The American Academy of Arts and Letters
has announced the recipients of its 2014 architecture awards. Massimo Scolari
has won the Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize in Architecture
of $20,000, which recognizes an architect of any nationality who has made a significant contribution to architecture as an art. Installations by Scolari — a painter, designer, and architect — are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Deutsches Architektur Museum, and Centre Pompidou. He has lectured on the history of representation and drawing at the Venice School of Architecture, Cooper Union, Harvard, and Yale.
Two Arts and Letters Awards in Architecture
of $7,500 each recognize American architects whose work is characterized by a strong personal direction. Taryn Christoff and Martin Finio
, founders of architecture and design firm Christoff:Finio, were honored for work defined by “a quiet intelligence that manifests itself in spaces that are both beautiful and humane,” Billie Tsien, a member of the selection committee, said in a statement. Notable projects by Christoff and Finio include Donghia Materials Study Center at Parsons New School for Design and Heckscher Foundation for Children, both in New York City.
The other award recipient is Annabelle Selldorf
, principal of Selldorf Architects. According to selection committee member Tod Williams, Selldorf’s “restrained, understated elegance, intelligence, and ethical core has made her a unique figure among architects and an inspiration to us all. Diamonds are judged by their clarity in relation to water, and Annabelle Selldorf is of the most pure.” She has worked on the Hauser & Wirth Gallery, Sunset Park Materials Recycling Facility, and the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute.
In addition, the Academy of Arts and Letters announced two more prizes in architecture
of $7,500 each, recognizing Americans who explore ideas in architecture through any medium of expression. The 2014 winners are Michael Blackwood
, in independent filmmaker who has made 44 documentaries about architects, and Cynthia Davidson
, founding director of architectural think tank Anyone Corporation.