The American Academy of Arts and Letters has announced the recipients of its 2019 architecture awards.
Eduardo Souto de Moura, winner of the 2011 Pritzker Prize, has received the Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize, recognizing his significant contributions to architecture as an art. Based in Porto, Portugal, Souto de Moura founded his practice in 1980.
Hernan Diaz Alonso was recognized for the strong personal direction that characterizes his work. Diaz Alonso founded Los Angeles–based Xefirotarch in 2001 and now is head of HDA-x creative agency.
Mario Gooden and Mabel O. Wilson were honored for their exploration of ideas. Gooden and Wilson are co-directors of the Global Africa Lab at the Graduate School of Architecture at Columbia. Gooden founded New York–based Huff + Gooden Architects in 1997.
Eric Höweler and Meejin Yoon, who founded Boston-based Höweler+Yoon Architecture in 2004, won an award for the strong sense of personal direction found in their work. The firm was one of RECORD’s 2007 Design Vanguard recipients, and in 2015, the magazine honored Yoon as New Generation Leader at the annual Women in Architecture awards.
Anne Rieselbach was commended for her exploration of ideas in the field. Rieselbach is Program Director at the Architectural League of New York, where she 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.
Jurors Annabelle Selldorf, Henry N. Cobb, Kenneth Frampton, Steven Holl, Thom Mayne, Laurie Olin, James Polshek, Billie Tsien, and Tod Williams selected this year’s winners from a group of 33 finalists, who were nominated by Academy members.
Winners will receive their awards at a ceremony in May, and their work will be on display at the Academy’s galleries in New York as part of the show Ceremonial Exhibition: Work by New Members and Recipients of Awards, which also opens in May.
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