Launched in 1999, AREA grants 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, Sou Fujimoto, Wilkinson Eyre, Sameep, Padora, Bjarke Ingels, Sean Godsell, Dorte Mandrup, Li Xiaodong, Carla Juaçaba, Rick Joy, Junya Ishigami.
Finalists are published in the AR’s November issue and were invited to the World Architecture Festival to present their work to our expert, international judging panel for a chance to win the £10,000 prize.
Our 2000 highly commended and 2002 winner, Sean Godsell, Sean Godsell Architects, Australia, shared his thoughts on winning the award;
"The AR Emerging Architecture award was and remains one of the most important in my career. It meant that other people had noticed my work, that I was doing something worth talking about. Being fostered in such a way is invaluable, particularly at such a vulnerable stage in one's career."