Xu Tiantian, founder of the Chinese firm DnA_Design and Architecture, has won the eighth Swiss Architectural Award. The biennial prize, instituted in 2018 by the Fondazione Teatro dell’architettura de Mendrisio, gives recognition to emerging figures under 50 years of age who have carried out at least three significant projects and whose work demonstrates a strong sensitivity to current ethical, aesthetic, and ecological issues affecting the discipline.
The eighth edition of the Swiss Architectural Award confirms the collaboration that exists among Switzerland’s three architecture schools: USI-Accademia di architettura, Mendrisio; EPFL-ENAC, Section d'Architecture, Lausanne; ETHZ – Departement Architektur, Zurich. With Mario Botta presiding, the jury unanimously conferred the accolade on Xu Tiantian for her transformation of the Jinhun Quarries (2021-2022), for the Tofu Factory in Caizhai (2017-2018), and for the reuse of the Shimen Bridge over the Songyin River (2016-2017).
Xu Tiantian (Fujian, 1975) attended Tsinghua University in Beijing and did the Master of Architecture in Urban Design at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. After working in the United States and the Netherlands for OMA, she opened DnA_Design and Architecture in the Chinese capital.
The prize monetarily amounts to almost 102,000 euros and an awarding ceremony will be held on 4 May 2023.