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Announcing the Biggest and Oldest Architecture Award Program

Greek Architects Award over 125 New Buildings and Urban Planning Projects from 38 Nations in this Year’s 15th Edition of the 2020 International Architecture Awards

Announcing the Oldest and Largest Global Awards Program Featuring the World’s Most
Prominent Architecture Firms to be Officially Celebrated at “The City and the World”

Exhibition and Gala Reception in Athens, Greece on September 11

ATHENS, GREECE (AUGUST 25, 2020) — A new corporate headquarters building by Morphosis Architects in South Korea, a new museum by Mecanoo in Taiwan, a new bridge and passenger clearance building by Aedas and Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners in Macao and Hong Kong, the world’s largest urban park by Omrania and Henning Larsen Architects in Saudi Arabia, four new skyscrapers by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, a stunning urban design by ASPECT Studios/Kengo Kuma in Sydney, a restored museum by Frank Gehry, a new Miami High-Rise by Herzog & de Meuron, a New London Tower by SOM, two new bridges by WilkinsonEyre, a new mixed-use building by MVRDV in Amsterdam, innovative residential architecture by NADAAA and Christ.Christ. associated architects, a sleek tower by Pininfarina, a new house in Russia by J. MAYER H. und Partner, three innovative projects by Trahan Architects in the USA, 3XN Architects' Olympic House in Lausanne, Switzerland, and a new McDonald’s restaurant in Chicago by Ross Barney Architects head the list of this year’s awarded projects for 2020.

The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies are delighted to announce the 2020 International Architecture Awards as the global architecture award for the world’s best new buildings and urban planning projects from over 38 nations.

Founded in 2005, these Awards for International Excellence demonstrate how buildings and urban planning projects worldwide stretch the boundaries of architecture, irrespective of style, complexity, and size of both scheme and budget. 

The Awards are regarded internationally as the world's most important global mark of excellence, recognizing the best international architecture practices, as well as the hundreds of corporate clients, developers, state and local governments, institutions, and general contractors that produced them.

“We are thrilled to recognize and celebrate architectural excellence across the globe,” states Christian Narkiewicz-Laine, Architecture Critic and President of The Chicago Athenaeum.

“It is our intention that these awards uncover the world’s most innovative and visionary architecture and their professional practices, as well as spark local and global debates about the positive impact that well-designed buildings and places can have on local communities and the environment.”

“Each year, we discover how architecture is reacting to and resolving issues posed by the changing demands of a global community.”

“These awards set a standard by which to assess and promote design excellence on a global scale.”

Out of a record number of projects that were entered in 2020, over 400 submissions were shortlisted.

"These successful projects demonstrate the world’s best visionary and innovative thinking and excellence of execution by a global design practice, along with developers and clients," continues Narkiewicz-Laine.

This year’s selected buildings and urban planning projects are from 38 nations including: Albania, Australia, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Japan, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Latvia, México, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Tibet, United Kingdom, The United States, and Vietnam.

The 2020 Jury for Awards was held at Contemporary Space Athens and consisted of the following Greek architects, critics, and architecture educators:

• George Tsolakis, Architect, National Technical University of Athens
• Giannis Giannoutsos, Architect Engineer, National Technical University of Athens
• Iro Nikolakea, Architect, Head of Exhibition and Cultural Events, National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST), Athens
• Konstantina Siountri, Architect, Ministry of Environment and Energy, Athens
• Manolis Vourakis, Architect, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki - University of Leuven
• Marianna Athanasiadou, Architect, schema architecture & engineering, Athens

The 125 plus awarded projects for 2020 include:


Felix Fischer Architekten - Tram Schwabinger Tor, Munich, Germany
Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects - Richmond Ferry Terminal, Richmond, California, USA
Aedas in Joint Venture with Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners - Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge and Hong Kong Port Passenger Clearance Building, Hong Kong, SAR
Aedas - Hong Kong West Kowloon Station, Hong Kong, SAR

WilkinsonEyre - CF Toronto Eaton Centre Bridge, Toronto, Canada
WilkinsonEyre/Urban Agency - Lille Langebro, Copenhagen, Denmark
Peter Kuczia Architects - Solar Activation of Footbridges for Beijing, Beijing, China
Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects - Center Street Garage, Berkeley, California, USA
IMO Architecture & Design - Xiafu Activity Center, New Taipei City, Taiwan
3andwich Design / He Wei Studio - Stone Nest Amphitheatre for Community Activities, Weihai, Shandong Province, China
Mobile Architectural Office - The Albert Schweitzer Community Centre in Dammarie les Lys, Dammarie les Lys, France

Ferrier Marchetti Studio - Grand Central Saint Lazare, Paris, France
Di Vece Arquitectos – Estudio-Galería Di Vece Arquitectos, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Ross Barney Architects - McDonald's Chicago Flagship, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Morphosis Architects – Kolon One & Only Tower, Seoul, South Korea
Takenaka Corporation - Asahi Facilities Hotarugaike Dormitory KAEDE, Osaka, Japan
3XN Architects - Olympic House, IOC - International Olympic Committee New Headquarters, Lausanne, Switzerland
Takenaka Corporation - Kanda Holdings Headquarters, Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan
Trahan Architects - Ochsner Center for Innovation, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates PC. - 52 Lime Street, London, United Kingdom

Mecanoo - National Kaohsiung Centre for the Arts, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
PLY Union Limited - Redevelopment of Art Museum Annex, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, SAR
Haworth Tompkins - The Peter Hall Performing Arts Centre, London, United Kingdom
Lemoal Lemoal Architectes - Civic and Cultural Centre Gonzague Saint Bris, Cabourg, France
Aedas - Zhengzhou Cultural District, Zhengzhou, China
China Architecture Design & Research Group - Garden Art Museum, Nanning Zhuang Autonomous Region, China
Kaunitz Yeung Architecture - Munupi Arts Centre, Northern Territory, Australia
GPY Arquitectos - MIAC Castillo de San José, Arrecife, Lanzarote Island, Spain
Ennead Architects - Yangtze River Estuary Chinese Sturgeon Nature Preserve, Shanghai, China
Shenzhen Tanghua Architect & Associates Co., Ltd. - Bishan Art and Cultural Center, Chongqing, China
FXCollaborative - The Statue of Liberty Museum, Liberty Island, New York Harbor, New York, USA
Shanghai United Design Group - Qingpu Archives, Shanghai, China
Architectural Design and Research Institute of Tsinghua University Co., Ltd. - Chenjiagou - 'Impression Tai Chi' Theatre, Chenjiagou, China
Trahan Architects - The Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park at Laguna Gloria, Arrival Garden and Moody Pavilions, Austin, Texas, USA

DP Architects Pte. Ltd. - Why Green? Singapore, Republic of Singapore
MUTUO and urb—in - Boyle Tower, Los Angeles, California, USA
UNITEDLAB Associates LLC. - Cloud Forests—Pavilion for Children's Play, Hwaseong, South Korea

EID Architecture - The Panda Pavilions, Chengdu, China

SZAD/Atelier Apeiron/Yunchao Xu - Future Exhibition Center in Baoding, Baoding/Hebei, China
Shenzhen Tanghua Architect & Associates Co., Ltd. - Tianfu International Conference Center, Chengdu, Sichuan, China

Peter W. Schmidt Architekten GmbH - Annex for the Bamberg State Archive, Bamberg, Germany
EID Architecture - Medog Meteorological Center, Medog County, Nyingchi Prefecture, Tibet

IDOM - BioCruces Institute Headquarters, Barakaldo, Basque Country, Spain
StudioVRA - Day Care Center for People with Alzheimer's Disease, Benavente, Zamora, Spain
fjmt - The Wolfson Building, John Radcliffe Hospital, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom
Ventura + Partners - Nefrodouro Dialysis Clinic, Santa Maria de Lamas, Portugal
Kaunitz Yeung Architecture - Walu - Win Wellness Centre, Darlinghurst, New South Wales, Australia

NOVO Architects Ltd. - Wonder • Mesong, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates - Spring City 66, Kunming, China
Valdez Arquitectos - Best in Black, Puebla, México
Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates PC. - 10 & 30 Hudson Yards, New York, New York, USA
Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates PC. - Azrieli Tower, Tel Aviv, Israel

UnitedLab Associates LLC. - Round Retreat, Kurzeme, Latvia
Takashi Yamaguchi & Associates - Mogana Hotel, Kyoto, Japan
AW² - Architecture Workshop 2 - Kasiiya Papagayo, Guancaste, Costa Rica
Liminal Architecture - Coastal Pavilions Freycinet Lodge, Coles Bay, Tasmania, Australia
Raulino Silva Arquitecto - Canine and Feline Hotel, Parada, Vila do Conde, Portugal
Marge arkitekter - Naturum Trollskogen, Öland, Sweden
De Zwarte Hond/ Monadnock - Park Pavilion—The Hoge Veluwe National Park, Otterlo, The Netherlands
Stinessen Arkitektur - Manshausen 2.0 Island Resort, Nordskot/Steigen, Norway

MR STUDIO Corporation - Aida Precut Division Ibaraki Factory, Ibaraki, Japan

RDH Architects (RDHA) - Idea Exchange Old Post Office Library, Cambridge, Ontario, Canada
RDH Architects (RDHA) - Springdale Library and Neighbourhood Park, Brampton, Ontario, Canada

Johnson Pilton Walker Pty. Ltd. - Anzac Memorial Centenary Project, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Manuelle Gautrand Architecture - Le Belaroïa, Montpellier, France
Shanghai United Design Group - Wuxi Institute of Quantum Studies, Wuxi, China
MVRDV - Valley, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Trahan Architects - Julia Street Mixed-Use Development, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Herzog & de Meuron - Jade Signature, Sunny Isles Beach, Florida, USA
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP. - Manhattan Loft Gardens (The Stratford), London, United Kingdom
Younghan Chung Architects - Floating Cubes, Cheongwon-Gun, South Korea
fjmt - Wonderland, Sydney, Australia
Pininfarina SpA - Sixty6, Limassol, Cyprus

Caballero Colón - Can Canyís, Capdepera, Spain
Christ.Christ. associated architects GmbH - Haus E, Wiesbaden, Germany
Ian Moore Architects - Redfern Warehouse, Sydney, Australia
Alain Carle Architecte Inc. - True North. Cornwall, Ontario, Canada
Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects - Spring Road Residence, Ross, California, USA |
Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects - Spectral Bridge House, Venice, California, USA
Sanjay Puri Architects - 18 Screens House, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
J. MAYER H. und Partner - n.n. Residence Moscow area, Russia
Chain10 Architecture & Interior Design Institute - Comfort in Context, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan - Field House, Warsaw, Poland
Chain10 Architecture & Interior Design Institute - GASEA-The Cliff House, Taitung City, Taiwan
David Jameson Architect - Manifold House, Arlington, Virginia, USA
NADAAA - Villa Varoise, Le Var, France
David Jameson Architect - Vapor House, Bethesda, Maryland, USA
David Jameson Architect – Wildcat Mountain Residence, The Plains, Virginia, USA
Fernanda Marques Arquitetos Associados – Panorama, San Paulo, Spain
MIA Design Studio - Sky House, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
Atelier Jun - The Boulder House, Seoul, South Korea
Grupo Zegnea - Box XL Houses, Guimarães, Portugal
A-01 (A Company / A Foundation) - No Footprint House (NFH), Ojochal, Costa Rica
Gort Scott Architects - The Rock, British Columbia, Canada
Hyunjoon Yoo Architects - Private D House, Pyeongtaek-si, Gyeonggi-do, Korea
MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects Limited - Smith Residence, Upper Kingsburg, Nova Scotia, Canada
Architect 49 House Design Ltd. - Veyla Natai Residences, Phang Nga Takua Thung District, Thailand
Sergio Conde Caldas Arquitetura - Capuri House, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Architects 49 (Chiangmai) Limited - Pillars House, Phrae, Thailand
Gronych & Dollega Architekten - An Steins Garten, Gießen, Germany
L'EAU design – Diaspora, Yeoncheon, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
MHN Design Union - Double Bay Residence, New South Wales, Australia
Cherem Arquitectos - House C, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, México

Heams & Michel Architectes - Boat Users on the Port of Cannes, Cannes, France
West-line Studio - Bamboo Forest Gateway, Zhuhai National Park, Chishui, Guizhou Province, China
Kris Lin International Design – Flying, Jiangyin, China

Omrania - KAFD Grand Mosque, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Hyunjoon Yoo Architects - The Hug, Sejong-si, Korea

Chain10 Architecture & Interior Design Institute - The Green Isle, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan

Kris Lin International Design – Circle, Chengdu, China
Kris Lin International Design – Navigator, Tianjin, China

Gehry Partners, LLP. - Philadelphia Museum of Art Renovation, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
JC architecture - JCA Living Lab, Taipei City, Taiwan
Atelier Brückner GmbH – Wagenhallen, Stuttgart, Germany
SquareWorks - #7 Southlands, Mumbai/Maharashtra, India
Kris Lin International Design – Textile, Deqing, China

WilkinsonEyre - Dyson Institute of Engineering and Technology, Malmesbury, United Kingdom
Studioarch4 - Servete Maçi Primary and Secondary School, Tirana, Albania
GL Studio/Shenzhen University Institute of Architecture Design & Research Co., Ltd. - Shenzhen MSU-BIT University Student Center, Shenzhen, China
Atelier Brückner GmbH – Kindergarten, Troisdorf, Germany
CCA Centro de Colaboración Arquitectónica - Club de Niños y Niñas, Chiconaulta, Ecatepec De Morelos, Estado de México, México | 2018
Ennead Architects - Seoul Foreign School High School, Seoul, South Korea

Approach design (ZUP) - The Cloud Town Convention and Exhibition Center (Phase II), Hangzhou, China

Batlle | Roig Arquitectura - Scenic Path Along Igualada’s Old Gypsum Mines, Igualada, Spain
HASSELL - Collect and Connect - Resilient South City, South San Francisco, California, USA
ASPECT Studios and Kengo Kuma and Associates - Darling Square, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Omrania and Henning Larsen Architects - King Salman Park, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
ENOTA - Koper Central Park, Koper, Slovenia
Hoàng Thúc Hào Architect - Jackfruit Village. Co Dong Commune, Son Tay Town, Hanoi, Vietnam

All buildings and urban planning projects can be viewed at or at 

This elite group of buildings and urban planning projects selected by the jury will be premiered in an exhibition at Contemporary Space Athens (74 Mitropoleos Str., GR-105 63 Athens, Greece) opening September 11 and continuing through October 11, 2020. 

The exhibition is entitled "The City and the World" and is scheduled to travel in Europe through 2021. 

The official Awards Presentation is postponed this year, but takes place at a Gala Awards Dinner and Ceremony adjacent to the Acropolis in Athens, Greece next September 2021 due to the COVID-19 Crisis. For more information, contact: 

The buildings and urban planning projects are also published as a catalogue for Global Design + Urbanism XX (“New International Architecture”) edited by Christian Narkiewicz-Laine for Metropolitan Arts Press Ltd. and is available through The European Centre and

For press information and photographs, contact Fachanan Conlon at

The deadline for the 2021 International Architecture Awards is December 1, 2020.

Submissions for 2021 can be made on line at

NOTE TO REPORTERS AND EDITORS: Photographs of the 2020 International Architecture Awards are available for download. For more details on the award and previous winners, visit The European Centre’s website at or

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