May 8, 2006
by Canadian Architect
The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and Metropolitan Arts Press Ltd. announced 33 new distinguished buildings and urban planning projects selected this year in the Museum’s prestigious International Architecture Awards program for 2006. The program was launched by the Museum in 2005 as a way in which to honour and celebrate the most outstanding architecture designed and built throughout the world.
For the International Architecture Awards 2006, the Museum received hundreds of submissions from the best and most renowned design firms in Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and the Americas. The submissions ranged from new corporate headquarters, skyscrapers, institutions, sports and transportation facilities, airports, urban planning projects, sacred spaces, and private residences and multi-family housing designed by architects in their countries of origin or abroad for both built and unbuilt projects alike, as of January 1, 2002. The Awards program was open to all international architecture offices and US firms with projects outside the United States.
Of the 33 winning projects, Austria and Japan tied with five projects each. The People’s Republic of China, Ireland and Singapore had four each. Projects for corporate headquarters, churches, office buildings, art museums, health centres, libraries, cemeteries and stadiums in Germany, Italy, South Africa, United Kingdom, Slovenia, Canada, Malaysia, Finland, Austria and the United States were selected. The Canadian winner was the Centennial HP Science and Technology Centre in Toronto designed by Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects
This year’s jury for the awards took place during the Salone di Mobile in Milan in April 2006 by noted Italian architectural practitioners and architecture journalists serving as jury members including:
*Maurizio Carones, Editor of AI, Architelli Lambardi, and Maurizio Carones Architetto, Milan, Italy
*Cinzia Naguissola d’Altoe, Architect, Milan, Italy
*Luca Scachetti, Studio di Architettura, Milan, Italy
*Mario Giulia Zunino, Editor, Abitare, Milan, Italy
The awarded projects for 2006 and other selected works will form an exhibition New World Architecture to open at the Royal Institute of Irish Architects in Dublin in December 2006. Also shown will be the winning projects selected from the Museum’s annual American Architecture Awards for 2006, which recognizes the best new building design in the United States.