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Academy praises artistic architecture

Chilean-born Smiljan Radić received this year’s Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize. Photographed is the Bio Bio Regional Theater in Concepción, Chile. Photo by Iwan Baan
Chilean-born Smiljan Radić received this year’s Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize. Photographed is the Bio Bio Regional Theater in Concepción, Chile.
Photo © Iwan Baan

The American Academy of Arts and Letters has announced the recipients of its 2018 architecture awards, selecting five winners from a group of 32 individuals and/or practices nominated by members of the academy.

This year’s recipients are:
Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize

  • Smiljan Radić.

Arts and Letters Awards in Architecture

  • Brad Cloepfil;
  • Mass Design Group;
  • Cassim Shepard; and
  • William Stout.

This year’s winners were determined by jurors Annabelle Selldorf (chair), Kenneth Frampton, Steven Holl, Thom Mayne, 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.

The awards will be presented at the American Academy of Arts and Letters ceremonial event in New York City. Additionally, the winners’ work will be featured at the academy’s galleries on Audubon Terrace in New York.

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