Buildings raised in an urban setting make up the walls of public space and provide the backdrop against which people’s daily lives unfold, themselves participants in those lives. To create a friendly and liveable space, they have to be well-designed and functional.
To show our appreciation for architects and recognize outstanding architectural and spatial solutions, Hanna, Gronkiewicz-Waltz has founded the Architectural Prize of the Mayor of Warsaw which will be given out annually.
Candidates for the Prize can be nominated by designers, developers, and first and foremost by residents and users of the City of Warsaw. The nominated buildings will be assessed with regard to the architectural solutions used as well as their contribution to the identity of Warsaw.
The competition is organized and endowed by the Mayor of Warsaw. The Prize is awarded in association with the Warsaw Branch of the Association of Polish Architects (SARP).
Two editions of the Architectural Prize of the Mayor of Warsaw will take place this year. Buildings constructed in 2001-2014 will be awarded as part of the first edition, and buildings raised in 2015 as part of the second.
Winners will be selected by a twelve-person jury appointed by the Mayor of Warsaw. Based on the public nominations, the jury will select up to five nominees in seven categories. The list of nominees will be published by the end of October 2016.
The Prize will be awarded in the following categories:
Attention: due to the fact that certain members of the Jury were involved in a number of the projects submitted for the jury’s consideration, the jurors concerned were excluded from discussions and voting in the relevant categories, in accordance with the competition guidelines.
In the second edition of the Architectural Prize of the Mayor of Warsaw (for 2015), the full Jury discussed and voted in the following categories: Public service architecture (public building), Public service architecture (commercial building), and revitalized architecture.
Grzegorz Stiasny did not take part in the discussions and voting in the categories Residential Architecture – Housing Development and Residential Architecture – Single Building. Marlena Happach did not take part in the discussions and voting in the category Public-Access Space. Michał Olszewski, Marlena Happach, Marek Mikos, Maciej Kowalczyk and Ewa P. Porębska did not take part in the discussions and voting in the Architectural Event category.
The Jury is still selecting the Nominees for the first edition of the Prize.