Kazuyo Sejima and Phyllis Lambert awarded 2023 Jane Drew and Ada Louise Huxtable Prizes

Phyllis Lambert, architect and founder of the Canadian Centre for Architecture, and SANAA co-founder Kazuyo Sejima, have been named this year’s recipients of the Jane Drew and Ada Louise Huxtable Prizes.

Presented by
The Architectural Review and The Architects’ Journal, the annual award honors female architectural designers who have “demonstrated a design excellence and made a significant contribution to architectural production” as part of the W Awards program.

Kazuyo Sejima has been awarded the Jane Drew Prize for Architecture 2023, which recognizes an architectural designer who has raised the profile of women in architecture through their work and commitment to design excellence.

Sejima is a co-founder of SANAA, which she established with Ryue Nishizawa in 1995 in Tokyo, having started her career in the office of Toyo Ito and founding her own office Kazuyo Sejima & Associates in 1987.

Buildings by Kazuyo Sejima and her practice SANAA include the Louvre-Lens, completed in 2012, and practice’s first project in Australia, the Sydney Modern. which opened at the end of last year and is the practice’s first project in Australia.

“Beyond the formal, structural and material experimentation of her work, Sejima is one of too few female architects to have established themselves on the international stage,” says Manon Mollard, Editor of The Architectural Review. “Her courage, tenacity and success are critical reminders that it is possible.”

Canadian architect, critic and conservation activist Phyllis Lambert received the Ada Louise Huxtable Prize for Contribution to Architecture 2023, which “recognizes individuals working in the wider architectural industry who have made a significant contribution to architecture and the built environment.”

In the 1950s, Lambert commissioned and worked with Mies van der Rohe to design the Seagram Building, and founded the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) in 1979.

Lambert’s latest book, Observation Is a Constant That Underlies All Approaches, launched in January, and she is currently working on her next book, How Does Your City Grow, which will be published later this year.

Lambert and Sejima will be honored at the W Awards lunch held at the Battersea Arts Center in London on March 3, 2023.