As 2022 draws to a close, it’s a good opportunity to look back at the year that came with exciting wins and praises for architects and designers around the globe.
From individuals championing affordable housing and sustainability to those advocating for social justice issues within the realms of design and the built environment, the past twelve months featured an excellent group of professionals changing the industry.
Our curated selection highlights some of the most notable award-winning architects and designers from this past year, listed in chronological order.
Elizabeth Diller of Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Momoyo Kaijima & Yoshiharu Tsukamoto of Atelier Bow-Wow. (Images courtesy Wolf Prize, Elizabeth Diller photo by Geordie Wood)
Nguyen Hai Long and Tran Thi Ngu Ngon of Tropical Space. Image courtesy of Tropical Space
Rice Design Alliance announces Tropical Space as the 2022 Spotlight Award recipient
“…the Vietnamese firm Tropical Space as the recipient of this year’s Spotlight Award recognizing exceptional architectural talent still in the early stages of their careers. The 11-year-old practice operates out of Ho Chi Minh City and focuses on the rare tropical application of brick as a building material in order to ‘create values of architectural aesthetics and inspiring stories about local sustainability.”
Farshid Moussavi (winner of the Jane Drew Prize 2022, left) and Mona Hatoum (winner of the Ada Louise Huxtable Prize 2022, right).
Women in architecture celebrated at the W Awards by the UK’s architectural press
“The Jane Drew Prize for Architecture 2022 has been awarded to British-Iranian architect, educator, and writer Farshid Moussavi. The annual award is given to an architectural designer whose work and activity has raised the profile of women in architecture […] The Ada Louise Huxtable Prize for Contribution to Architecture 2022 has been awarded to the British-Palestinian artist Mona Hatoum, recognizing individuals from the wider architectural industry who have made a significant contribution to the built environment.”
Image courtesy of AIA.
Here are the 2022 AIA Young Architects Award winners
“The American Institute of Architects announced its newest class of Young Architects Awar winners. Twenty-three designers were honored by the organization for their demonstrated ability as leaders and contributions to the built environment while still in the early stages of their professional careers.”
A still from “Design as a Tool to Support Community Healing,” a project by Christine Gaspar and Liz Ogbu. Image courtesy Christine Gaspar and Liz Ogbu/Center for Architecture.
Four women-led projects make up the 2022 Arnold W. Brunner Grant for Architectural Research winners
“The Center for Architecture and AIANY have announced the winning projects for this year’s 2022 Arnold W. Brunner Grant for Architectural Research competition. The four grants are awarded to licensed professionals in their mid-career working on various challenges to the design industry through investigations that will ultimately be applied to the art and science of architectural practice.” This year’s winners are Liz Ogbu and Christine Gaspar, Liz Teston, Jane Lea, and Julia Watson.
Photo copyright Robert Lemermeyer Photogtaphy
MODA is the 2022 RAIC Emerging Practice Award winner
“The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) has named Calgary-based Modern Office of Design + Architecture (MODA) as its 2022 Emerging Practice Award recipient. MODA was first established by University of Calgary graduates Ben Klumper and Dustin Couzens in 2013 and has since gained distinction for its designs across a broad range of practice areas and scales…”
The 2022–23 Rome Prize winners (Architecture, top row, L–R): Michael Meredith and Hilary Sample of MOS Architects, Jennifer Newsom and Tom Carruthers of Dream the Combine; (Landscape Architecture, bottom L–R): Katherine Jenkins and Parker Sutton of Present Practice and Alexa Vaughn, ASLA.
Seven architects and landscape architects awarded the 2022–23 Rome Prize
“Since it was established in 1894, the American Academy in Rome (AAR) is the oldest overseas center for research and independent studies within the arts and humanities. With a list of distinguished winners ranging across eleven disciplines, including architecture, landscape architecture, visual arts, literature, and more, thirty-eight Americans and four Italian artists and scholars were recognized this year.” This year’s Rome Prize winners are Michael Meredith and Hilary Sample of MOS Architects, Jennifer Newsom
and Tom Carruthers of Dream the Combine, Katherine Jenkins and Parker Sutton of Present Practice, and Alexa
Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara of Grafton Architects. Image courtesy The Daylight Award.
Grafton Architects’ Town House at Kingston University wins the 2022 EU Mies van der Rohe Award
“Following the recent announcements of 40 shortlisted and seven finalist projects, the jury of the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture — Mies van der Rohe Award today revealed the final victors of the two 2022 trophies: Town House, the new Grafton Architects-designed academic and arts space at Kingston University, London, was selected as the grand winner of the Architecture Prize, while the Emerging Architecture Prize went to the La Borda cooperative housing project by Lacol in Barcelona.”
(L-R) Swati Janu, winner of the Moira Gemmill Prize for Emerging Architecture, and Fiona Monkman, recipient of the MJ Long Prize for Excellence in Practice. Images courtesy of The Architectural Review and The Architect’s Journal
Outdoorsy Media Rig I, a work by 2022 League Prize recipient Xavi Laida Aguirre of Detroit-based stock-a-studio.
Tadao Ando. Photo © Kazumi Kurigami.
Tadao Ando honored with the Andrée Putman Lifetime Achievement Award
“The Créateurs Design Awards has unveiled Japanese architect Tadao Ando as the 2022 recipient of the Andrée Putman Lifetime Achievement award. The program recognizes extraordinary work in architecture, interior design, product design, photography, journalism, and curation.”
Nader Tehrani/NADAAA’s Melbourne School of Design building (with John Wardle Architects). Photo: Peter Bennetts
Pascale Sablan. Image courtesy Beyond the Built Environment.
NOMA’s President-Elect Pascale Sablan takes home three inaugural Anthem Awards
“Architect and recent Whitney M. Young Jr. Award recipient Pascale Sablan has been named as one of the inaugural Anthem Awards winners by the prestigious Webby Awards program — now in its 26th year — honoring the efforts of community activists from across the globe who advocate for dispositive changes via their various online and digital media platforms.”
Anne Lacaton and Arine Aprahamian. Image © Rolex/Audoin Desforges
Pritzker winner Anne Lacaton selects Arine Aprahamian as her 2023-24 Rolex Protégé
“2021 Pritzker Prize winner Anne Lacaton will mentor Lebanese-Armenian architect and co-founder of MÜLLERAPRAHAMIAN Arine Aprahamian as part of the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative. The program is the luxury retailer’s non-profit arm who announced the upcoming cycle’s mentors and their protégés in a ceremony at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.”
Jeanne Gang. Image ©️ Saverio Truglia, courtesy of Urban Land Institute.
Jeanne Gang honored with 2022 ULI Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development
“Architect and Studio Gang founder Jeanne Gang has been unveiled as the winner of the 2022 ULI Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development. In its 23rd year, the ULI Prize awards individuals $100,000 for their contributions to community building globally and exhibiting excellence in the land use and development field.”
Clockwise from top left: J. Meejin Yoon, Judy Kessler, Adrienne Hepler, Brennan Gilbane Koch, Fiona Cousins, and Elaine Molinar. Image courtesy of The Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation.
Meejin Yoon, Elaine Molinar, Fiona Cousins, and other women AEC leaders to be honored by the 2022 BEVY Leadership Awards
“The Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation has announced a field of six influential women in the AEC industry to be honored as part of the 2022 BEVY Leadership Awards. After revealing the first two winners — Snøhetta Managing Partner Elaine Molinar and Arup’s Chair of the Americas Fiona Cousins — in August, the Foundation has now also confirmed architect and Cornell AAP Dean J. Meejin Yoon, construction executives Brennan Gilbane Koch and Adrienne Hepler, and innovative real estate developer Judy Kessler as recipients of the honor […]”
Amanda Williams – 2022 MacArthur Foundation Fellow. Image courtesy of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
Visual artist and architect Amanda Williams receives 2022 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship grant
“The MacArthur Foundation has announced the recipients of this year’s 2022 MacArthur Grant Fellows. Frequently referred to as the MacArthur ‘Genius Grant,’ the Foundation awards ‘unrestricted fellowships to talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction.’ This year, notable Chicago-based visual artist and architect Amanda Williams is among the 2022 MacArthur grant winners.”
Top Row: Höweler + Yoon (Eric Höweler and J. Meejin Yoon) Bottom Row: Jason Kelly Johnson, Rajaa Issa, and Felicia Ann Davis.
This year’s Soane Medal recipient, Peter Barber. Photo: Matt Tidby © Sir John Soane’s Museum
Social housing champion Peter Barber awarded 2022 Soane Medal
“British architect Peter Barber has been awarded the 2022 Soane Medal. Operating through his practice Peter Barber Architects, Barber is widely celebrated for this approach to designing and delivering high-quality, affordable residential architecture.”
The 2022 Stewardson Keefe LeBrun Travel Grant recipients Tadd Heidgerken and Zui Lig Ng. Image courtesy AIANY
Two emerging architects awarded AIANY’s 2022 Stewardson Keefe LeBrun Travel Grant
“Two emerging architects were recently named as winners of the 2022 Stewardson Keefe LeBrun Travel Grant by the Center for Architecture at the AIA New York (AIANY) […] Tadd Heidgerken and Zui Lig Ng were awarded a combined total of $25,000 for projects that look into the built environment in five different countries as possible guides for solutions to various ascendant challenges in the industry.”
Mithun’s integrated design team. Photo: Jenny Jimenez.
Mithun is named the AIA Architecture Firm Award winner for 2023
“Continuing its annual tradition of honoring America’s top practitioners, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) has named Mithun the AIA Architecture Firm Award winner for the year 2023. Mithun was joined by Gold Medal winner Carol Ross Barney in the awards announcement, which mentioned their ability to bring about positive change through a ‘holistic, interdisciplinary pursuit of architecture.'”
(From left): 2023 AIA award winners Robert L. Easter (Whitney M. Young Jr. Award); Dr. Sharon Egretta Sutton (AIA/ACSA Topaz Medallion); and Jeff Potter (Edward C. Kemper Award). Images: Robert L. Easter, Le Studio, Sam Smead Photocreative, courtesy AIA.
AIA names Whitney M. Young Jr. Award, Topaz Medallion, and Edward C. Kemper Award winners
“The selected winners of three of the AIA’s highest-profile awards were named today in separate announcements by the organization that saw the Whitney M. Young Jr. Award, AIA/ACSA Topaz Medallion, and Edward C. Kemper Award crowned, respectively.” This year’s award winners are Robert L. Easter (Whitney M. Young Jr. Award), Dr. Sharon Egretta Sutton
(AIA/ACSA Topaz Medallion), and Jeff Potter (Edward C. Kemper Award).
Achim Menges. Image courtesy of the University of Stuttgart/Uli Regenscheit.
Architect Achim Menges wins a 2023 Leibniz Prize for his computational design research
“University of Stuttgart professor Achim Menges has been named among the winners of the 2023 Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize by the German Research Foundation (DFG) for his interdisciplinary research into computational design and the application of robotic manufacturing methods in construction that have both helped propel the industry toward a resource-efficient and sustainable future.”
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