Van Hove Award 2019 for Sophie Leemans, Kuang-Liang Lo and Dorine Van Der Bank.

On October 19, 2019, the 9-person jury of the Van Hove prize met at the headquarters of the UPA-BUA (professional union of architects). The proclamation took place on November 20.

The jury decided to respect the diversity of five selected projects without giving priority to a particular aspect with a unique prize and unanimously decided to award the five laureates five honorable mentions of € 1000 each, without special ranking. The honorable mentions went to:

  • Sophie Leemans (Faculty of Architecture) ‘Architecture and flood permitting cities – urban flooding as incentive for positive incremental change’
  • Kuang-Liang Lo (Faculty of Architecture) ‘A heart we share – The garden of Beirut’
  • Dorine Van Der Bank (Faculty of Architecture) ‘Beyond the brick wall: interpreting Pieter De Hoogh within the historical context of the almshouses’
  • Sara De Sterck & Ruben Vanvlasselaer (Faculty of Engineering Sciences – architecture) ‘Ferme Alaise – Design research into the perpetuation of agricultural rooms by integrating a productive residential landscape’
  • Ludovic Gaffarel (UCL LOCI Louvain La Neuve) ‘The post Brexit customs – Hoek van Holland/Rotterdam’

Linde Debbaut, Dalia Puodziute, Anna Leban, Silvio Palombo (Faculty of Architecture) and Thomas Huber (Faculty of Engineering Sciences) were nominated!

The laureates’ projects are exhibited at the Architects’ House in Brussels and will be published in the magazine of A+ Architecture in Belgium in 2020.

Every year the UPA-BUA organises an architecture competition for graduation projects. In 1982, the UPA-BUA organised the VAN HOVE PRIJS for the first time, named after its founder-chairman. The prize is awarded to a graduation design and is open to all students who obtain the diploma of architect or engineer at a Belgian university faculty during the academic year of the prize.

A jury, consisting of Belgian and foreign architects who are fully in practice, assesses the submitted designs based on the following criteria:

  •     the quality of the design, its coherence and development in relation to the research question and the assignment
  •     the graphic quality, readability and communication skills
  •     the interpretation of contemporary needs, the social added value and the anticipation of future needs
  •     the spatial qualities
  •     the experience value and the command of the formal language
  •     the sense of reality and the feasibility.

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