Press Release: Global Architecture Graduate Award Winners 2014
Press resources for The Architectural Review’s Global Architecture Graduate Awards
The Global Architecture Graduate Awards celebrate the achievements of the world’s finest architecture graduates. The awards seek to identify projects with a critical position that advances the role of architecture in an increasingly fractured yet globalised world. Last year the Global Architecture Graduate Awards (GAGAs), recieved entries from over 50 countries.
Does the world really need another student award? We think so, because now more than ever we see a need for students to think radically and propositionally, engaging with wider issues, rather than simply toying with dystopian scenography. Yet for all the evident creativity of the GAGAs, it is evident that architectural education is facing a crisis. As the world changes with daunting rapidity, it’s clear that the way architecture is taught has not kept pace with the challenges of epochal or technological change.
There are two categories − undergraduate and postgraduate − and a £5,000 prize fund for the international jury to award among the winners at their discretion. All shortlisted students will receive a year’s subscription to the AR and will also have their work featured in the Architectural Review Academic Annual. Shortlisted students will also recieve a year’s subscription to The Architectural Review.
Projects can be any programme or scale, and in any location around the world. We are looking for a strong critical position, and this must also be developed into an architectural proposition. The work should engage with its context, while also being relevant to larger architectural discussions. Work produced in academia should not mimic practice, and yet principally we are looking for work that could have a positive effect on architectural production.