Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) College of Architecture Dean Wiel Arets, Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize (MCHAP) Director Dirk Denison and MCHAP 2014/15 Jury President Stan Allen announced the MCHAP 2014/15 Finalists at an event held in Museo Tamayo, Mexico City the evening of June 23rd.
The MCHAP Jury announced the finalists for the MCHAP 2014/15, recognizing the best built works of architecture in the Americas realized from January 2014 through December 2015, during the jury tour of the finalist sites. The tour includes visits with members of the MCHAP Network of architects, academics, and schools and is part of a strategy to build a vibrant network that unites architects working in the Americas and opens the discourse with others around the world.
Finalists Projects and Cities
Sao Paulo, Brazil Weekend House by Angelo Bucci
Lima, Peru UTEC Campus by Grafton Architects
Lima, Peru Pachacamac Museum by Llosa Cortegana
Mexico City, Mexico Tower 41 by Alberto Kalach
Los Angeles, California, US Star Apartments by Michael Maltzan
New Canaan, Connecticut, US Grace Farms by SANAA
Toronto, Ontario, Canada Fort York National Historic Site Visitor Centre by Patkau Architects / Kearns Mancini Architects
The MCHAP 2014/15 Jury, after visiting the Fort York Visitor Centre and conferring with the architects and clients, has delayed the nomination of this work to the next cycle, MCHAP 2016/17, to allow for the commencement of its programming and for the maturation of its landscape and integration into the surrounding neighborhood.
MCHAP is a biennial prize that acknowledges the best built works of architecture in the Americas. MCHAP.emerge is the corresponding biennial prize for the best built work from an emerging architecture practice. MCHAP was created by Dean Wiel Arets who, in his 2013 inaugural address, offered “Rethinking Metropolis” as a strategic device for the college, for research, for the development of knowledge and skills, for taking part in design exercises, for debate, and for making. Dean Arets outlined his plan for a revitalized curriculum in NOWNESS, a publication in which he announced MCHAP among other initiatives. MCHAP was officially launched in February 2014 at an event hosted by Phyllis Lambert at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal and which featured Kenneth Frampton, President of the inaugural MCHAP Jury.