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2014 Seaside Prize Winner Announced

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Architect Robert Krier Awarded the Seaside Prize

Seaside, Florida – The Seaside Institute will award next year’s Seaside Prize to Rob Krier, a renowned sculptor, architect, urban designer and theorist. The ceremony will take place as part of the Seaside Prize weekend events, held the last weekend in January in Seaside, Fla.

As Seaside Institute Fellow Dan Solomon recently stated about Krier:

“For over forty years, Rob’s drawings, his writing and thinking, and his superb body of built work have been a shining beacon for all of us who consider ourselves urbanists.

“There is no one – no one in history and certainly now living – who can draw urban space with the poetry and majesty of Rob’s drawings. His built work is in Europe – Berlin, Luxembourg, and his superb recent new towns in Holland – but his influence is international and his impact on American urbanism is profound.”

Krier is a former professor of architecture at Vienna University of Technology, Austria. From 1993 to mid-2010 he has worked in partnership with architect Christoph Kohl in a joint office based in Berlin, Germany. He is the older brother of fellow architect Léon Krier.

Krier studied architecture at the Technical University of Munich from 1959 to 1964. After graduating, he worked with Oswald Mathias Ungers in Cologne and Berlin (1965–66) and Frei Otto in Berlin and Stuttgart (1967–70). From 1973 to 1975, he was an assistant in the school of architecture at the University of Stuttgart. In 1975, he was guest professor at the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, in Switzerland. From 1976 to 1998, he was professor of architecture at Vienna University of Technology. In addition, in 1996, he was a guest professor at Yale University.

From 1976 to 1994, Krier had his own architect’s office in Vienna. From 1992 until 2004, he ran a joint office with Nicolas Lebunetel in Montpellier, France. In 1993, he also founded a joint office with Christoph Kohl in Berlin most recently incorporated as “Krier ∙ Kohl Gesellschaft von Architekten mbH”. Since June 2010 the renamed KK Gesellschaft von Architekten mbH is backed by Rob Krier as senior advisor.

Krier first came into international attention with his 1975 book “Stadtraum,” which has been translated into English under the title Urban Space in 1979 and reprinted as “Stadtraum/Urban Space” in 2005.

The Seaside Prize is awarded annually to individuals or organizations that have made significant contributions to the quality and character of our communities.

Previous recipients of the Seaside Prize include the six founders of the Congress for the New Urbanism, architects Peter Calthorpe, Elizabeth Moule, Stephanos Polyzoides, Daniel Solomon, Andrés Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk; historian and scholar Vincent Scully; architects Christopher Alexander, Leon Krier, Robert A.M. Stern, Alex Cooper, Jaquelin Robertson, Donlyn Lyndon, Aldo Rossi, Giancarlo DeCarlo; writer and civic activist Jane Jacobs; Mayor of Charleston Joseph P. Riley, Jr.; Seaside town founders Daryl and Robert Davis; authors Witold Rybczynski and James Howard Kunstler; urban designer Allan B. Jacobs; Hank Dittmar, urban designer and chief executive of The Prince’s Foundation for the Built Environment, Dhiru Thadani, urbanist, architect and author, architect and planner Scott Merrill and Governor Bob Graham. The recipients of the Prize have had a major influence on how our towns and cities can best be built and rebuilt to reflect and promote diversity, walkability, beauty, and sustainability. Seaside Prize recipients are considered the leaders of contemporary urban development and education.

The Seaside Institute is a non-profit organization, which promotes the building of sustainable communities in cities and towns through design and education. The Institute, through its members and programs, contributes significantly to the dissemination of the theory and practice of the New Urbanism and Smart Growth. Located in the town of Seaside, Fla., the Institute helps people find solutions to improve their own communities. It sponsors a wide variety of programs to train and educate specialists and decision-makers, as well as the broader public, regarding the built environment. For more information about The Seaside Institute, you may call the 850.231.2421 or visit our website at seasideinstitute.org.

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