Austin Firm Garners International Award Miró Rivera Architects’ Pedestrian Bridge was among three projects receiving toptier recognition in the 2006 The Architectural Review Awards for Emerging Architecture. Considered the best international award for young architects, the annual program celebrates the work of designers under the age of 45 who are at the start of their independent careers. Last year’s competition attracted entries from more than 50 countries with $10,000 in prize money. That amount will be shared equally by the three design teams whose projects were selected as “Prize Winners.” Pedestrian Bridge was the only entry from the U.S. to win an award. In all, 26 projects were recognized with three levels of awards. The two other projects honored as “Prize Winners” were Children’s Treatment Centre in Hokkaido, Japan, by Sou Fujimoto Architect, and Handmade School in Rudrapur, Bangladesh, by the German team of Anna Heringer and Eike Roswag. The AR Awards are for built or manufactured work, which can range across the spectrum
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of design activity, from landscapes and urban spaces to furniture and cutlery. Jury criteria includes sensitivity to genius loci, awareness of ecological implications, constructional ingenuity, sensitive understanding of materials, and inventiveness in handling space and light. The awards were announced Nov. 30 at the Royal Institute of British Architects in London. Projects honored in the competition were published in the December edition of The Architectural Review. The article on Miró Rivera’s Pedestrian Bridge describes the project as “…a highly poetic structure that mimics and merges with nature” and notes that it is “…responsive and respectful but with its own distinct architectural integrity…” The article also recognizes Chuck Naeve of Austin-based Architectural Engineers Collaborative as a key member of the project team. Miró Rivera’s work will be exhibited at the RIBA in London through the end of February. In addition, firm principals Juan Miró, AIA, and Miguel Rivera, AIA, will travel to London in February to lecture as part of the RIBA’s Emerging Architecture Series 2007.
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Featured in the May/June 2006 Texas Architect, Miró Rivera’s Pedestrian Bridge was also honored with a 2006 TSA Design Award.
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