Academy celebrates artistic architecture

Nader Tehrani, Iranian-American designer and educator, is the recipient of this year’s Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Photo courtesy John Horner
Nader Tehrani, Iranian-American designer and educator, is the recipient of this year’s Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Photo courtesy John Horner

Iranian-American designer and educator Nader Tehrani received this year’s Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. This year’s recipients include five winners selected from a group of 34 individuals and/or practices nominated by members of the academy.

The recipients for the 2020 Arts and Letters Awards in Architecture are:

  • Bade Stageberg Cox;
  • Jonathan Tate;
  • Kevin Lippert; and
  • John Ochsendorf.

This year’s winners were determined by jurors Annabelle Selldorf (chair), Peter Eisenman, Steven Holl, James Polshek, Billie Tsien, and Tod Williams.

The academy’s annual architecture awards began in 1955 with the inauguration of the Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize; the accolades have since expanded to include four Arts and Letters Awards. The Memorial Prize awards $20,000 to an architect of any nationality who has made a significant contribution to architecture as an art, while the Arts and Letters Awards give $10,000 to Americans who explore ideas in architecture through any medium of expression.

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