British architect Amanda Levete has been selected as the recipient of the 2018 Jane Drew Prize, recognizing “an architectural designer who, through their work and commitment to design excellence, has raised the profile of women in architecture.”
Founder of London-based practice AL_A, Levete rose to promise as one half of Stirling Prize-winning practice Future Systems, which she ran with then-husband Jan Kaplický. Together, they completed paradigm-shifting and critically acclaimed works such as the Birmingham Selfridges and the Lord’s Media Centre, winner of the 1999 RIBA Stirling Prize.
Levete left Future Systems to form AL_A in 2009, where she found continued success designing cultural venues with bold materiality. Some of the firm’s best known works include the Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT) in Lisbon, the Central Embassy Shopping Center in Bangkok, the 2015 MPavilion in Melbourne, and the recently-opened addition to the V&A museum in London.
On Levete’s selection, Paul Finch, editorial director of the AJ and the Architectural Review commented: “Amanda Levete is an architect whose career has been notable at several points, but whose independent practice has blossomed internationally, and whose independent voice has generated welcome debate and reform.”
Additionally, OMA co-founder and artist Madelon Vriesendorp has been selected as the recipient of the 2018 Ada Louise Huxtable Prize for “individuals working in the wider architectural industry who have made a significant contribution to architecture and the built environment.”
Vriesendorp is best known for her early work founding the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) with Rem Koolhaas and Elia and Zoe Zenghelis in 1972, before leaving architecture to pursue painting, illustration and exhibition and costume design. Her illustrations were featured in Rem Koolhaas’s canonical book Delirious New York, including the original cover image depicting an anthropomorphized Empire State Building and Chrysler Building laying together in bed.
Paul Finch commented: ‘Madelon Vriesendorp is a rarity: a true artist who has a deep understanding of architecture and its protocols, and whose observant and witty work has provided a thoughtful visual counterpoint to the world of bricks and mortar.’
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