Amanda Levete has won the 2018 AJ/AR Jane Drew Prize, whose previous recipients include Zaha Hadid and Denise Scott Brown. Meanwhile, OMA co-founder and artist Madelon Vriesendorp has won the 2018 Ada Louise Huxtable Prize.
Levete is the seventh winner of the revitalised Jane Drew Prize, an award recognising an architectural designer who, through their work and commitment to design excellence, has raised the profile of women in architecture.
She first made her name as half of Future Systems, a practice she ran with her then-husband Jan Kaplický with whom she designed the Lord’s Media Centre, winner of the 1999 RIBA Stirling Prize, as well as the futuristic Birmingham Selfridges.
She started her solo career less than a decade ago, setting up AL_A. The practice is best known for Lisbon’s Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology, which opened in 2016, and the V&A’s new courtyard and Sainsbury Gallery, which opened last year. Both projects feature complex ceramic tiling and open public spaces, reflecting Levete’s fascination with the sensuality of materials and her concern for the provision of social space in cities.
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