The awards

In keeping with the motto “Fostering the seminally significant, spreading substantiated knowledge”, the Schelling Architecture Foundation grants the Schelling Architecture Awards for Architecture and Architectural Theory once every two years.

Architecture can be understood as a discipline that connects cultures and one in which the artistic imagination acts on social, economic, technological, and political processes. As such, architecture serves as a social medium for integration, and it has a lasting effect on the quality and the cultural significance of our constructed environment. The Schelling architecture awards are effective in this broad understanding of architecture with their perpetually contemporary orientation as drivers of new tendencies related to designing our environment.

The awards recognise future-oriented developments in architecture as well as incisive accomplishments in architectural theory. An international jury comprised of 7 individuals convenes in order to select a winner. The awards have a total endowment of 30,000 euros. Ever since the establishment of the foundation by Trude Schelling-Karrer and Heinrich Klotz, the awards have been conferred at an official ceremony at the foundation’s head office in Karlsruhe.

Architecture- and Theoryprizes

1992 COOP HB and Werner Durth

1994 Zaha Hadid and Wolfgang Pehnt

1996 Peter Zumthor and Nikolaus Kuhnert

1998 Sauerbruch Hutton /Busse Geitner and Stanislaus von Moos

2000 Kazuyo Sejima and Martin Steinmann

2004 raumlabor Förster Baldenius and Manuel Castells

2006 Lacaton & Vassal and Werner Sewing

2008 Jensen Skodvin and Friedrich Achleitner

2010 Wang Shu, Lu Wenyu AAS and Jean-Louis Cohen

2012 AL BORDE and Kenneth Frampton

2014 Diébédo Francis Kéré and Juhani Pallasmaa

2016 De Vylder Vinck Taillieu and Doug Saunders

2018 ROTOR and Keller Easterling

2020 Lina Ghotmeh and Itohan Osayimwese

2022 Sophie Delhay and Paola Vigano

Medals 2004-2010

2004 Nikolaus Bienefeld / Beate Holmebakk / Andreas Hild

2006 Patrick Keiller, London / Mike Davies LA

2008 A. Aravena / T. Bernhard / Sergison Bates Architects und Nikolaus Kohler / Uta Hassler

2010 Tom Heatherwick / Knapkiewicz Fickert / Jürg Conzett / Richard Kroeker

Nominations from 2012

2012 AFF Martin und Sven Fröhlich/ Tom Emerson&Stephanie Macdonald/ Al Borde

2014 Anna Heringer / Carla Juacaba / Diébédo Francis Kéré

2016 Architecten de Vylder Finck Taillieu / Atelier Kempe Till / Rozana Montiel

2018 Aristide Antonas / Bruther / Rotor

2020 Lina Ghotmeh / TEd’A Arquitectes / XuTiantian DnA

2022 Sophie Delhay / LaCol Architecture / SummaCumFemmer