Italcementi Award for Architecture by Women

                 Italcementi Award for Architecture by Women

  PR Newswire

  BANGALORE, March 13, 2013

BANGALORE, March 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

- Architect Carla Juaçaba Wins the arcVision Prize - Women and Architecture

- Special Mentions for Architects From Spain - Ms Izaskun Chinchilla, India -
Ms Anupama Kundoo, Estonia - Ms Siiri Vallne

Brazilian Architect Carla Juaçaba has been named as the winner of the first
arcVision Prize - Women and Architecture, an international social architecture
award for female designers instituted by the Italcementi Group.

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The winner was chosen by a Jury composed of Shaikha Al Maskari (Member of the
Steering Committee of the Arab International Women's Forum-AIWF), Vera Baboun
(Mayor of Bethlehem), Odile Decq (head of the ODBC architectural firm),
Victoire de Margerie (Chairman Rondol Technology), Yvonne Farrell (with
Shelley McNamara head of the Grafton Architects architectural firm), Samia
Nkrumah (President of the Kwame Nkrumah Pan African Center), Kazuyo Sejima
(with Ryue Nishizawa head of the SANAA architectural firm), Benedetta
Tagliabue (founder with Enric Miralles of the EMBT architectural firm), Martha
Thorne (Director Pritzker Prize). The Jury met in Bergamo on March 6-7, 2013,
and was assisted by the Scientific Director of the Prize, Stefano Casciani.

The Jury also awarded three Special Mentions, to Izaskun Chinchilla from Spain
for her non-conventional approach, Anupama Kundoo from India for her skill in
researching materials, and Siiri Vallner from Estonia for her sensitive
interpretation of spaces .

The Prize winner was announcedon 7th March evening in Bergamo at i.lab, the
Italcementi research and innovation centre recently completed from a project
by Richard Meier and one of the first buildings in Europe with LEED Platinum
certification, the top international recognition for sustainable construction.

Carla Juaçaba, 37-year-old Brazilian architect, trained at Santa Ursula
University in Rio de Janeiro (1999) is the first winner of the arcVision Prize
- Women and Architecture by unanimous decision of the Jury.

Born in 1976, since 2000, Carla Juaçaba developed her independent practice of
architecture and research based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Her most exciting
project in this research area, the Umanidade 2012 pavilion for Rio Mas 20 (the
UN conference on sustainable development), was designed and built together
with an artist, Bia Lessa, who also developed the design concept. The symbolic
value of the pavilion, an impermanent structure, is heightened by the fact
that Rio Mas 20 was an important opportunity for a global assessment of what
is being done or not being done to save the Earth from environmental disaster.
The best is achieved with low-cost, easily dismantled and continually
recyclable constructions.

Carla Juaçaba embodies those qualities necessary in an architect of courage in
approaching her profession, creativity in seeking unconventional solutions and
enormous sensitivity to the context in which her works will reside. The Jury
praised the functionality and appropriateness in her proposals to make sure
that they fully serve their purpose, and do so contributing to the beauty and
quality of life of those who will use and inhabit her buildings. The Jury felt
she embodies a "complete" architect, embracing all aspects of each
commission:- context, environment, nature, parameters, materials.

When we telephoned the winner, she said, "I am extremely pleased, I wasn't
expecting it, I didn't know which approach the Jury would choose and what they
would have given importance to. I think it is really special to have thought
of a Prize only for women. I was never 'invited' to all the work I've done so
far. I have always had to struggle to prove that I was capable. I'm not saying
this just because I am a woman, but I think that for us it is a little more
complicated. So it is really great to have such a Prize to highlight this
effort, because all work requires hard work. I am really very excited."

The arcVision Prize is intended as a contribution to the development of a
sustainability culture sensitive to women and to women's specific approach to
architecture, with special attention to people, the town and the environment.
Contemporary architecture has fostered the development of an increasingly
important role for female designers. The emergence of new female architects is
one of the most interesting social and cultural trends in project design in
the construction sector.

"With this award we want to highlight the growing importance that female
designers have been assuming in architecture in recent years and pay tribute
to a "positive discrimination" in favor of women," said Italcementi CEO Carlo
Pesenti. "Hopefully, in sectors traditionally governed by men, women will come
to assume a central role and overcome every form of discrimination or
exclusion from decision making and production. Men and business need the
energy and sensitivity of women to grow and achieve ever greater results."

The aim of the arcVision Prize is to recognize every year a female architect
whose research and design work displays significant qualitative excellence and
attention to the core issues of construction - technology, sustainability,
social and cultural implications - with preference for women working in
conditions of particular complexity in terms of type of project and local
conditions. The nominees were selected by a group of professionals indicated
by advisors and then assessed by a technical-cultural commission, who made the
final selection of nominees and presented them to the international Jury.

The 2013 short-list of finalists consisted of 19 designers from 15 countries:
Brazil, Egypt, Estonia, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Poland,
Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, and USA.

The nominees for the Prize were required:

- To have designed at least one significant work that has been constructed (or
is under construction) in the area of social infrastructures (education,
healthcare, culture, information, general services), presenting substantially
innovative solutions and values from a functional and technical viewpoint,
with particular attention to sustainability.

- Ideally to have performed research - in the field or at academic level - on
the development of innovative solutions in construction systems.

The Prize is a two-week research workshop at i.lab, the Italcementi Group R&D
Center in Bergamo, and an amount of   € 50,000, part of which may be
devolved to social projects, at the discretion of the winner .

On the completion of the workshop, the winner will recount her experience in a
lecture delivered at i.lab, during Milan Design Week, as part of the new
series of Italcementi Group "Millennium" meetings with the world of

Details of the winner:

1. Ms  Carla Juaçaba -  RIO DE JANEIRO ,  BRAZIL -

Honourable mentions:

1. Ms Anupama Kundoo  -  INDIA

2. Ms Izaskun Chinchilla -

3. Ms Siiri Vallne -

4. Details of Jury Members -

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producer in the world and the biggest in the Mediterranean region. Zuari
Cement's steady growth has seen the company emerge as a Brand leader in the
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companies combine the expertise, knowhow and cultures of 21 countries in 4
continents, boasting an industrial network of 51 cement plants, 10 grinding
centres, 7 terminals, 449 concrete batching units and with an overall staff of
about 20,000 people. In 2012 Italcementi Group had sales amounting to about
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