Since its establishment in 2007, the Swiss Architectural Award, organized by the Accademia di architettura di Mendrisio in collaboration with EPFL-ENAC and the ETH of Zurich, has risen as one of most prestigious international architectural awards. It recognizes 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. In its eighth edition, the biennial prize – which amounts to 102,000 euros – was unanymously awarded to the Chinese architect Xu Tiantian for three works respectful with the environment and the material culture of each context: the transformation of Jinyun quarries (2021-2022), the tofu factory in Caizhai (2017-2018), and the reuse of Shimen Bridge over Songyin River (2016-2017). Xu Tiantian (Fujian, 1975) attended Tsinghua University in Beijing and completed 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 Beijing.
The prize monetarily amounts to almost 102,000 euros and an awarding ceremony will be held on 4 May 2023.