EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award

EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award has been awarded since 2001 to reward excellence in architectural works built in Europe. It also highlights the contribution of quality architecture to sustainable development and citizens' well-being.

What is it?

The EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award is a biennial prize highlighting outstanding architectural works made in Europe. Besides the main prize (€ 60,000) it also includes the Emerging Architect Prize (€ 20,000).

Since 2001 the prize has been co-organised by the European Commission and the Fundació Mies van der Rohe every uneven year. The prize was called the Mies van der Rohe Award from 1988, when it was created, until 1998. The joint (short) name is now EU Mies Award.

The award ceremony is held in May in the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion in Barcelona. A catalogue and a travelling exhibition are also produced to present the nominated/shortlisted/awarded projects of each prize. An app is also available to view and locate nominated works.

What is it for?

The EU Mies Award is awarded to single architectural works demonstrating excellence in conceptual, social, cultural, technical and constructive terms. It raises awareness of quality architecture and its contribution to the well-being of citizens and the sustainable development of European cities, towns and villages.

The EU Mies Award highlights the involvement of the European Union in supporting both the quality and the diversity of European architectural expression as well as its role as a unifying element to define a common European culture.

Where can I find out more?

More information on the EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award and the Emerging Architect Prize, including past winners, can be found on the EU Mies Award website.

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