European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture

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The European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award is a prize given biennially by the European Union and the Fundació Mies van der Rohe, Barcelona,[1] 'to acknowledge and reward quality architectural production in Europe'.

The Prize was created in 1987 through an equal partnership among the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Fundació Mies van der Rohe. The award is open to all the works completed in Europe within the two-year period before the granting of the prize. Nominations are submitted by independent experts, the national architecture associations and the advisory committee of the Prize, and then evaluated by a jury organized for each cycle. The five finalist works are visited by the jury, which chooses a prize winner and names an Emerging Architect winner.

As of 2016, a new category, the Young Talent Architecture Award (YTAA), highlights the final degree projects of recently graduated architects, landscape architects and urban designers. YTAA, as an inherent part of the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award, is organised by the Fundació Mies van der Rohe with the support of the Creative Europe programme of the European Union. YTAA is organised in partnership with the European Association for Architectural Education (EAAE) and the Architects’ Council of Europe (ACE-CAE); World Architects as a founding partner; the European Cultural Centre as a partner in Venice; sponsored by Jung, Jansen and Regent; and with the support of USM.[2]

List of award winners

Year Architect(s) Winning Building Location Finalist(s)
1988 Alvaro Siza Banco Borges e Irmão Vila do Conde 2011.jpg Banco Borges e Irmão Portugal Vila do Conde
1990 Sir Norman Foster Stansted Airport.JPG New Stansted Airport Terminal United Kingdom London
1992 Esteve Bonell and Francesc Rius Olimpic Badalona.jpg Municipal Sports Stadium Spain Badalona, Barcelona
1994 Nicholas Grimshaw Waterloo from London Eye.jpg Waterloo International railway station United Kingdom London
1996 Dominique Perrault B.N.F.jpg Bibliothèque Nationale de France France Paris
1998 Peter Zumthor Bregenz kunsthaus zumthor 2002 01.jpg Kunsthaus Bregenz Austria Bregenz
  • Switzerland Appenzell, Museum Liner Appenzell (renamed: Kunstmuseum Appenzell)
  • Switzerland Riehen, Beyeler Foundation
  • France Bordeaux, Villa in Bordeaux
2001 Rafael Moneo San Sebastian Palacio Kursaal.JPG Kursaal Centre Spain San Sebastián
2003 Zaha Hadid Bahnhof Hoenheim.jpg Car Park and Terminus Hoenheim North France Hoenheim, Strasbourg
2005 Rem Koolhaas Be Dutch Embassy 01.JPG Netherlands Embassy Berlin Germany Berlin
2007 Mansilla+Tuñón Arquitectos Musac2.jpg Contemporary Art Museum of Castilla y León Spain León
2009 Snøhetta Full Opera by night.jpg Norwegian National Opera and Ballet Norway Oslo
2011 David Chipperfield Neues Museum 06b Treppenhalle.jpg Neues Museum[3] Germany Berlin
2013 Henning Larsen Architects and Studio Olafur Eliasson Harpa.JPG Harpa concert hall[4] Iceland Reykjavík
2015 Barozzi Veiga Szczecin Philharmonic Hall 3304.jpg Szczecin Philharmonic Hall[5] Poland Szczecin
2017 NL Architects and XVW architectuur Kleiburg apr. 2014.jpg DeFlat Kleiburg Netherlands Amsterdam
2019 Lacaton & Vassal Architectes Transformation of 530 dwellings — Grand Parc Bordeaux France Bordeaux

List of Emerging Architect Special Mention

Year Architect(s) Building Location
2001 Florian Nagler Kaufmann Holz AG Center of distribution Germany Bobingen
2003 Jürgen Mayer H. Stadthaus Scharnhauser Park Germany Ostfildern
2005 NL Architects BasketBar.jpg BasketBar Netherlands Utrecht
2007 Bevk Perovic arhitekti Department of Mathematics, Faculty of Physics and Mathematics Slovenia Liubliana
2009 Studio UP Gymnasium 46° 09' N / 16° 50' E Croatia Koprivnica
2011 Bosch.Capdeferro Arquitectures Collage House Spain Girona
2013 Langarita-Navarro Architects Red Bull Music Academy Spain Madrid
2015 ARQUITECTURA-G Casa Luz Spain Cilleros
2017 MSA and V+ Logements Navez-Portaels.jpg NAVEZ - 5 social units as Northern entrance of Brussels Belgium Brussels

See also


  1. ^ Mies Arch Archived 2010-01-25 at the Wayback Machine, retrieved 25 March 2010
  2. ^ "Young Talent Architecture Award 2020 Breaks Ground" 27 Nov 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed 30 Apr 2020. <> ISSN 0719-8884
  3. ^ European Commission, 18 April 2011
  4. ^ European Commission, 30 April 2013
  5. ^ [1], 9 May 2015