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2016 edition

Living Places – Simon Architecture Prize 2016 received 104 built works from 16 European countries. The Jury analysed all the proposals and drew up a list of 8 finalists and 2 winners, one per category. The jury meeting took place on the 18th of November 2016 at DHUB in Barcelona. A conversation between the winners, Anne Lacaton, Jean-Philippe Vassal, Frédéric Druot, Eva Prats and Ricardo Flores, was held at Sala Beckett in Barcelona on the 22th of December 2016. The Granting Ceremony was celebrated at the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion in the evening of the same day.

jury members

Ilka Ruby

Chairwoman.

Ilka Ruby is a Berlin-based publisher and curator on issues surrounding architecture and urbanism. She studied architecture at RWTH Aachen and TU Vienna. Together with her partner Andreas Ruby, she founded textbild, an office for architectural communication, and Ruby Press, a publishing house with a focus on architecture, art, and other cultural practices engaged in the production of space. Ilka Ruby has taught at Cornell University, Berlin University of the Arts, and the Peter Behrens School of Architecture in Düsseldorf.

Camilla van Deurs

Partner, Director Head of Design Team Architect MAA, PhD. As Team Lead, Camilla works with her team to develop Public Space and Street Designs, Masterplanning Frameworks and Pilot Projects. Camilla has worked with both public and private clients in Europe, USA, Australia, Middle East and China at both a strategic and design level. Camilla holds a PhD in Urban Design with a focus on urban housing and is an active lecturer on the Gehl methodology, speaking at conferences around the world. She is also an Associate Professor at the University of Copenhagen, as well as a Board Member for the Danish Architects Association.

Carlos Ferrater

Doctor of Architecture and Professor of Architectural Project Design at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. Director of the Cátedra Blanca, Barcelona. Awarded the 2009 National Architecture Award by the Spanish Ministry of Housing for his overall career and since 2011 member of the Royal Institute of British Architects RIBA. Academician-Elect of the Real Academia de Belles Arts de Sant Jordi. Conferred as Doctor honoris causa by the University of Trieste. In 2006 he set up, along with Xavier Martí, Lucía Ferrater and Borja Ferrater, the Office of Architecture in Barcelona (OAB), with Núria Ayala as Projectʼs Director.

Albert Moya

Hailing from Catalonia, Albert Moya is at the forefront of a new generation of film directors who are injecting structure and ambitious storytelling into fashion’s motion image field. He began his career as an art director to the fashion brand El Delgado Buil, but Moya’s fascination with historic cinema swiftly led him to filmmaking. After assisting directors including Isabel Coixet in his home country, Momya moved to New York in 2013 where he directed his debut short “American Autumn”. Throughout Moya’s work, the thread of design and architecture personified has lead to meaningful collaborations with Bulgari, Mulberry, Hermés, M2Malletier and new Dries Van Noten Film shot at Palau de la Música to name a few.

Salvi Plaja

Salvi Plaja Miró, design director for Simon group, has an extense experience in the industrial design field. Under his leadership, SIMON has been widely awarded both in national and international contests including the Premios Nacionales de Diseño 2016 awarded by the Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad, the IF Gold Design Award, the Red Dot Award, the Premios Delta, and the Premi Catalunya d’Ecodisseny 2015.

2018 edition

Living Places – Simon Architecture Prize 2018 received 145 built works from 12 European countries and Mexican territories. The Jury analysed all the proposals and drew up a list of 8 finalists and 2 winners, one per category. The jury meeting took place on the 26th of October 2018 at Espacio Fluvia in Barcelona. A conversation between Frida Escobedo (president of jury) and Martha Thorne was held at Espacio 100 de Simon in Barcelona on the 25th of October 2018. The winners were announced at the Granting Ceremony that took place on 28th November 2018 at Espacio 100 de Simon in Barcelona.

jury members

Frida Escobedo
Chairwoman
Architect, Mexico City

Frida Escobedo is an architect and designer based in Mexico City. Her work focuses largely on the reactivation of urban spaces that are considered to be residual or forgotten, through projects that range from housing and community centers, to hotels, galleries, and public art installations. In addition to her practice, Frida Escobedo has taught at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and Harvard Graduate School of Design. She is the recipient of the 2016 Architectural Review Emerging Architecture Award, the 2017 Architectural League Emerging Voices Award, and in 2018 was selected to design the 18th Serpentine Summer Pavilion in London.

Davide Rapp
Architect and video artist, Milan

Davide Rapp, 1980, architect and video artist. Ph.D. in Interior Design at Politecnico di Milano. He participated as a contributor in the 14th International Architecture Exhibition – Fundamentals (Biennale Venezia, 2014) with ‘Elements’, a movie montage of short architecture-related clips, conceived specifically for the introduction room of the exhibition ‘Elements of Architecture’, curated by Rem Koolhaas, the Office for Metropolitan Architecture and the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He has been published in national and international architecture magazines such as Abitare, Icon Design, San Rocco and Architectural Review.

Cecilia Tham
Biologist turned designer turned entrepreneur, Hong Kong-Barcelona

Biologist turned designer turned entrepreneur. Harvard graduate. Mentor for Google Launchpad. Speaker at TEDx Barcelona. Parsons New School
Born in Hong Kong, she has been living in Barcelona for more than 14 years. She has lived in Macao, Atlanta, New York and Boston and has two daughters. She is the founder of Makers of Barcelona, one of the largest platforms for coworking in the city. She has also created FabCafe, MEAT Creative and Assemble.rs, initiatives that promote collaborative innovation between companies and individuals.

Ricardo Flores
Flores&Prats Architects, Barcelona

Ricardo Flores is architect by the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Urbanism of Buenos Aires, Master in Urban Design and Doctor Architect by the School of Architecture of Barcelona. After a long collaboration at Enric Miralles’ office, in 1998 establishes Flores & Prats Architects together with Eva Prats in Barcelona, an office dedicated to the confrontation of theory and academic practice with design and construction activity. Ricardo is Professor at the School of Architecture of Barcelona, and has been Visiting Professor and Lecturer in universities around the world.

Salvi Plaja Miró
Design Director for Simon group, Barcelona

Salvi Plaja Miró, design director for SIMON Holding and Fluvia, he has an extense experience in the industrial design field. Under his leadership, SIMON has been widely awarded both in national and international contests including the Premios Nacionales de Diseño 2016 awarded by the Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad, the IF Gold Design Award, the Red Dot Awards, the Premios Delta, and the Premi Catalunya d’Ecodisseny 2015.

2020 edition

The international jury is made up of professionals from various disciplines. Their profiles are diverse, forming a transversal jury of European and Mexican origin, from the sectors of interior design, lighting design, architecture, audiovisuals, and including consolidated professionals and emerging talent.

2016: Ilka Ruby (RubyPress, architect, Berlin), Carlos Ferrater (OAB, Doctor of Architecture, Barcelona), Camilla van Deurs (Gehl-Making Cities for People, architect, Copenhagen), Albert Moya (film director, Barcelona-New York), Salvi Plaja (director of design in Simon, Barcelona).

2018: Davide Rapp (architect and video maker, Milan), Cecilia Tham (MOBMakers, Barcelona-Hong Kong), Ricardo Flores (Flores & Prats, Buenos Aires-Barcelona), Frida Escobedo (architecture workshop, Mexico), Salvi Plaja (director of design in Simon, Barcelona).

jury members

ANUPAMA KUNDOO
Architect

Chairwoman.
Kundoo is an Indian architect internationally known for her research and experimental work on materials and architecture with low environmental impact, which fits the socioeconomic context and is sustainable in all its aspects. She is one of the most prominent exponents of a new generation of architects concerned with habitat. Currently Professor at FH Potsdam she has taught previously in TU Berlin, AA School of Architecture London, Parsons New School of Design New York, University of Queensland Brisbane, IUAV Venice, ETSAB Barcelona and UCJC Madrid.

DEAN SKIRA
Lighting Designer

Skira is a Croatian lighting designer who has won important awards and has captured international media attention thanks to his lighting design projects, art installations and product design. He maintains that “the light is not for architecture but for the people who live in it”. Therefore, its lighting solutions, creative and efficient, revolve around how the user feels using space and experiencing architecture.

ANA LUISA SOARES
Architect

Soares is an architect trained in Porto and Tokyo and co-founder of Fala Atelier. This young architecture studio works with methodic optimism on a wide range of projects, from territories to birdhouses. This are a medley of formal languages, references, quotations, and themes, and the results are both hedonic and post-modern, intuitive and rhetorical. In addition, Ana Luisa is regularly invited as a teacher, guest critic or lecturer.

LOUISE LEMOINE
Filmmaker

Lemoine is a video-artist, producer and publisher based in Paris and partnered with Ila Bêka for the past 15 years. Their research focus on experimenting new narrative and cinematographic forms in relation to architecture and urban environment and more specifically on how the built environment shapes and influences our daily life. The New York Times presented them as “cult figures in the European architecture world”.

VICTOR JAIME
Architect

Jaime is a Mexican architect co-founder of Productora, which work is characterized by an emphasis on precise geometries, generating legible projects with clear gestures and the search for timeless buildings in their material and programmatic resolutions. Productora has stood out especially for the development of public projects that range from cultural centers to a temporary pavilion in Mexico City.

SALVI PLAJA
Industrial Designer

Plaja, design director of SIMON Holding, has an extense experience in the industrial design field. Under his leadership, SIMON has been widely awarded both in national and international contests including the Premios Nacionales de Diseño 2016 awarded by the Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad, the IF Gold Design Award, the Red Dot Awards, the Premios Delta, and the Premi Catalunya d’Ecodisseny 2015.