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Friday 22 Oct 2010

Ingels rewarded for thinking BIG

Editorial by Bjarke Ingels Group
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Bjarke Ingels named 2010 European Prize for Architecture recipient 

38 year old Danish architect and designer Bjarke Ingels is to be awarded the 2010 European Prize for Architecture by The European Centre for Architecture, Art Design and Urban Studies and The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design. The lauris nobilis - a symbol of the prize itself - will be presented to the Ingels at a Gala Dinner and Special Awards Ceremony on 5th November, subsequent to a short lecture by the architect himself.

Christian K. Narkiewicz-Laine, Museum President of The Chicago Athenaeum, commented: "We are delighted to bring to Europe and to the world's attention this remarkable young Danish architect. He has championed a bold, fresh, and progressive atmosphere in today's Europe and he will certainly set the stage for new ideas, a new provocative approach to design and urbanism, as well as feed the flames for a new philosophical debate in years to come."

As a third year student at the Royal Academy in Copenhagen, Ingels set up his first practice and won his first competition. It was in these early stages of his career that Ingels began to display a clear design aesthetic, merging both playful and practical approaches to creative thinking - a characteristic that was to become a recognisable trademark of his in later years.

Over the past 12 years, Ingels has worked in collaboration with many well renowned architects and designers, including Rem Koolhaas, Lars Holme Larsen and fellow 'Europe 40 under 40' architect Julien De Smedt. Alongside setting up his current practice, BIG - the Bjarke Ingels Group - Ingels has actively campaigned for architecture to be included in the public-school curriculum, explaining: "Somehow kids are taught music, art, literature and sciences, but nobody thought of giving them a basic understanding of how our cities have evolved. If we don't understand, how can we ever intervene?"

Sian Disson
News Editor

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