Five prestigious international professionals will make up the jury of the European Collective Housing Award

Five prestigious international professionals will make up the jury of the European Collective Housing Award

29.02.2024 — 07.05.2024

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> Kristiaan Borret (Belgium), Fernanda Canales (Mexico), Emanuele Coccia (Italy) and Christian Hadaller (Germany) will accompany Pritzker 2021 winner and jury president Anne Lacaton (France) on this mission.

> The jury of the award is composed of a wide variety of profiles that represent the commitment of this initiative to serve as a catalyst for innovation and excellence in the design of collective housing in Europe.

> The election also answers the spirit of the award of highlighting the different agents involved in the construction of collective housing.  The deadline for submitting applications is April 2nd.

The Basque Country Architecture Institute and Arc en Rêve Centre d’Architecture, in collaboration with the Department of Territorial Planning, Housing, and Transport of the Basque Government, already announced the jury for the inaugural edition of the European Collective Housing Award. Submissions for this award are now being accepted until April 2nd, 2024.

It is an international jury of renowned prestige composed of a wide variety of profiles that represent the commitment of this initiative to serve as a catalyst for innovation and excellence in the design of collective housing in Europe, promoting focuses that are not only aesthetically pleasing but also socially responsible and environmentally sustainable. The election also answers to the spirit of the award of highlighting the different agents involved in the construction of collective housing

Diverse profiles for a common vision

The jury members have been carefully chosen to include architects who have a long experience with collective housing, government officials involved in urban development, agents actively involved directly with residents in housing cooperatives, and prominent contemporary thinkers.  They will join Pritzker 2021 winner and jury president Anne Lacaton (France) in evaluating the entries received.

Firstly, professor of urban design at Ghent University and maître architecte (BMA) of Brussels Capital Region Kristiaan Borret (Belgium). His career has marked a close relationship between theory and practice, design and policy, architecture and urban planning, and the public and private sectors. In particular, he has carried out theoretical research into contemporary transformations of the city and contributed to various urban development projects in Belgium, the Netherlands, and France.

Architect Fernanda Canales (Mexico) will also be part of the jury, founder of Fernanda Canales Arquitectura (Mexico City). Among other awards, she received the Emerging Voices Award from The Architectural League of New York, was named one of the world’s “100+ Best Architecture Firms” by DOMUS magazine, and was recognized by The New York Times as one of the 10 female figures changing the landscape of leadership in the world. Her work has been exhibited at The Royal Academy of Arts in London and the Venice Biennale, among other institutions. 

The jury is also composed of Emanuele Coccia (Italy), associate professor at EHESS (Paris, France), author and visionary thinker. Recognized for transformative works like “The Life of Plants” (2018) and “Metamorphosis” (2021), his upcoming project, “Philosophy of the Home” (2024), further exemplifies his fusion of philosophy with diverse realms. Beyond literature, Coccia co-directs animation projects like “Quercus” (2019) and “Heaven in Matter” (2021), pushing the boundaries of philosophical expression through visual mediums. His curatorial contributions include “The Many Lives of a Garment” (ITS, Trieste) and “Dancing with All” (21 Century Museum Kanazawa), weaving a rich tapestry of philosophy, art, and the human experience.

Lastly, Christian Hadaller (Germany), Architect and a co-founder/board member of KOOPERATIVE GROSSSTADT eG (Munich), a housing cooperative that was founded in 2015 as an initiative of young architects. Its aim is to expand the cooperative model by giving central roles to architecture, neighborhood development, and urban planning issues. A vibrant and liveable city and the diverse ways in which its residents live are at the heart of the cooperative’s activities. After completing his studies, Hadaller worked for Meili, Peter Architects. From 2012 to 2016, he worked as a research assistant at the Chair of Urban Architecture at the Technical University of Munich, where he led research model projects on the redensification of large housing estates. 

Collective housing, an European value

European collective housing is a cornerstone of Europe’s architectural heritage, reflecting the continent’s rich history and values from its roots in the development of centuries-old cities to its evolution through the post-industrial eras.

Emphasizing the importance of housing as a fundamental human need and societal asset, European Collective Housing Award seeks to highlight innovation, inclusion and environmental responsibility in its design, aspects that the jury will value in the different candidatures. The call, open until 2 April, covers 46 Council of Europe countries and will provide a unique platform for participating individuals and companies to showcase their projects. The rules can be found on the award website.

This emphasis on collective housing makes the award a novel initiative, and underlines its commitment to addressing societal challenges while promoting sustainable urban development practices across Europe and beyond. It is also novel in its holistic approach, which is already reflected in the initiative itself, born out of collaboration between the driving entities.

From 15 February to 2 April

Rules and submissions:


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