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Eduardo Souto de Moura named winner of 2019 Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize

United States Architecture News - Apr 19, 2019 - 06:53   5537 views

Eduardo Souto de Moura named winner of 2019 Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize

Portuguese architect Eduardo Souto de Moura has been named as the 2019 Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize by the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Academy's annual award honors over 70 composers, artists, architects, and writers with awards and prizes ranging from $5000 to $100,000. 

Started in 1955, the Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize was the inauguration of the awards and expanded to include four Arts and Letters Awards. 

The Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize is given to an architect of any nationality who has made a significant contribution to architecture as an art, with a $20,000 cash prize. 

This year’s winners were chosen from a group of 33 individuals and practices nominated by the members of the Academy. The jurors were Annabelle Selldorf (chair), Henry N. Cobb, Kenneth Frampton, Steven Holl, Thom Mayne, Laurie Olin, James Polshek, Billie Tsien, and Tod Williams. 

Eduardo Souto de Moura named winner of 2019 Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize

Casa das Histórias Paula Rego, Cascais, Portugal by Eduardo Souto Moura. Image © Francisco Nogueira

Eduardo Souto de Moura’s architecture "feels inevitable," said Annabelle Selldorf, and has "a timeless and profoundly humanist quality." Souto de Moura studied architecture at the School of Fine Arts of the University of Porto, and founded his own practice in 1980.  His work has a “distinct sense of materiality,” Selldorf said, and is known for incorporating classic materials and unexpected uses of color. 

Souto de Moura designed the Serpentine Gallery pavilion in 2005; he received the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2011 and the Wolf Prize in Arts in 2013. His notable works include the Estádio Municipal de Braga in Braga, Portugal (2003), the Burgo Tower in Burgo, Portugal (2007), and the Paula Rego Museum in Cascais, Portugal (2009).

Eduardo Souto de Moura named winner of 2019 Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize

Image clourteys of SCI-Arc

Hernan Diaz Alonso, the director of SCI-Arc and principal of HDA-x creative agency (formerly Xefirotarch), has been awarded for his influence on the future of architecture and Alonso will receive a $10,000 cash prize. The award is given to an American architect whose work is characterized by a strong personal direction.

As director of Sci-Arc, Hernan Diaz Alonso "occupies a pivotal position from which to influence the future of architecture," said Thom Mayne. As principal of Xefirotarch, his work blurs the lines of architecture, animation, and design, exhibiting a “dark and aesthetic edge," Mayne said.

Diaz Alonso is a graduate of the National University of Rosario in Argentina and the Graduate School of Architecture at Columbia University; he founded Xefirotarch in 2001, and became director of SCI-Arc in 2015.  He received the AR+D Award for Emerging Architecture and  a Progressive Architecture Award  in 2013 for his Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Patagonia, Argentina. His work has been featured at the Venice Architecture Biennale, the London Architecture Biennale, and ArchiLab in Orleans, France, among others.

Eduardo Souto de Moura named winner of 2019 Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize

Mario Gooden (image courtesy of LSU College of Art & Design - Louisiana State University), Mabel O. Wilson (image courtesy of blackindesign.org)

Mario Gooden and Mabel O. Wilson, who run the Global Africa Lab at Columbia's GSAPP, has been awarded for advocating for a more just world. The award is given to Americans who explore ideas in architecture through any medium of expression, they will receive a $10,000 cash prize.

Mario Gooden and Mabel O. Wilson are co-directors of the Global Africa Lab at the Graduate School of Architecture at Columbia, which elucidates the nature of the global African diaspora through design, research, and technology.  Gooden is a graduate of Clemson University and the Graduate School of Architecture at Columbia University, and is principal at Huff+Gooden Architects. 

He is the author of Dark Space (2016), a collection of essays exploring the intersection of African-American identity and architecture. Wilson is a graduate of the University of Virginia, the Graduate School of Architecture at Columbia University, and New York University.  Her most recent book is Begin With the Past (2016), which chronicles the complex history of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.  The work of the Lab "reminds us that architecture and design can and should be a participant in the struggle for a just world," Billie Tsien said.

Eduardo Souto de Moura named winner of 2019 Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize

Shadow Play in Phoenix by Höweler + Yoon. Image courtesy of Höweler + Yoon

Eric Höweler and Meejin Yoon of Höweler + Yoon have been awarded for their innovative forms and structures. The award is given to American architects whose work is characterized by a strong personal direction, Höweler and Yoon will receive a $10,000 cash prize. 

Eric Höweler and Meejin Yoon "are extraordinary architects, thinkers, and teachers," Tod Williams said.  They founded their practice, Höweler + Yoon, in 2005; it has grown to produce “some of the most formally innovative and beautifully crafted work today," said Williams.  Höweler is a graduate of Cornell University. Yoon is a graduate of Cornell and Harvard, and was a Fulbright fellow. 

Together they are the authors of Expanded Practice (2009),  MY Studio (2009), Public Works (2008), and Absence (2003). Their work Shadow Play received a 2018 AIA Small Project Award; they received a 2016 American Architecture Prize for both Shadow Play and the Collier Memorial, which Tod Williams described as "a tour de force, integrating innovative structure, form, and meaning."

Eduardo Souto de Moura named winner of 2019 Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize

Anne Rieselbach. Image courtesy of Michigan Taubman College

Anne Rieselbach, the Program Director at the Architectural League of New York, has been awarded for supporting the exploration of new ideas in urban design and architecture. Rieselbach will receive a $10,000 cash prize.

Anne Rieselbach is the Program Director at the Architectural League of New York, where she "has dedicated her life to architecture," Steven Holl said.  Rieselbach directs the League’s Current Work lecture series, the Architectural League Prize for Young Architects + Designers competition, and has overseen the Emerging Voices program since 1986.  She oversees the League’s public programming, including publications and exhibitions.  “From the earliest days of the ‘Emerging Voices’ program, she has continuously advocated for the exploration of new ideas in urban design and architecture,” Holl said.

The awards will be presented in New York City in May at the Academy’s annual Ceremony. The works of the winners will be featured in the Ceremonial Exhibition: Work by New Members and Recipients of Awards, on view in the Academy’s galleries on Audubon Terrace.

Top image: Casa das Histórias Paula Rego, Cascais, Portugal by Eduardo Souto Moura. Image © Francisco Nogueira

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