Ricky Burdett announces emerging architect finalists

30 July 2018

Six finalists have been announced for the Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize for Emerging Architecture 2018. They include projects in Mexico, Brazil, Peru and the United States. Ricky Burdett, Director of LSE Cities and Jury Chair of the prize highlighted the importance of a deep connection between architecture, society, and the environment.

“We were not interested in one-off iconic objects. We were interested in buildings that work—for the city, for the institution, for the neighbourhood, community, and the individual occupants. Buildings that have meaning and complexity, and enrich the lives of the people who use and inhabit them. We were mindful of how buildings would adapt over time, how they would age and respond to changes in everyday practices and lifestyles. We were looking for projects that—regardless of scale or budget—might set new typologies for universities, museums, public institutions, galleries, and housing as we move forward in the twenty-first century,” said Burdett.