Farrell and McNamara have designed and built several schools and architectural works for institutions and universities. They have won many international competitions and awards.

University Campus UTEC Lima, 2015, Lima, Peru

Their buildings consistently remain purposefully rich, yet modest, enhancing cities and lending to sustainability while responding to local needs.

Offices for the Department of Finance, 2009, Dublin, Ireland

As architects and educators since the 1970s, Farrell and McNamara create spaces that are at once respectful and new, honoring history while demonstrating a mastery of the urban environment and craft of construction. Balancing strength and delicacy, and upholding a reverence of site specific contexts, their academic, civic and cultural institutions, as well as housing developments, result in modern and impactful works that never repeat or imitate, but are decidedly of their own architectural voice.

Solstice Arts Centre, 2007, Navan, Co. Meath,Ireland

Their approach to architecture is always honest, revealing an understanding of the processes of design and construction from large scale structures to the smallest details.

UL President’s House, 2010, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland

The architects are continuously conscious of the dialogue between the internal and external, evidenced by the mingling of public and private spaces, and the meaningful selection and integrity of materials.

For their integrity in their approach to both their buildings, as well as the way they conduct their practice, their belief in collaboration, their generosity towards their colleagues, especially as evidenced in such events as the 2018 Venice Biennale, their unceasing commitment to excellence in architecture, their responsible attitude toward the environment, their ability to be cosmopolitan while embracing the uniqueness of each place in which they work, for all these reasons and more, Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara are awarded the 2020 Pritzker Architecture Prize.

Pritzker Architecture Prize, Jury Citation

Spanish Architects Receive Pritzker Prize 2017

 

Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem and Ramon Vilalta (RCR Arquitectes) were awarded the 2017 Pritzker Prize. It is the 2nd time that this prestigious prize goes to a Spanish Architect (Rafael Moneo was the 1996 winner).

Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem & Ramón Vilalta (RCR Arquitectes), the 2017 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureates

The Pritzker Architecture Prize is awarded annually to honor a living architect or architects whose built work demonstrates a combination of those qualities of talent, vision, and commitment, which has produced consistent and significant contributions to humanity and the built environment through the art of architecture.

 

Bell–Lloc Winery, 2007, Palamós, Girona, Spain

 

The three architects have worked closely together for almost 30 years in a deliberate and thoughtful approach to architecture. 

 

Bell–Lloc Winery, 2007, Palamós, Girona, Spain

 

What sets them apart is their approach that creates buildings and places that are both local and universal at the same time.

 

Lake Pavilion, 2001, Llagostera, Girona, Spain

 

Based in Olot, Catalonia, Spain, they have developed a process in which neither a part nor whole of a project can be attributed to one partner, it is a true collaboration. Their creative approach is a constant intermingling of ideas and continuous dialogue.

 

La Lira Theater Public Open Space, 2011, Ripoll, Girona, Spain In collaboration with J. Puigcorbé

 

Each building designed by these architects is special and is uncompromisingly of its time and place.

 

Les Cols Restaurant Marquee 2011 Olot, Girona, Spain

 

Their works are always the fruit of true collaboration and at the service of the community. They understand that architecture and its surroundings are intimately intertwined and know that the choice of materials and the craft of building are powerful tools for creating lasting and meaningful spaces.

 

Sant Antoni – Joan Oliver Library, Senior Citizens Center and Cándida Pérez Gardens, 2007, Barcelona, Spain

 

The Catalonian trio has an extraordinary ability to express the local, but also the universal, uniting us with one another through architecture.

 

Shadow Space Lotus Blau, 2005-2007, Santa Colona de Farners, Girona, Spain

 

The architects have also tackled important works outside their home in Catalonia. They have built in Belgium and France. The Soulages Museum (2014) in Rodez, France, for example, houses the works of the abstract painter Pierre Soulages and forms a symbiosis with the artist, who seems to paint with light. This building of steel and strong geometric shapes cantilevers over the site, seeming to defy gravity and like many of their other works is in dialogue with the landscape. The architects have sought to createa space that is as close to nature as possible, enhancing our sense that we are part of it.

 

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Soulages Museum, 2014, Rodez, France In collaboration with G. Trégouët

 

The architects have built the museum almost entirely of coarse steel plate, inside and out, a material that they have worked with extensively, as in their Les Cols Restaurant in Olot. The Cor-Ten for the exterior is burnt in appearance, creating a mottled, painterly effect and echoing some of the battered, acid-etched plates for Soulages engravings.

 

 

The 2017 Pritzker Prize Jury Citation states, in part:
we live in a globalized world where we must rely on international influences, trade, discussion, transactions, etc. But more and more people fear that because of this international influence we will lose our local values, our local art, and our local customs Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem and Ramon Vilalta tell us that it may be possible to have both. They help us to see, in a most beautiful and poetic way, that the answer to the question is not “either/or” and that we can, at least in architecture, aspire to have both; our roots firmly in place and our arms outstretched to the rest of the world.

Chilean Architect Alejandro Aravena Receives the 2016 Pritzker Architecture Prize

 

“Our plan is not to have a plan, face the uncertain, be open to the unexpected.” – Alejandro Aravena.

 

Alejandro Aravena, a 48-year-old architect based in Santiago, Chile is the 2016 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate.

 

Aravena has won some of the most prestigious architecture prizes in the world. This time he takes home the prestigious Pritzker Prize.

Alejandro Aravena, the 2016 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate

Alejandro Aravena, the 2016 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate

 

Since 2001, Aravena has been executive director of the Santiago-based ELEMENTAL, a “Do Tank,” as opposed to a think tank, whose partners are Gonzalo Arteaga, Juan Cerda, Victor Oddó, and Diego Torres.

Quinta Monroy Housing, 2004, Iquique, Chile

Quinta Monroy Housing, 2004, Iquique, Chile

 

ELEMENTAL has designed more than 2,500 units of low-cost social housing. Aravena’s social housing projects combine innovative architectural design with a social framework that encourages personal investment on the part of the inhabitants. It is a design that leaves space for the residents to complete their houses themselves and thus raise themselves up to a middle-class standard of living.

Monterrey Housing, 2010, Monterrey, Mexico

Monterrey Housing, 2010, Monterrey, Mexico

 

Aravena didn’t always have this faith. Shortly after graduating in the early 1990s, following a succession of “shitty clients … restaurants, bars, shops”, he got so disillusioned that he quit architecture and opened a bar. “I lived by night, waking up at 5pm and going to bed at 10am,” he says. When he eventually decided to resume his career, he got lucky. A sculptor asked him to design her house, and this was when he learned the lesson that perhaps makes him so intolerant of what’s on offer at the biennale. “I wanted to have that kind of freedom,” he recalls, “so I said, ‘Don’t pay me, but allow me to do whatever I want.’ I think I was rigorous enough, but it was still a completely stupid thing.”

 

Sculpor's House, Santiago, Chile

Sculpor’s House, Santiago, Chile

 

“He understands materials and construction, but also the importance of poetry and the power of architecture to communicate on many levels.”, 2016 Pritzker Architecture Prize Jury.

Siamese Towers, 2005, San Joaquín Campus, Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, Chile

Siamese Towers, 2005, San Joaquín Campus, Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, Chile

 

The 2016 Pritzker Architecture Prize Jury Citation states in part, “Alejandro Aravena has delivered works of architectural excellence in the fields of private, public and educational commissions both in his home country and abroad…. He has undertaken projects of different scales from single-family houses to large institutional buildings….

Writer’s Cabin, 2015, Jan Michalski Foundation, Montricher, Switzerland

Writer’s Cabin, 2015, Jan Michalski Foundation, Montricher, Switzerland

 

The thinking behind the ELEMENTAL project to improve social housing is based in 2 principles:

  1. For poor people, location is even more important than is usually the case.  The key question is – “Where is social housing located.”
  2. A house should gain in value.  Social housing should be an investment, not a social expense.

Villa Verde Housing, 2013, Constitución, Chile

Villa Verde Housing, 2013, Constitución, Chile

 

Aravena’s work reminds us that architecture is not just a cultural act but a social one.

You can watch Aravena’s TED talk – My architectural philosophy? Bring the community into the process – here:

 



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