Swiss Architectural Award 2020
Exhibition promoted by
the Academy of architecture
of the Università
della Svizzera italiana
On April 1, 2021 the renowned Swiss Architectural Award 2020 – promoted by the Fondazione Teatro dell’architettura – will be conferred to the winner of the 7th edition, the Paris based studio BRUTHER owned by Stéphanie Bru and Alexandre Theriot.
On the same eve the Swiss Architectural Award 2020 exhibition - promoted by the Academy of Architecture, Università della Svizzera italiana - will open his doors.
At the Auditorium of the Teatro dell’architettura Mendrisio, the exhibition of the projects selected for the seventh edition of the Award will be on display from Friday April 2, 2021 to Friday December 24, 2021. The exhibition shows the works of the 33 candidates from 19 different countries, with a special focus to the winner BRUTHER with images and video by photographer Enrico Cano.
Promoted since 2019 by the Fondazione Teatro dell’architettura, the Award has involved the three Swiss Schools of Architecture in his judging panel for the first time (USI – Accademia di architettura, Mendrisio; EPFL – ENAC, Section d’Architecture, Lausanne; ETHZ – Departement Architektur, Zurich). The Swiss Architectural Award recognizes outstanding architecture sensitive to contemporary ethical, aesthetic and ecological issues and also aims at the same time to promote public debate on these important topics.
The Award is given to architects up to 50 years old (in the year in which the Award is launched), of any nationality, who have completed at least three significant works in relation to the aims of the Award.
Founded in 2007 in Paris by Stéphanie Bru (1973) and Alexandre Theriot (1972), BRUTHER works in the fields of architecture, research, education, urbanism and landscape. “Our projects suggest a delicate balance between strategy and form, rigour and freedom, specific and generic, immediacy and evolutivity…and stand for open infrastructures that fit an abundance of context possibilities and a wide malleability of uses”.
Before being awarded for the Swiss Architectural Award 2020, BRUTHER has received the Prix de l’Équerre d’argent 2016 (for the New Generation Research Centre, Caen), the Gold Award, Best Architects Awards 2016 (for the Cultural and Sports Centre Saint-Blaise, Paris), and has been nominated in 2015 for the Mies van der Rohe Award (for the Cultural and Sports Centre Saint-Blaise, Paris).
Stéphanie Bru and Alexandre Theriot have given public lectures and have been invited to teach design, in architecture schools in France and abroad. Alexandre Theriot is a Professor in the Department of Architecture at ETH Zurich.
Website of the Paris based studio: bruther.biz
The catalog of the exhibition, in Italian and English, is published by Mendrisio Academy Press and Silvana Editoriale and edited by Nicola Navone.
For all the information on all the editions of the Award, please refer to www.swissarchitecturalaward.com.
2 April 2021 – 24 December 2021
Because of the current pandemic situation, opening hours will be communicated in due course.
For more information
or +41 58 666 5867