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A new architecture competition at the Académie des Beaux-Arts

By 10 February 2023June 13th, 2023No Comments

On 12 January, applications opened for a new architecture competition organised by the Académie des Beaux-Arts, which will reward innovative projects that are in tune with current issues.

In the spirit of the prestigious Prix de Rome, the Académie des Beaux-Arts has completely redesigned its architecture prize. A new competition created this year will honour four different innovative projects every two years, alternating with the Grand Prix d’architecture, which rewards the career of an architect.

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A competition anchored in its time

In gestation since 2020, this new competition is aimed at architects wishing to create and implement projects consistent with today’s environmental challenges. By highlighting this new, responsible approach, the Académie des Beaux-Arts is targeting a generation of young architects. It will reward the four projects that best represent contemporary and current ways of conceiving and creating architecture today. The selected candidates will be invited to develop their projects throughout the year, at the end of which each of the teams will present their work in an exhibition at the Pavillon Comtesse in Caen.

For this first edition, candidates will be working on the theme Ecritures ; the aim being to present an innovative project, in phase with the current climatic and digital upheavals that are questioning our daily lives and leading architects to design differently. The competition, for which entries close on March 15, 2023, will feature a wide range of approaches and diversity.

A first edition that makes its mark

The jury will include two qualified personalities, including the winner of the Grand Prix d’architecture 2022, as well as representatives of the Beaux-Arts architecture department.The prize is the “Prix Charles Abella”, worth 20,000 euros for the winning team, and 5,000 euros for the three runners-up. The awards will be presented under the dome of the Institut de France at the traditional and emblematic Académie des Beaux-arts awards ceremony in January 2024, bringing this young competition into the prestige of the Beaux-Arts institution.

Source: Académie des Beaux-Arts