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Swiss Architectural Award 2014

José María Sánchez


Carrying the day over 26 other candidates from 16 countries, José María Sánchez García is the fourth architect, and the first European, to obtain the BSI Swiss Architectural Award, succeeding Solano Benítez of Paraguay, Diébédo Francis Kéré of Burkina Faso, and Studio Mumbai in India. Coming with 100,000 Swiss francs, the prize honors professionals under 50 years of age whose works show “particular sensitivity to landscape and the environmental context,” a criterion surely met by Sánchez García, born in Don Benito (Badajoz) in 1975, author of exquisite buildings set deep in highly sensitive places, such as the Sports Innovation Center in Cáceres or the restoration of the archaeological site surrounding the Temple of Diana.

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