Top 5 prestigious architectural awards you must know!!!
Architectural awards are like a prestigious revelation of a specific concept work of an architect creating a positive impact and thereby contributing to the industry’s need. These awards can be rewarded to a group of architects too (who had contributed at different levels to the same project).
There are n number of architectural awards at different spectrums ranging from the world level to regional level.
In this article, we shall look at the top 5 prestigious architectural awards in the world.
1. Pritzker Prize
Pritzker prize is awarded annually for honoring an architect or a group of architects who have contributed to the industry in the form of a project that put forth talent, commitment, and a farseeing vision for the future.
This Prize was established by the Pritzker family of Chicago in the year 1979, the award is often quoted as the Nobel prize in architecture and it is undeniably the most honored award of the architectural professional spectrum.
2. Aga Khan Award for architecture
This prestigious architectural award was established by Agan Khan IV in the year 1977 and is awarded once every three years to the deserving architect as a reward for their architectural concepts that have marked a change giving a positive outlook to the problems addressing the needs and aspirations. Another important criterion to be noted while presenting your project for the Aga Khan award is that the project should not only represent the architectural advancement but also the ability to improve the user’s quality of life.
3. RIBA Gold Medal
The RIBA Gold Medal is also commonly phrased as Royal Gold Medal for architecture is awarded annually by the Royal Institute of British Architects on behalf of the British monarch, in recognition of an individual’s or group’s substantial contribution to international architecture. The RIBA was established in the year 1834 and the first gold medal was awarded by 1848.
This award is intended at promoting and facilitating the advancement of Architecture.
4. UIA Gold Medal
The UIA is the world’s biggest architecture association and once every three years it convenes the congress meet of architects. The award was created by the council in the year 1984 aims at recognizing outstanding architectural achievement by an architect or group of architects, after taking into consideration of all the other aspects like tenure of construction, materials used, design philosophy, and even the construction system and style.
5. Alvar Aalto
The Alvar Aalto Medal was established in the year 1967 by the museum of Finnish Architecture, the Finnish Association of Architects (SAFA), and the Finnish Architectural Society after the name of the famous architect Alvar Aalto. The medal is being awarded for significant contributions to creative architecture. Ar. Alvar Aalto was a part of the modern movement of architecture, eventhough he created a style of his own.
There are plenty of architectural awards at the national and international levels with different criteria for being selected for the award. Although the intention behind these awards remains the same, to promote and for the love of architecture.
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