AR Emerging Architecture Awards (AREA)

The 2020 AR Emerging Architecture awards are now closed

Launched in 1999, the AR Emerging Architecture awards grant early recognition to young designers and celebrates the architectural stars of tomorrow. Established in response to the heavy-hitting Gold Medals, Pritzkers, and other lifetime achievement awards, Emerging Architecture rewards a promising portfolio of work and propels young talent onto the international stage early in their careers.

Previous winners and finalists include Shigeru Ban, Anna Heringer, Thomas Heatherwick, Jürgen Mayer H, Frida Escobedo, Sameep Padora, Bjarke Ingels, Sean Godsell, Dorte Mandrup, Li Xiaodong, Carla Juaçaba, Rick Joy and Junya Ishigami.

Shortlisted practices will be published in the AR’s November issue and invited to present their projects at WAFVirtual in December 2020. Finalists will then be invited to Lisbon for WAF 2021 (23-25 June 2021), for the winners announcement and the chance to win the £10,000 prize!

View photos from the 2019 awards evening 

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