Aims of the award

The purpose of the Award is to recognise and raise the public profile of architects from all over the world who, through their work, have made a significant contribution to contemporary architecture, in particular by demonstrating environmental awareness and thus helping to improve the quality of life of humankind. Any architect aged under 50 in the year in which the Award is launched, of any nationality, may enter, provided that they have designed at least three significant works that meet the aims of the competition.
Mario Botta added: “This award represents an opportunity to recognise and raise the international profile of architects who can make an outstanding contribution to contemporary architectural culture. It is also a good occasion to reflect critically on ideas that favour first an ethical and then an aesthetic approach. The names selected can be considered as some of the most important architects working internationally today. Their sensitivity and professional commitment in their countries of origin highlight their diverse hopes (both fanciful and realistic), in contrast to the contradictions and confusion that are rife today in the debates within the field”.

Junya Ishigami (Japan) wins the fifth BSI Swiss Architectural Award.