Results of the Baku International Architecture Award


Category A, First Prize Winner: Katherine Otten, Wits Rural Facility Bushbuck Ridge, South Africa

The Fourth Edition of the Baku International Architecture Award has been successfully concluded. The open, biennial award, organised by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Union of Architects of Azerbaijan, is endorsed by the International Union of Architects (UIA). The Award recognises projects, both theoretical and completed, that exemplify excellent design practices and responsible planning, design and development.

This 2019 edition of the Award was especially significant because it was organised in conjunction with the UIA International Forum, “Mass Tourism in Historic Cities,” which took place in Baku from 7-9 June 2019. In keeping with the themes of the Forum, the Fourth Baku International Award focused on facilities for accommodating tourists, the development, protection and preservation of cultural heritage sites, and the rehabilitation of existing buildings and sites for the purposes of tourism.

The International Jury, chaired by UIA Past President Vassilis Sgoutas (Greece), was composed of Esa Mohamed (Malaysia), UIA Immediate Past President, Catherine Jacquot (France), Immediate Past President of CNOA , Vity Nsalambi (Angola), Chair of the Education Commission of the Africa Union of Architects and Elbay Gasimzada (France), Chairman of the Union of Architects of Azerbaijan.

The Jury, which met on 8-9 June 2019 in Baku, awarded prizes in 6 categories as follows:

A - Best implemented project in the architecture of tourist facilities:
* 1st Prize - Wits Rural Facility Bushbuck Ridge by Katherine Mare? Otten (South Africa)
* 2nd Prize - Pottery Workshops by Hamdy EL-Setouhy (Egypt)
* 3rd Prize - Yan'an Baota Mountain Tourist Center by Zhuang Weimin (China)
* 3rd Prize - Svaneti Museum of History and Ethnography by Kiknadze Grigol (Georgia)
* Recognition certificate - Network of Converted Traditional Houses and Luxury Resorts in Amami Islands by Yasuhiro Yamashita (Japan).

B - Best project undertaken in the field of rehabilitation and reconstruction of historic buildings and sites:
* 1st Prize - Marionettes Theatre by a group of architects led by Tarana Bakirova (Azerbaijan)
* 2nd Prize - Swahili Dreams by Urko Sanchez (Kenya)
* 3rd Prize - An Urban Edge as an Urban Gallery by Mohsen Noruzvand (Iran)
* Recognition certificate - Rehabilitation of Craftsmen Row and Reconstruction of Executioner Bastion Area by Martin Drahovsky (Slovakia)
* Recognition certificate - The Dovecote Granary by Tiago do Vale (Portugal)

C - Best implemented restoration of historic interiors:
* 1st Prize - The Three Cusps Chalet by Tiago do Vale (Portugal)

D - Best implemented rehabilitation of a site in the field of landscape architecture:
* 1st Prize - Ranchen Nunnery Tsum Valley Himalayan Region in Nepal by Soong Meow Sin Mel (Malaysia)
* 2nd Prize - Iconic Recovery in Pajarete by Carlos Quevedo Rojas (Spain)
* 3rd Prize – Father Collins Park by Fernando Abelleyro & Mauro Romero Architects (Argentina)

E - Best project in the field of restoration and reconstruction of buildings:
* 1st Prize - Common Ruins - Mothe Chandaniers by Tavares Joao (Portugal)
* 2nd Prize - Baghdad Design Center by Islam El Mashtooly (UAE)
* 2nd Prize - From restoration to new life by Babakishiyev Rasim and Miralayev Fahraddin (Azerbaijan)
* 3rd Prize - Slide in Time Restoration of Atalantis Mines by Tsampikos Petras (Greece)
* Recognition certificate - Syria Silkroad Hotel by Joanlin Au (Hong Kong)
* Recognition certificate - The Market Town Hotel by Marco Berenthz/Norron (Denmark)

F - Best publication in the field of the use of historical heritage for tourism purposes:
* 1st Prize - Main Principles of Research, Preservation and Restoration of Architectural Memorials by Tofiq Shakihanov (Azerbaijan)
* 2nd Prize - The Maiden Tower of Baku by Qiyasi Jafar (Azerbaijan)
* 3rd Prize - Mosque Architecture in Bangladesh by Abu Sayeed M. Ahmed (Bangladesh)

The International Union of Architects (UIA) is an international non-governmental organisation based in Paris. Established in 1948, it is the only organisation representing architects across the globe working to unify architects, influence public policies on construction and development, and advance architecture in service to the needs of society.


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