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MCHAP 2018 Finalists Announced


At an event on July 29, 2018 in Detroit Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize (MCHAP) Director Dirk Denison and 2018 MCHAP Jury Chair Ricky Burdett announced the six finalists for the 2018 Americas Prize. 

IMS Paulista, Andrade Morettin Arquitetos Associados, São Paulo, Brazil

This multi-level, stacked cultural building with galleries, library, and cinema on São Paulo’s iconic Paulista Avenue brings the public and pedestrian experience into the structure.

Edificio E, University of Piura, Barclay & Crousse Architecture, Piura, Peru

Set within a dry savannah landscape in the north of Peru, this new university building creates a compact and complex network of interconnected classrooms, offices, and open spaces specifically designed to accommodate students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

SESC 24 de Maio, Paulo Mendes da Rocha and MMBB Arquitetos, São Paulo, Brazil

Shoehorned into a tight site at the heart of São Paulo’s dense but fragile historic center, this institution offers leisure, sports, and medical facilities—including a rooftop swimming pool—to members of its progressive trade association, all connected by a generous 11-story ramp open to all.

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture ,Freelon Adjaye Bond / Smith Group, Washington, DC, USA

Responding with dignity to the Washington Monument and neighboring historic structures, the slanted copper screens of this new museum embrace a deep, multi-level experience for visitors to this site of pilgrimage for African American culture.

Teopanzolco Cultural Center, PRODUCTORA and Isaac Broid, Cuernavaca, Mexico

Adjacent to a Pre-Hispanic pyramid, the sloping roofs of this new sand-colored cultural center enclose an 800-seat auditorium and performance spaces, offering views of the historic site and city beyond.

True North,  Edwin Chan / EC3, Detroit, USA

An innovative use of industrial Quonset corrugated galvanized steel structures creates a sequence of dynamic external and internal spaces providing affordable accommodation to a new generation of urban pioneers in Detroit’s fragile inner-city communities.


The 2018 Americas Prize recognizes the best built work in the Americas completed between January 2016 and