Winners of Inaugural American Architecture Prize Announced

John Hill
13. October 2016
Architectural Design Of The Year: Shanghai Tower (Photo: Connie Zhou)

Three winners of the new American Architecture Prize, which honors designs in the disciplines of architecture, interior design, and landscape architecture, were announced on October 3rd, World Architecture Day.

The jury* of the inaugural prize has awarded three projects, one in each discipline:

Architectural Design Of The Year
Shanghai Tower
Dan Winey (Gensler)

Interior Design Of The Year
The Infinity Centre, Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School
McBride Charles Ryan

Landscape Architecture of The Year
Sydney Park Water Re-use Project
Turf Design Studio & Environmental Partnership with Alluvium, Turpin + Crawford Studio, Dragonfly Environmental and Partridge

Although the prize is called the American Architecture Prize, these winners make it clear that the prize was open to international projects. Although very few background details can be found on the AAP website (for instance, who organizes and backs the prize?), it does indicate that the "AAP competition is open to anyone aged 18+ residing anywhere in the world."

Winners receive the AAP trophy, enjoy "extensive publicity throughout the following year," and will be fêted at the AAP Winners cocktail event at the Cooper Hewitt on October 25, 2016. Visit the AAP website for more information on the winners and to see the honorable mentions and student winners.

Architectural Design Of The Year: Shanghai Tower (Photo: Connie Zhou)
Interior Design of the Year: The Infinity Centre, Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School (Photo: John Gollings)
Interior Design of the Year: The Infinity Centre, Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School (Photo: John Gollings)
Landscape of the Year: Sydney Park Water Re-use Project (Photo: Simon Wood)
Landscape of the Year: Sydney Park Water Re-use Project (Photo: Simon Wood)

*The huge list of jurors:
CESAR PELLI (Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects), PEGGY DEAMER (Yale University), BEN VAN BERKEL (UNStudio / Harvard University Graduate School of Design), ALEJANDRO ZAERA-POLO (AZPML Architecture, Former Dean at School of Architecture - Princeton University), ARSHIA MAHMOODI (Arshia Architects), ELSA LAM (Canadian Architect), TROY C. THERRIEN (Guggenheim Foundation and Museum), SADIE MORGAN (dRMM Architects), JOSHUA JIH PAN (J.J. Pan and Partners, Architects and Planners), LEONE LORRIMER (dwp|suters), SPELA VIDECNIK (Harvard Graduate School of Design / Ofis Architects), SHARON DAVIS (Sharon Davis Design), JENNIFER MARMON (Platform for Architecture + Research), CHAD OPPENHEIM (Oppenheim Architecture + Design), BERNARD GOMEZ (B.G.J.F Consultancy Services Pvt Ltd.), JENNIFER SIEGAL (Office of Mobile Design/OMD), AMADOU ISSA BORE (Le Modulor/AUA), CARLA JUAÇABA (Carla Juaçaba), ELISA BURNAZZI (Burnazzi Feltrin Architects), GRAHAM MORRISON (Allies and Morrison), SAM JACOB (Sam Jacob Studio for Architecture and Design), ELISABETE SALDANHA (es1arq), WILL ALSOP (All Design), MARI­A LANGARITA (Langarita-Navarro), MICHAEL MURPHY (MASS Design Group), LISE COIRIER (TL Magazine), GEOFFREY MAKSTUTIS (Pearson UK), CLEMENT BLANCHET (Clement Blanchet Architecture), CHRIS BOSSE (LAVA Asia Pacific / Adjunct Professor at UTS), NATASHA JEN (Pentagram), ALAN RICKS (Mass Design Group)

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