Order of Merit

Image: Adjaye Associates, Ruby City, San Antonio, Texas, USA, 2019. © Dror Baldinger FAIA


David Adjaye

Order of Merit

British-Ghanian architect David Adjaye has been awarded Britain's Order of Merit. The Order is given to "such persons, subject of our Crown, as may have rendered exceptionally meritorious service in our Crown services or towards the advancement of the arts, learning, literature, and science or such other exceptional service as we are fit to recognise", according to the Royal Family. Adjaye, who is the founder of Adjaye Associates, is only the fifth architect to be given the honour since it was created in 1902. He follows Edwin Lutyens, Giles Gilbert Scott, Basil Spence and Foster, who became a member of the Order in 1997 and is the only other living architect to currently hold the title.

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2022 Etant donnés Prize

Image: Julien Creuzet, metal, plastic, fabric, 266.7 x 121.9 x 2.5 cm. Courtesy Andrew Kreps Gallery.


Julien Creuzet

Etant donnés Prize

Julien Creuzet and his galleries Andrew Kreps and High Art were named the 2022 winners of the Etant donnés Prize at Art Basel Miami Beach. Co-organized by Villa Albertine and the Comité professionnel des galeries d’art (CPGA), the prize supports excellence in contemporary creation and fosters international visibility for the French art scene. "Drawing attention to pressing ecological crises from the perspective of the French-speaking Caribbean diaspora, Julien Creuzet’s works feels particularly relevant in the context of South Florida. His poetic sculptures composed of found materials, including flotsam and jetsam, employ an abstract language to profound impact," noted the jury.

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2022 RIAS Doolan Award

Image: Quarry Studios by Moxon Architects, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. © Tim Soar


Quarry Studios by Moxon Architects

Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award

Quarry Studios by Moxon Architects is the winner of the 2022 Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award. Moxon Architects created Quarry Studios for themselves, alongside a café to serve the remote location’s scattered community as well as tourists who come to visit the Cairngorms National Park and neighbouring Balmoral. The low-lying building is tucked into the bowl of a former quarry, and makes positive use of a site that had previously been a rubbish tip. The building, which combines private office use alongside a public face, is welcoming and accessible, and deeply rooted within its landscape.

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Prix SAM Villa Arson

Image: Claire Bouffay, vue de l'exposition Terminus Mutations, Villa Arson, crédits: JC Lett


Claire Bouffay

Prix SAM Villa Arson

The Prix SAM Villa Arson, a new part of the Prix SAM, rewards its first winner, Claire Bouffay. Claire Bouffay was chosen among the 34 graduates of the class of 2021 from the Villa Arson Nice gathered in the exhibition Terminus Mutations. She receives an endowment for the acquisition of one of her works which will join the collection of SAM Art Projects and will also benefit from a personal exhibition in Paris. Her practice turns towards objects belonging to the past, techniques often considered obsolete and forgotten stories and their resonances with our contemporary ways of life.

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2022 Shizuko Yoshikawa Art Award

Image: Jiajia Zhang, Between the Acts, Swiss Art Awards 2022, Guadalupe Ruiz.


Jiajia Zhang

Shizuko Yoshikawa Art Award

Jiajia Zhang is the recipient of the Shizuko Yoshikawa Art Award, awarded biannually since 2018 to support women artists at the beginning of their careers. The awardee received her MFA in 2020 from the Zurich University of the Arts. The jury recognizes Zhang’s originality in exploring media-based imagery and distribution channels of our day. Among the things she looks for in her work are the differences and transitions between lived space, housing, and realty. Overlaying her recordings with found text fragments from various literary and popular sources, including advertising slogans, she is able to mediate between the culturally disparate spheres of cities in Asia and Europe.

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HEAD x Eyes on Talents Award

Image: agapornis, "Self Love Letter", Master collection by Louise Jarrige-Le Berre and Zoé Marmier/HEAD, Photographer: James Bantone


Louise Jarrige-Le Berre and Zoé Marmier

HEAD x Eyes on Talents Award

Louise Jarrige-Le Berre and Zoé Marmier, graduate from HEAD/University of Art and Design Genève, won the HEAD x Eyes on Talents Award for their collaborative fashion project agapornis. The fashion designers state about the project: "All the silhouettes that are born in this laboratory of experimentation are the result of a process of encounter, as much with the models as with the artisans. They are part of a narrative that leaves room for dreams, fantasies, what we aspire to, like an augmented or poetic version of our identities, where the pleasure of making and the pleasure of wearing intersect. Finally, we imagine another way of creating, almost a pretext for declaring our love."

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2022 Dezeen Awards

Image: Terrace House by Austin Maynard Architects, Melbourne. Photo by Derek Swalwell


Austin Maynard Architects

Architecture studio of the year award

Melbourne-based practice Austin Maynard Architects was awarded the architecture studio of the year award. Founder Andrew Maynard and co-director Mark Austin say sustainability is one of the practice's core values. The Australian studio has built a wider range of residential, retail and commercial spaces since its launch in 2002. "There is a great of interesting residential architecture coming out of Australia at the moment, and this practice is a leader in this field," said the judges. "The firm has developed an impressive and diverse portfolio of houses at different scales, all of which have a strong sense of identity," they continued. "These are homes that people would really want to live in."

Image: Ecole Camondo Méditerranée by Émilieu Studio, Toulon, France. © Antoine Huot


Ecole Camondo Méditerranée by Émilieu Studio

Interiors project of the year

Interiors project of the year was won by Émilieu Studio for its Ecole Camondo Méditerranée design school in Toulon, France. The studio created a large-scale flexible learning space, only furnished with reused local materials. "This school sets a new example of how to approach design education, creating a sense of openness and mobility, which is what a school should be all about," commended the judges.

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