arcVision Prize 2013 Edition


7th March 2013

The arcVision Prize – Women and Architecture, the international social architecture award for female designers instituted by Italcementi, saw its first edition on March 7th, 2013, at i.lab, the Italcementi Research & Innovation Center in Bergamo. 

The 2013 Edition
The arcVision Prize winner has been named for the International Women’s Day. The short-list of finalists consisted of 19 designers from 15 countries: Brazil, Egypt, Estonia, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, USA.

The arcVision Prize 2013 Jury was composed of Shaikha Al Maskari (Member of the Steering Committee of the Arab International Women’s Forum-AIWF), Vera Baboun (Mayor of Bethlehem), Odile Decq (founder with Benoît Cornette of the ODBC architectural firm), Victoire de Margerie (President Rondol Technology), Yvonne Farrell (with Shelley McNamara head of the Grafton Architects architectural firm), Samia Nkrumah (President of the Kwame Nkrumah Pan African Center), Kazuyo Sejima (with Ryue Nishizawa head of the SANAA architectural firm), Benedetta Tagliabue (with Enric Miralles founder of the EMBT architectural firm), Martha Thorne (Executive Director of the Pritzker Prize and Associate Dean at IE School of Architecture di Madrid/Segovia). The Jury met in Bergamo on March 6-7, 2013, and was assisted by the Scientific Director of the Prize, Stefano Casciani.

The Winner
Carla Juacaba, 37 year old Brazilian architect, trained at Santa Ursula University in Rio de Janeiro is the first winner of the arcVision Prize – Women and Architecture by unanimous decision of the Jury.

Carla Juacaba embodies those qualities necessary in an architect of courage in approaching her profession, creativity in seeking unconventional solutions and enormous sensitivity to the context in which her works will reside. The Jury praised the functionality and appropriateness in her proposals to make sure that fully serve their purpose, and do so contributing to the beauty and quality of life of those who will use and inhabit her buildings. The Jury felt she embodies a “complete” architect, embracing all aspects of each commission: context, environment, nature, parameters, materials….

Special Mentions
The Jury also awarded 3 Special Mentions, to Izaskun Chinchilla from Spain for her non conventional design approach, Anupama Kundoo from India for her skill in researching materials, and Siiri Vallner from Estonia for her sensitive interpretation of spaces.


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