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The 2021 International Architecture Award Winners
The 2021 International Architecture Award Winners
The Chicago Athenaeum Unveils Over 130 of the Best-Designed Buildings and Landscapes from Around the World—Winners of the 2021 International Architecture Awards

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (AUGUST 17, 2021) — Some of the best architecture from 35 nations by today’s foremost practices is revealed as The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design announces the winners of The International Architecture Awards for 2021, celebrating buildings and landscapes to have been completed across the world between 2019 and 2021.

A new Apple Store in Singapore by Foster + Partners, a new residential high-rise in Spain by Pininfarina SpA., a sports arena in Germany by Behnisch Architekten, a new university building in New York by Rafael Viñoly Architects, a collection of new skyscrapers by Kohn Pedersen Fox in Shanghai, New York, Singapore, and Bangkok, a new financial center in Guangdong by Aedas, a dynamic new museum renovated from an old blast furnace by CCTN Architectural Design Co. Ltd., an adaptive-reuse of a Berlin apartment complex by Tchoban Voss Architekten GmbH, a new mosque in Algiers by KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten, an urban park in Qatar by AECOM, a new airport in Singapore by Safdie Architects, charging stations by GRAFT, student housing in Miami by Arquitectonica, a deconstructed retail store in China by Office of Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), a new London performance space for ballet by Glenn Howells Architects, and new transportation centers by Grimshaw Architects, ASPECT, Woods Bagot, and John McAslan and Partners head the list of awarded projects for 2021.

Organized by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, the 2021 International Architecture Awards are the world’s oldest and most prestigious global architecture awards for the world’s best new buildings and urban planning projects from over 35 nations.

Founded in 2005, these Awards for International Excellence demonstrate how buildings and urban planning projects worldwide stretch the boundaries of architecture, irrespective of style, complexity, and size of both scheme and budget.

“For over 16 years, The Chicago Athenaeum’s global architecture awards champion buildings that change the world,” states Christian Narkiewicz-Laine,” Museum President/CEO of The Chicago Athenaeum.

“The International Awards for Excellence are presented to an ambitious and diverse range of projects from a wide range of established and upcoming architects’ practices. It is particularly important to be considering excellence in architecture at this time—in this fast-changing world, where governments, clients and society need the skills and insight of architects.”

“These global awards show how well-considered, well-delivered and well-performing architecture has the immense potential to improve lives and communities. We are very pleased to be able to celebrate some of the most innovative, ingenious and impactful architecture in the world —designed by some of the most talented architects of our time.”

For 2021, a 400-strong shortlist had been selected from over 800 entries from 46 countries ranging from China and Canada to México, Singapore, and the UAE.

Entries included new housing, offices, transport, health and schools to civic and community, sports, religion, libraries, private homes, culture, and production energy and preservation, recycling, renovation, with entries representing the most beautiful and evocative to the most innovative in contemporary architecture.

This year’s selected buildings and urban planning projects are from 35 nations including: Algeria, Austria, Australia, Azerbaijan, Brazil, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, México, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, The UAE, United Kingdom, The United States, and Uruguay, Vietnam.

The 2021 “Super” Jury for Awards consisting of leading architects, designers, and critics selected the over 130 winning projects:

• Claudia Doná, Design and Architecture Critic, Milan

• Michael Grove, Chair of Landscape Architecture, Sasaki Associates, Inc.

• Flavio Manzoni, Senior Vice President - Ferrari Design, Ferrari SpA

 Vivian Lee, New York Studio Executive Director, Woods Bagot

• Dominic Dunn, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, PC.

• Micael Calatrava, Calatrava International LLC.

The 130 plus awarded projects for 2021 include:


Pahl+Weber-Pahl Architekten BDA - ZOB Wiesdorf, Leverkusen, Germany
Safdie Architects - Jewel Changi Airport, Singapore, Republic of Singapore
Woods Bagot and John McAslan + Partners - Sydney Central Station, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Grimshaw Architects with ASPECT Studios - Sydney CBD and South East Light Rail,Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
GRAFT Gesellschaft von Architekten mbH - E.ON Ultra-Fast Charging Stations, Berlin, Germany
FR-EE and Foster + Partners - New International Airport México City, México City, DF., México


Ping Jiang | EID Architecture - LAND Community Center, Xi'an, China


Formwerkz Architects LLP. - Kunming Sales Gallery, Kunming, China
Tzannes - Daramu House, Barangaroo, New South Wales, Australia
MGA | Michael Green Architecture - Catalyst Building, Spokane, Washington, USA
EGA Erik Giudice Architecture - New National Wholesale Market, Nantes, France


A49HD - Warehouse 12, Bangkok, Thailand
Henning Larsen Architects - The Biotope, Lille, France
3XN A/S - cube berlin, Berlin, Germany
RAU Architects - Triodos Bank Headquarters, Driebergen-Rijsenburg, The Netherlands
Form4 Architecture - Innovation Curve, Phase 2, Palo Alto, California, USA
Ricardo Yslas Gámez Arquitectos - Anteus Constructora Headquarters, Zapopan, México


JSWD Architekten GmbH & Co. KG and Chaix & Morel et Associés - House of European History, Brussels, Belgium
CCTN Architectural Design Co., Ltd. - Shougang No. 3 Blast-Furnace Museum, Bejing, China
JKMM Architects - Amos Rex, Helsinki, Finland
Durbach Block Jaggers and John Wardle Architects - Phoenix Central Park, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
CCTN Architectural Design Co., Ltd. - Wenling Museum, Wenling, China
IAPA Pty. Ltd. - OCT West Xianfengdong Cultural Center-Wangzhou and OCAT Xi'an Pavilion, Xi 'an City, Shaanxi Province, China
Atelier Alter Architects - Yingliang Stone Natural History Museum, Beijing, China
Hassell - Geelong Arts Centre, Geelong, Victoria, Australia
Dominique Coulon & associés - Media Library and Park in Pélissanne, Pélissanne, France
Praksis Arkitekter - Maltfabrikken, Ebeltoft, Denmark
Glenn Howells Architects - English National Ballet, London, United Kingdom
Marvel Architects – TheatreSquared, Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA
Alvisi Kirimoto and Harcome - Music Academy of Camerino 'Franco Corelli' - Andrea Bocelli Foudation, Camerino (MC), Italy
Tryba Architects - Buell Public Media Center, Denver, Colorado, USA
CRA-Carlo Ratti Associati - MEET Digital Culture Center, Milan (MI), Italy
Pichler & Traupmann Architekten ZT GmbH - Future Art Lab Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna, Austria


gh3* - Borden Park Natural Swimming Pool, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Ross Barney Architects - Lincoln Park Zoo, Searle Visitor Center, Chicago, Illinois, USA


PMA (PolyMorphArchitects) - Lamborghini Exhibition Center, Zhengzhou, China
Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture - Al Wasl Plaza, Dubai, UAE
Studio Milou Singapore (Pte) Ltd. - Binh Dinh Convention Centre (BDCC), Quy Nhon, Vietnam


PES-Architects Ltd. - Fuzhou Strait Culture and Art Centre (SCAC), Mawei New Town, Fuzhou, China
Diamond Schmitt Architects and KWC Architects Inc. - The Senate of Canada Building, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
FXCollaborative - Ministry of Taxes, Baku, Azerbaijan
Richärd Kennedy Architects - United States Consulate General in Matamoros, Matamoros, México


Berger+Parkkinen Associated Architects - Paracelsus Bad & Kurhaus, Salzburg, Austria
3XN A/S - The North Wing, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, Denmark
Kaunitz Yeung Architecture - Puntukurnu Aboriginal Medical Service Healthcare Hub, Newman, Western Australia, Australia
KPMB Architects and TreanorHL - CAMH Research Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Henning Larsen Architects - Cockle Bay Park, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates PC. - 55 Hudson Yards, New York, New York, USA
Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates PC. - 18 Robinson, Singapore, Republic of Singapore
Aedas - Shaw Tower Redevelopment, Singapore, Republic of Singapore
Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel - La Bella Vita, Taichung, China
Ping Jiang | EID Architecture - Shimao Riverfront D2b Block, Wuhan, China
Goettsch Partners - 110 North Wacker Drive, Chicago, Illinois, USA


Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates PC. - Qiantan Center, Shanghai, China
Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates PC. - Rosewood Bangkok, Bangkok, Thailand
Takenaka Corporation - Miyashita Park, Tokyo, Japan
CaberlonCaroppi Architetti Associati - DoubleTree by Hilton Trieste, Trieste, Italy
IAPA Pty. Ltd. - ZOINA•Taibai Wushanju, Xi 'an City, Shaanxi Province, China
K-Studio - Dexamenes, Kourouta, Peloponnese, Greece
Arab Engineering Bureau - Rosewood Hotel & Branded Residences, Lusail, Qatar
SpActrum - Hotel Nudibranch, Wenzhou, Zhejiang, China


Studio Joseph - Manhattan Animal Adoption Center, New York, New York, USA


Sichuan Langjiu Group Co., Ltd. - The Erlang Liquor Storehouse of Langjiu Estate, Sichuan, China


Adjaye Associates - Thabo Mbeki Presidential Library, Johannesburg, South Africa
Richärd Kennedy Architects - Cruzen-Murray Library, College of Idaho, Caldwell, Idaho, USA
Richärd Kennedy Architects - Asante Library, Surprise, Arizona, USA


Form4 Architecture - The Golden Cage, Black Rock City, Nevada, USA
Gómez Platero - World Memorial to the Pandemic: A Space that Pays Tribute to Life and Nature, Montevideo, Uruguay


Aedas - Hengqin International Financial Center, Zhuhai, Guangdong, China
Ennead Architects LLP. - China Resources Land MixC Park, Shanghai, China
Sweeny&Co Architects Inc. - The Bridge, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Mercurio Design Lab srl. - Indonesia 1, Jakarta, Indonesia


Pininfarina SpA - Liora by Pininfarina, Estepona, Spain
deamicisarchitetti - Residenze Canonica, Milan, Italy
Rhode Partners - The Independent, Austin, Texas, USA
Tchoban Voss Architekten GmbH - Kurfuerstendamm 68, Berlin, Germany
UNITEDLAB Associates LLC. - Hadohilljo Townhouse, Jeju-do, South Korea
Mobile Architectural Office - Charriere, Paris, France
Architects 49 Limited - Santiburi The Residences, Bangkok, Thailand
Arquitectonica - University of Miami Lakeside Village Student Housing, Miami, Florida, USA
SPEECH Tchoban&Kuznetsov - Veren Place Sovetskaya Residential Complex, St Petersburg, Russia


Mino Caggiula Architects - Atelier Trepp, Origlio, Switzerland
William / Kaven Architecture – Royal, Portland, Oregon, USA
CCY Architects - Meadow House, Aspen, Colorado, USA
K-Studio - Villa Mandra, Mykonos, Greece
Mário Martins Atelier de Arquitetura Lda. - Casa das Freiras, Lagos, Portugal
Swatt | Miers Architects - Mystic Ranch, Fairfield, California, USA
Aidlin Darling Design - Art House, San Francisco, California, USA
Architects 49 Limited - 3-Gen House, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Studio Milou Singapore (Pte) Ltd. - Nassim House, Singapore, Republic of Singapore
Coldefy - Residence G, North of France
XTEN Architecture - Skyhouse, Los Angeles, California, USA
FGMF Arquitetos - Cigarra House, Porto Feliz, São Paulo, Brazil
Architects 49 Limited - Kelapa House, Phuket, Thailand
Montalba Architects, Inc. - LR2 Residence Pasadena, California, USA
Montalba Architects, Inc. - Venice Beach House, Venice, California, USA
ONG & ONG Pte. Ltd. - 37FC-House, Singapore, Republic of Singapore


Carrier Johnson + CULTURE - Lyle and Grace Prescott Memorial Prayer Chapel, Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego, California, USA
KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten GmbH - Dajamaa El Djazir - Great Mosque of Algiers, Algiers, Algeria
Han Kook Architects, KACI International - The Soul Forest Doseon-sa Temple, Seoul, South Korea
Waugh Thistleton Architects - Bushey Cemetery, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
Dellekamp/Schleich - Santuario del Señor de Tula, Jojutla, Morelos, México


Foster + Partners - Apple Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, Republic of Singapore
Mario Mazzer Architects - Snaidero USA New York Flagship Showroom, New York, New York, USA
Office of Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) - Galleria Gwanggyo, Suwon-si, Gyeonggido, China
Aedas - Xiangyang OCT Cultural and Tourism Area Joy Town, Xiangyang, China
Laguarda.Low Architects - Grandberry Park, Tokyo, Japan


Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects - Rejuvenation of a Historic Power House, San Francisco, California, USA
Archermit - Bamboo Branch Academy, Yi Bin, China
Mei architects and planners - Fenix I, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
GPY Arquitectos - The New Casa de Los Volcanes Exhibition Space, Haría, Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain
Aidlin Darling Design - Geneva Car Barn & Powerhouse, San Francisco, California, USA
Benjai Architecture - Central China Real Estate Zhumadian Sales Centre, Zhumadian, China
Pei Cobb Freed & Partners - 1271 Avenue of the Americas Recladding and Repositioning, New York, New York, USA
Projectiles - Public Reception Areas of the Château de Fontainebleau, Fontainebleau, France


LAVA Berlin GmbH - LIFE Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
Rafael Viñoly Architects - The Rockefeller University Stavros Niarchos Foundation – David Rockefeller River Campus, New York, New York, USA
Special Projects, School of Design and Environment - School of Design and Environment 1 & 3, Singapore, Republic of Singapore
The Miller Hull Partnership, LLP. and Lord Aeck Sargent - Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Tonkin Zulaikha Greer - Wenona Athenaeum School, North Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
fasch&fuchs.ZT-GmbH - Federal School Aspern, Vienna, Austria
fasch&fuchs.ZT-GmbH - Schulcampus Neustift, Tyrol, Austria
1+1>2 Architects - Da Hop School, Thành phố Hòa Bình, Vietnam
MKPL Architects Pte Ltd. - SMU Connexion, Singapore, Republic of Singapore
Grimshaw Architects - Monash Woodside Building for Technology and Design, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
KPMB Architects - Ronald O. Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Richärd Kennedy Architects - Environmental and Natural Resources 2: University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, USA
Mark Cavagnero Associates - The Bechtel Family Center for Ocean Education and Leadership, Monterey, California, USA


Behnisch Architekten - adidas World of Sports Arena, Herzogenaurach, Germany
Aedas - International Sports and Culture Exchange Center,Shenzhen, China
Atelier Alter Architects - BIT Sports Center, Beijing, China


Atelier Brückner - City Gate Troisdorf, Troisdorf, Germany
AECOM - Oxygen Park, Education City, Qatar
SpActrum - Shaoxing Chaichangnong Refurbishment and Urban Redevelopment, Shaoxing, Zhejiang, China

All buildings and urban planning projects can be viewed at or at

This elite group of buildings and urban planning projects selected by the jury will be premiered in an exhibition at Contemporary Space Athens (74 Mitropoleos Str., GR-105 63 Athens, Greece) opening September 10 and continuing through October 2021.

The exhibition is entitled "The City and the World" and is scheduled to travel in Europe through 2022.

The official Awards Presentation takes place at a Gala Awards Dinner and Ceremony adjacent to the Acropolis in Athens, Greece next September 10.

For tickets and more information, contact:

The buildings and urban planning projects are also published as a catalogue for Global Design + Urbanism XXI (New International Architecture 2021) edited by Christian Narkiewicz-Laine for Metropolitan Arts Press Ltd. and is available through The European Centre and

For press information and photographs, contact Fachanan Conlon at

The deadline for the 2022 International Architecture Awards is December 1, 2021.

Submissions for 2022 can be made on line at

NOTE TO REPORTERS AND EDITORS: Photographs of the 2021 International Architecture Awards are available for download. For more details on the award and previous winners, visit The European Centre’s website at or

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