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40 works shortlisted for the EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture 2019

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The jury chaired by the Danish architect Dorte Mandrup has shortlisted 40 works among the 383 nominations made for the EU Mies Award 2019. The shortlisted works are spread over 17 different European countries. For the first time Albania, Serbia and Slovakia have a shortlisted work.

The EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture/Mies van der Rohe Award is presented biennially to works completed by architects from and in Creative Europe participating countries within the previous two years.

In the presence of the European Commission the 7 members of the international jury - Dorte Mandrup (Chairwoman), George Arbid, Angelika Fitz, Ștefan Ghenciulescu, Kamiel Klaasse, María Langarita and Frank McDonald – met last week in Barcelona to evaluate the 383 nominations and draft a shortlist of 40.

The 40 shortlisted works highlight the opportunities and challenges of today’s architecture in Europe: adaptive reuse, housing and culture. No doubt the Prize selection will contribute to the debate on the positive impact quality architecture can have on the European territory and its citizens' well-being.

The 5 finalist works will be announced on February 13 and then visited by the jury. The award ceremony will take place on 7 May at the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion in Barcelona.

The principal objectives of the Prize are to recognize and commend excellence and innovation in the field of architecture; it will also highlight the important contribution of European professionals to the sustainable development and transformation of Europe’s built environment.

The Prize Winner will receive 60.000€ and a sculpture representing the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion of Barcelona. The Emerging Architect Winner receives 20.000€ together with the sculpture. The finalists and the project supporters (those who commission the buildings) also receive the sculpture, recognizing their essential contributions to contemporary architecture.