Jimenez Lai winner of the Lisbon Triennale Début Award

A provoking approach to formalism lends

by eleonora usseglio prinsi
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LISBON ARCHITECTURE TRIENNALE _ Jimenez Lai, founder of Chicago-based Bureau Spectacular was announced as the winner of the first Lisbon Triennale Millennium BCP Début Award for architects under 35. The announcement took place at Lisbon’s Electricity Museum, on the evening of September 12, marking the first day of the opening week of Close, Closer.


The award was presented by Fernando Nogueira, President of Millennium BCP, following a welcome address by José Mateus, chairman of the Lisbon Triennale and Beatrice Galilee, Chief Curator of Close, Closer.

One of three international initiatives (two awards and one open call) launched by Close, Closer to broaden participation and showcase innovative, boundary-pushing talent in this year’s Triennale, the Début Award distinguishes a young architect or studio under 35 on outstanding work, development of original design thinking and the pursuit of critical ideas with a monetary prize of €5,000.




Beatrice Galilee applauded the work of the jury, who narrowed the more than 180 entries of outstanding quality from around the world to a shortlist of ten finalists whose “Range and originality, substance and quality are testament of a vibrant new generation of practitioners shaping the discipline”.

Début Award Shortlist:
Assemble, London, UK
Atelier Hirschbichler, Zurich, CH
FALA, Porto, PT
Frida Escobedo Studio, Mexico DF, MX
Gruppe, Zurich, CH
Léopold Lambert, New York, US
SAMI, Setúbal, PT
SO-IL, New York, US

Jimenez Lai was chosen for the originality and range of his body of work, whose uncompromising and thought-provoking approach to formalism lends it an exploratory vein that, in the words of the jury, is crucial to the future of architecture.

THIRD EDITION LISBON ARCHITECTURE TRIENNALE: 12 Sep – 15 Dec 2013

Campo de Santa Clara 142-145, PT1100-474 Lisboa

http://www.close-closer.com

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