Pakistan’s first female architect, Yasmeen Lari, and Princeton University’s Beatriz Colomina have been awarded the top honors at this year’s W Awards. Formerly known as the Women in Architecture Awards, the program is now in its eighth year and celebrates women who’ve impacted the industry beyond just where they work. The Architectural Review and Architects’ Journal, AN’s counterparts in the U.K., helped select Lari and Colomina as the recipients of the 2020 Jane Drew Prize for Architecture and the Ada Louise Huxtable Prize for Contribution to Architecture, respectively. Born in 1941, Lari studied design at the Oxford School of Architecture prior to moving back to Pakistan and starting her own firm, Lari Associates, in Karachi. Her most famous works include the Taj Mahal Hotel, the Finance and Trade Center, and the Pakistan State Oil House. Though she retired from the field 20 years ago, Lari has continued to take on humanitarian and historical conservation projects throughout her native country. On Lari’s five decades of work, The Architectural Review editor Manon Mollard said: “From landmark buildings in Karachi to crisis shelters and community centres made of earth and bamboo, Yasmeen Lari’s work has shown that grand schemes are not the only way to make an impact—that architecture that uplifts, provides dignity to the marginalized, can make real and meaningful change.” Colomina, an architecture historian and theorist, began teaching in her native country of Spain after graduating from the Universidad Politécnica de Barcelona. Now a globally-celebrated educator, she’s best-known for starting Princeton University’s Program in Media and Modernity as well as for serving as a long-time professor and director of Graduate Studies in the architecture school. She’s also the author of multiple books including, X-Ray Architecture, Manifesto Architecture: The Ghost of Mies, Are We Human? Notes on an Archeology of Design (based on the 2016 Istanbul Design Biennale), and Privacy and Publicity. “Beatriz Colomina’s rich and rigorous career has shaped the way we think about architecture, right back to Sexuality & Space—still a much-needed text in architectural education,” said Mollard. “Her writing, her curation, and her teaching have been part of the backbone of architectural theory for many years, and will continue to inspire in years to come.” Last year’s winners of the Jane Drew and Ada Louise Huxtable prizes included Liz Diller and Swiss photographer Hélène Binet, respectively, while Sheila O'Donnell was named Architect of the Year. This year’s winners of The Moira Gemmill Prize for Emerging Architecture and the MJ Long Prize for Excellence in Practice will be announced following a series of presentations in March from eight shortlisted women.
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The Architects’ Journal and The Architectural Review have begun ramping up towards their 2019 Women in Architecture awards, releasing their Architect of the Year and Moira Gemmill Prize shortlists. Elizabeth Diller of Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R) took home the 2019 Jane Drew Prize, a career recognition of architects who have raised the profile of women in the profession. DS+R’s wide-ranging body of work and the consistently high level of finish and attention to detail in their projects were singled out in particular. “It is a great honor to be awarded the Jane Drew Prize 2019,” said Diller, “and to join such an amazing group of women that came before. I'm very touched.” French-Swiss architectural photographer Hélène Binet, who has contributed to the visual canon for 25 years with her heady photos that capture light, shadow, and materiality in sensitive interplays, was awarded the 2019 Ada Louise Huxtable Prize. The prize recognizes those in architecture-adjacent fields who have contributed to the advancement of the field and built environment. “It is wonderful to be put forward for this award,” said Binet, “and it is an honor to be among such wonderful ladies.” The combined Architect’s Journal and Architectural Review jury also released their shortlists for both the 2019 Architect of the Year award and the Moira Gemmill Prize for Emerging Architecture. For Architect of the Year, the finalists are as follows:
The Moira Gemmill prize, named for the late Moira Gemmill, director of design at the V&A Museum, comes with a $13,000 award. The prize recognizes exemplary contributions of women architects under the age of 45 for their portfolio of completed works. Finalists include:
- Eva Prats, cofounder of Flores & Prats, for Casal Balaguer Cultural Centre in Palma de Mallorca, Spain by Flores & Prats and Duch-Pizà
- Sheila O’Donnell, founding director of O’Donnell + Tuomey, for the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary, by O’Donnell + Tuomey
- Ellen van Loon, partner at OMA, for the Qatar National Library in Doha, by OMA
- Carme Pigem, co-founder of RCR Arquitectes, for De Krook Library in Ghent, Belgium, by RCR Arquitectes and Coussée & Goris Architecten.
The judging panel will convene at the March 1 AJ/AR Women in Architecture Luncheon at the Savoy in London to announce the winners in full.
- Lina Ghotmeh of Lina Ghotmeh Architecture, based in Paris, France
- Irene Pérez of TEd’A Arquitectes, based in Palma de Mallorca, Spain
- Xu Tiantian of DnA, based in Beijing, China
- Jeannette Kuo of Karamuk Kuo, based in Zürich, Switzerland
The Architectural Review and The Architect’s Journal have jointly announced their 2018 Women in Architecture award winners, with Peruvian architect Sandra Barclay taking home the Architect of the Year award, and Paraguayan architect Gloria Cabral receiving the Moira Gemmill Prize for Emerging Architecture. Recognizing exemplary, recently completed projects, the Architect of the Year award for 2018 was given to Barclay for her work on the Paracas Museum in Paracas, Peru, finished in 2016 by Barclay & Crousse Architecture. The squat archaeological museum’s predecessor was destroyed in an earthquake in 2017, and Barclay’s replacement builds upward with rotated spaces, creating a geometry reminiscent of the patterns found in native Paracas textiles. Clad in a red pozzolan cement, the museum seems to fade into the surrounding Paracas Desert while also standing apart from it, blending the form of ancient ruins with new construction. The judges felt the same way, saying, “Aware of the lack of control onsite and limited resources, the architects responded to the lack of context with a design that is both robust and simple, yet powerful, and even its man-made imperfection adds value to the building”. Cabral, a partner at Gabinete de Arquitectura, has won the Moira Gemmill Prize for Emerging Architecture, a $13,700 prize fund created to honor Moira Gemmill, the late director of design at London's Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A). The judges cited Cabral’s innovative use of cheap, ubiquitous local materials to create novel and often-times more efficient forms. Cabral has been something of an up-and-coming name in the architecture world, having been taken under the wing of Peter Zumthor as Rolex’s 2014 cohort of protégés, and later winning a Golden Lion at the 2016 Venice Biennale. According to the Moira Gemmill Prize judges, ‘Beyond her deep understanding of materials and construction, Cabral showed a sensitive appreciation of the life and use of the buildings she designs. Her commitment is extraordinary and her passion is infectious.” More information about the winners and the shortlist for each prize can be found here.
A shocking report today that, after 120 years, British architecture publications Architects' Journal and Architectural Review will go out of print in the next 18 months surprised many in the architecture and publishing worlds. One insider tells AN that, at least for Architectural Review, that is just a rumor: "the situation is messy, but AR will not cease in print for the foreseeable future, for example 12 to 18 months. It is by no means definite that it will go digital unless by popular demand of subscribers, which seems highly unlikely." The fate of Architects' Journal print editions remains to be seen.
First, AJ brought us the architecture of Star Wars. Now, in another brilliant twist, comes the Top 10 video game designs. From Sim City to Marioworld, Second Life to World of Warcraft, we nerds couldn't be happier. Sure, they left out Diablo II and Roller Coaster Tycoon, but who are we to complain about our new favorite architecture pub? After ourselves, of course.
Yesterday, New York real estate blog Curbed picked up a rather nerdy feature in the UK-based Architect's Journal: their top ten list of the most important buildings from Star Wars. In addition to judging each project by aesthetic and programmatic merit, the journal draws parallels between the architecture of that galaxy and that of earth. Notables include the Cloud City of Bespin ("a well-appointed luxury resort... complete with hotels and casinos"), the Bright Tree Village on Endor ("rated BREEAM Excellent, the development—by architect Wicket W Warrick—makes use of locally sourced materials, is carbon neutral, and far exceeds Endor's notoriously strict building regulations"), and Jabba the Hutt's palace on Tatooine ("originally built as a monastery by the B'omarr Monks"). The "run-away winner" however is the second Death Star ("a menacing spherical chunk of Brutalist infrastructure").