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American Academy of Arts and Letters names architecture award winners

The American Academy of Arts and Letters announced Wednesday the six recipients of its 2010 architecture awards. The Academy's annual architecture awards program began in 1955 with the inauguration of the Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize in Architecture, which, since its inception, has been awarded to leading architects from any country who have contributed to architecture as an art form. In 1991, the Academy began giving awards to honor architects whose work is characterized by a strong personal direction. An additional award category was created in 2003 to recognize a practitioner from any field who has contributed to ideas in architecture through any medium of expression.

Michael Van Valkenburgh, Landscape Architect won the Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize in Architecture, a $5,000 prize given to an architect of any nationality who has made a significant contribution to architecture as an art.

Two Academy Awards of $7,500 each, which recognize American architects whose works are characterized by a strong personal direction, were bestowed upon Stephen Cassell and Adam Yarinsky of Architecture Research Office and Michael Meredith and Hilary Sample of MOS.

Michael Sorkin, of Architecture Criticism, received an Academy Award of $7,000, which acknowledges a practitioner who explores ideas in architecture through any medium of expression.

The awards will be presented in New York City next month at the Academy’s annual ceremony. The award winners were chosen from a group of 50 architects nominated by Academy members. The members of this year’s selection committee were: Henry N. Cobb, Hugh Hardy, Steven Holl, Laurie Olin, Billie Tsien, and Tod Williams.

Works, including models and renderings, by the 2010 architecture award winners will be featured in the upcoming “Exhibition of Work by Newly Elected Members and Recipients of Honors and Awards,” which will be on view from May 20 through June 13, 2010, in the Academy’s galleries on Audubon Terrace in New York City.

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