Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize Winners, MCHAP, Building, Architecture Project, Images
Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize
MCHAP 2014/15 Finalists from the Americas, event in Museo Tamayo, Mexico City
20 Oct 2016
Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize Winner
Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize Winner
MIES CROWN HALL AMERICAS PRIZE ANNOUNCES GRACE FARMS BY SANAA AS THE WINNER OF THE MCHAP 2014/2015
TOMMY KYUNG-TAE NAM AND YUN YUN AS THE WINNERS OF THE 2015/2016 MCHAP.STUDENT AWARD
CHICAGO, IL (October 20, 2016) – Wiel Arets, Dean of the Illinois Institute of Technology College of Architecture, and Dirk Denison, Director of the Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize (MCHAP), announced yesterday evening that Grace Farms (New Canaan, Connecticut, US) by the firm SANAA is the recipient of the 2014/2015 MCHAP, recognizing the most distinguished architectural works built on the North and South American continents. Kazuko Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, founders of the Pritzker-winning architecture firm SANAA, were recognized with the MCHAP Award, the MCHAP Chair at IIT Architecture Chicago for the following academic year, and $50,000 in funding toward research and publication.
The recipient was announced at a benefit dinner, co-chaired by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, David Kohler, and Phyllis Lambert, and held at Illinois Institute of Technology’s S. R. Crown Hall on Wednesday, October 19. The event started with a reception and viewing of finalists’ projects, a welcome and student prize presentation, and a presentation of the award finalists, followed by a dinner and the awarding of the MCHAP, and remarks by Kazuko Sejima from SANAA who accepted the award on the firm’s behalf. Earlier, a day-long public symposium included the finalists and clients in morning breakout sessions with students and faculty, followed by an afternoon roundtable with the jury.
Grace Farms’ building, which spreads beneath a long, undulating roof, follows the landscape and floats in the center of the site. Winding and crossing the hills freely, this wood-frame structure, now known as the River, creates numerous covered outdoor spaces while also forming courtyards. Since opening to the public in October 2015, Grace Farms has functioned as both a peaceful respite and a place of vibrant activity. The River building draws people in to engage with the site’s natural landscape and serves as the springboard for Grace Farms’ mission and programs. Within the first six months, approximately 50,000 people visited Grace Farms to participate in architectural tours, community dinners, lectures and discussions, concerts, athletics, and worship services—or to explore the 80-acre site on an individual basis.
New Canaan provided a context in which Eliot Noyes, Marcel Breuer, Philip Johnson, and others helped to rethink residential modernism in the United States. Mies was a direct influence in New Canaan through his influence on Johnson, and the architectural design for Grace Farms builds in part on Mies’s legacy, including his 1928 vision of a skyscraper with curved glass. Although Mies and Johnson were not direct models, they helped set the aspiration for transcendent lightness: a structure that would float on the landscape while also being fully integrated with it.
Grace Farms New Canaan by SANAA Architects
photo © Iwan Baan
25 Jun 2016
Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize Winners
Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize Winners
MIES CROWN HALL AMERICAS PRIZE ANNOUNCES MCHAP 2014/15 FINALISTS
Seven finalists from throughout the Americas celebrated in Mexico City during MCHAP jury trip
Chicago, Illinois – June 24, 2016 – Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) College of Architecture Dean Wiel Arets, Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize (MCHAP) Director Dirk Denison and MCHAP 2014/15 Jury President Stan Allen announced the MCHAP 2014/15 Finalists at an event held in Museo Tamayo, Mexico City the evening of June 23rd.
The MCHAP Jury announced the finalists for the MCHAP 2014/15, recognizing the best built works of architecture in the Americas realized from January 2014 through December 2015, during the jury tour of the finalist sites. The tour includes visits with members of the MCHAP Network of architects, academics, and schools and is part of a strategy to build a vibrant network that unites architects working in the Americas and opens the discourse with others around the world.
Finalists Projects and Cities
Weekend House by Angelo Bucci
Sao Paulo, Brazil
UTEC Campus by Grafton Architects
Pachacamac Museum by Llosa Cortegana
Kalach Torre 41
Mexico City, Mexico
Star Apartments by Michael Maltzan
Los Angeles, California, US
Grace Farms by SANAA
New Canaan, Connecticut, US
Fort York National Historic Site Visitor Centre
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
MCHAP is a biennial prize that acknowledges the best built works of architecture in the Americas. MCHAP.emerge is the corresponding biennial prize for the best built work from an emerging architecture practice. MCHAP was created by Dean Wiel Arets who, in his 2013 inaugural address, offered “Rethinking Metropolis” as a strategic device for the college, for research, for the development of knowledge and skills, for taking part in design exercises, for debate, and for making. Dean Arets outlined his plan for a revitalized curriculum in NOWNESS, a publication in which he announced MCHAP among other initiatives. MCHAP was officially launched in February 2014 at an event hosted by Phyllis Lambert at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal and which featured Kenneth Frampton, President of the inaugural MCHAP Jury.
MCHAP 2014/15 Jury and MCHAP 2014/15 Nominees
The MCHAP 2014/15 Jury includes Jury President Stan Allen, architect and former Dean of Princeton University’s School of Architecture (New York); Florencia Rodriguez, editorial director of Piedra, Papel y Tijera publishers (Buenos Aires); Ila Berman, Professor of Architecture, University of Waterloo (Toronto) / Dean, UVA School of Architecture (Charlottesville); Jean Pierre Crousse of Barclay & Crousse (Lima), and Dean Wiel Arets (Chicago).
The Jury reviewed the MCHAP 2014/15 NOMINATED WORKS and MCHAP.emerge 2014/15 NOMINATED WORKS of architecture in the Americas, realized between January 2014 and December 2015, which have been put forward by 95 nominators from throughout the Americas. Nominations were received in January and February and were included in the MCHAP 2014/15 Exhibition held at S. R. Crown Hall on March 4th and 5th at which time the jury held its first jury session.
MCHAP.emerge Symposium and Winner Announcement on April 1, 2016
The MCHAP.emerge 2014/15 Symposium and winner announcement was held on April 1, 2016 at S. R. Crown Hall. In afternoon sessions the practices of the MCHAP.emerge 2014/15 Finalists projects presented their work and engaged in substantive discussions with the jury, the IIT Architecture faculty and student body, as well as the larger MCHAP Network and Chicago architecture community. The MCHAP.emerge 2014/15 recipient, Pavilion on the Zocalo; Mexico City, Mexico; Productora, was announced at the evening award dinner. The authors of the winning project have been recognized with the MCHAP.emerge Award, the MCHAP Research Professorship in the College of Architecture at Illinois Institute of Technology for the following academic year, and funding of up to $25,000 USD in support of research and a publication related to the theme of ‘Rethinking Metropolis.’
MCHAP Symposium and Winner Announcement on October 19, 2016
IIT ‘s College of Architecture will host a day-long symposium including sessions for students, faculty and the architects and clients of the finalists in dialogue about the nominated works and how they contribute to the college’s continuing conversation — Rethinking Metropolis. Later in the afternoon, the general public will be invited to a moderated discussion between the architects and jury about the context of contemporary practice. At the end of the day of activities the winner of the Americas Prize 2014/15 will be announced at the MCHAP Award Dinner. The author of the MCHAP winner will be recognized with the MCHAP Award, the MCHAP Chair at IIT College of Architecture for the following academic year, and funding of up to $50,000 USD, in support of research and a publication related to the theme of ‘Rethinking Metropolis.’
Announcing New MCHAP.student Award
A newly established student award, MCHAP.student, has been created to energize the American discourse among young architects. MCHAP is inviting a network of schools from throughout the Americas to submit the most outstanding project by a 2015/2016 graduating student that addresses the metropolis through an architectural proposal. All submitted student projects will be reviewed by the MCHAP jury, and the winner will be invited to S. R. Crown Hall, expenses paid, to be presented with the award by the MCHAP jury alongside the MCHAP winners at the awards ceremony on October 19, 2016. The student project winner will be acknowledged with a Research Fellowship at the IIT College of Architecture and ten thousand dollar ($10,000) commitment towards a production of the outcomes of a Research Fellowship.
For more information about MCHAP and MCHAP.emerge, MCHAP.student, their purpose, process and timeline, visit www.mchap.org.
About MCHAP – The America’s Prize
The Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize (MCHAP) is a biennial prize that acknowledges the best built works of architecture in the Americas. MCHAP was created by Dean Wiel Arets who, in his 2013 inaugural address, offered “Rethinking Metropolis” as a strategic device for the college, for research, for the development of knowledge and skills, for taking part in design exercises, for debate, and for making. Dean Arets outlined his plan for a revitalized curriculum in NOWNESS, a publication in which he announced MCHAP among other initiatives.
The first cycle of this award culminated in 2014 with the selection of seven finalists and then two winners, the Iberé Camargo Foundation in Porto Alegre, Brazil, designed by Alvaro Siza and the 1111 Lincoln Road the mixed use parking structure in Miami Beach, Florida, USA, designed by Herzog & de Meuron. Visit www.mchap.org.
About IIT Architecture Chicago
IIT Architecture Chicago welcomes students, faculty, and guests from around the globe who share our interest in “Rethinking the Metropolis.” We conduct research; we analyze existing phenomena; we learn from other disciplines. We question the roles of architecture, landscape, and urbanism in our changing world.
IIT Architecture’s curriculum is structured around our innovative “horizontal Cloud Studio” introduced by Dean Wiel Arets—a school-wide design and research laboratory in which students from all degree programs work together on topics related to the metropolis.
With a history of design excellence and technical expertise, an unmatched professional studio curriculum, and inspiring surroundings in S. R. Crown Hall designed by Mies van der Rohe, IIT Architecture is one of the schools most respected by architectural firms around the world. The College offers a five-year Bachelor of Architecture degree, four different Master’s degrees (M.Arch, M.L.A., M.L.A./M.Arch., MS.Arch.), and the only Ph.D. in Architecture offered in Chicago. Visit www.arch.iit.edu.
About Illinois Institute of Technology
Founded in 1890, IIT is a Ph.D.-granting university with more than 7,300 students in engineering, sciences, architecture, psychology, design, humanities, business and law. IIT’s interprofessional, technology-focused curriculum is designed to advance knowledge through research and scholarship, to cultivate invention improving the human condition, and to prepare students from throughout the world for a life of professional achievement, service to society, and individual fulfillment. Visit www.iit.edu.
Previously on e-architect:
MCHAP.emerge 2014/15 WINNER
Award for Emerging Architecture Goes to Pavilion on the Zocalo; Mexico City, Mexico by Productora
Chicago, Illinois – March 4, 2016 – Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) College of Architecture Dean Wiel Arets, Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize (MCHAP) 2014/15 Jury President Stan Allen, MCHAP 2014/15 Juror Florencia Rodriguez, and MCHAP Director Dirk Denison announced the MCHAP.emerge 2014/15 WInner, Pavilion on the Zocalo; Mexico City, Mexico; Productora, at the April 1, 2016 MCHAP.emerge Symposium and Award Dinner at S. R. Crown Hall, the home of IIT College of Architecture.