Winner of the sixth edition 2017-2018
Winner of the fifth edition 2015-2016
José María Sánchez García
Winner of the fourth edition 2013-2014
Studio Mumbai Architects
Winner of the third edition 2011-2012
Diébédo Francis Kéré
Winner of the second edition 2009-2010
Winner of the first edition 2007-2008
The Swiss Architectural Award is promoted by the Swiss Architectural Foundation in association with Università della Svizzera italiana– Accademia di architettura, Mendrisio and with the support of the Fondazione Teatro dell’Architettura and the Fondazione per le Facoltà di Lugano dell’Università della Svizzera italiana.
The award is aimed at recognizing and spotlighting architects from all over the world that, through their own work, have made a significant contribution to contemporary architecture by showing a peculiar sensitivity to the environment.
The prize amounts to 100,000 Swiss francs (CH). Every 2 years, it is awarded to architects aged less than 50 who have realized at least 3 important artworks. An international committee of consultants selected among undeniably famous architects and architecture critics presents candidates to the jury.
The Swiss Architectural Foundation
The Swiss Architectural Foundation – new denomination of the BSI Architectural Foundation – is located in Lugano, at the Università della Svizzera italiana (USI). The foundation is active in the promotion of knowledge, training and research in the architectural field and aims at facilitating the collaboration between Università della Svizzera italiana – Accademia di architettura, Mendrisio and the Federal Institutes of Technology in Zurich (Architecture department D-ARCH, ETHZ) and Lausanne (Institut d’Architecture, EPFL).
The Foundation provides for the creation of the Swiss Architectural Award: an international architecture award held every two years, which promotes an architecture that is attentive to the current ethical, aesthetic and environmental issues, thus encouraging public debate.
Charles Kleiber is the chairman of the Foundation.