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Alberto Pérez-Gómez receives 2021 ACSF Award for Outstanding Achievement

"Architecture, Pérez-Gómez believes, operates as a communicative setting for societies–its beauty and meaning lie in its connection to human health and self-understanding,” says the ACSF.

The Architecture, Culture, and Spirituality Forum (ACSF) has announced that Alberto Pérez-Gómez has won this year’s Award for Outstanding Achievement for his “…extraordinary emotional, spiritual, and perceptual sensibility and sharp intellect.”

The award recognizes, celebrates, and raises public awareness of exceptional work that significantly advances the mission of the ACSF in architecture, landscape architecture, art, design, urbanism, planning, and related fields.

Considered one of today’s most important architectural theoreticians, historians, and critics, Pérez-Gómez’s carefully articulated writing and teaching have influenced countless academics, professionals, and students of architecture and other disciplines, according to the ACSF.

Starting with his paradigm-shifting Architecture and the Crisis of Modern Science (1983), the ACSF says that Pérez-Gómez’s work “articulates hard-to-grasp ideas, values, and experiences in the cause of the immeasurable and the ethical in architecture, addressing difficult topics such as love, the erotic, and justice.”

“His books Built upon Love (2006) and Attunement: Architectural Meaning after the Crisis of Modern Science (2016) are insightful manifestos that call for an architecture that can enhance our human values and capacities. Architecture, Pérez-Gómez believes, operates as a communicative setting for societies–its beauty and meaning lie in its connection to human health and self-understanding,” says the ACSF.

Pérez-Gómez directed the History and Theory of Architecture program at McGill University School of Architecture, where he was the Saidye Rosner Bronfman Professor of History and Theory of Architecture until his retirement in January of 2021. He continues his close connection with ACSF and will participate in the Critical Conversations Project planned for 2021-22 with ACSF and Princeton University’s Center of Theological Inquiry.

To mark the award, Pérez-Gómez will deliver an ACSF virtual lecture via Zoom on June 26th.

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