Inspireli Awards, the premier global contest for aspiring architects and designers, has announced the winners of its sixth edition.
The International Union of Architects (UIA), the organizers of the competition, announced competitors from Italy, Japan and Iran as winners of the top three places in its 2016 edition. The competition is one of the most successful talent contests for young and budding architects and designers in the world, says its website uia-architects.org.
The third place was shared by Somayeh Ravanshad, PhD in Architecture from Tehran Azad University, Iran, and Magdalena Trobinger from Italy.
Ravanshad designed ‘Azarbaijan Square,’ the “largest square in the Middle East.” Her design reflects the mountainous structure of Iran’s Azarbaijan region, in particular Tabriz, capital of East Azarbaijan Province. The concept is conveyed with numerous vertical elements rhythmically arranged across the square.
Trobinger is a graduate of University of Innsbruck, Faculty of Architecture in Austria, and presented a deconstructionist design of a building.
The contest was attended by 1,052 competitors from more than 300 universities in 99 countries.
Participants submitted over 2,900 photo designs online and received 25,626 votes in all, and 50 competitors from 37 universities in 25 countries were chosen in the final round.
Jury of 55 Architects
The three winners were selected by a jury of 55 top architects from 6 continents. A competitor from France won the highest public vote.
Giacomo Garziano from University of Florence in Italy bagged the first place with 33 votes. He is the founder of GG-loop, an architecture office, established in 2014 in Amsterdam. His winning project ‘Altamura IT,’ is a visionary refurbishment by GG-loop which turned an old house in Altamura, southern Italy, into a place for the arts, multisensory events and exhibitions.
Daiki Watanabe from Musashino Art University (MAU) in Japan won the second place with 28 votes for his designs of a station, a department and a museum.
Said Belmir, graduate of Faculte d’Architecture La Cambra Horta in Belgium, who has participated in the competition as a French competitor, was announced the winner of the highest number of public votes. His winning design was a showroom, showing the interior and façade of a store belonging to Annemie Verbeke, a famous fashion brand in Belgium.
The UIA is a non-governmental organization, a global federation of national associations of architects that are its members. From the 27 delegations present at its founding assembly in Lausanne, Switzerland, in 1948, the UIA has grown to encompass key professional organizations of architects in 124 countries and now represents close to 1.3 million architects worldwide.