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Thursday, September 21, 2017
13/09/2017

Zhang Ke, Alvar Aalto Medal 2017

 
The Chinese architect Zhang Fe, founder of the firm ZAO/standardarchitecture, has been distinguished with the Alvar Aalto Medal, given by the Museum of Finnish Architecture, the Finnish Association of Architects (SAFA), the Architectural Society, the Alvar Aalto Foundation, and the City of Helsinki. The jury, chaired by Toshiko Mori, praises his resistance to China’s rapid urbanization as well as his efforts to offer a different viewpoint. Born in 1970, Zhang Ke uses building materials and techniques rooted in local tradition, upholding conservation over demolition and pursuing harmony of landscape and architecture.

The medal has been awarded intermittently thirteen times since 1967, in recognition of entire careers of architects and their contributions to the field. Previous winners include James Stirling, Jørn Utzon, Tadao Ando, Álvaro Siza, Glenn Murcutt, Steven Holl, and Nieto Sobejano.
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