The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies has just awarded The International Architecture Award for 2013 to the Rainscreen umbrella project in Meeting House Square. The umbrellas were designed by Dublin firm Sean Harrington Architects and engineered and manufactured by German/Swiss firm MDT-tex for Temple Bar Cultural Trust in Dublin.
The International Architectural Awards are the highest and most prestigious distinguished building awards programme that honour new and cutting-edge design. This annual programme, organised by both institutions, also promotes international architecture and design to a public audience globally. This year, the Museum received a record number of projects for new buildings, landscape architecture, and urban planning from the most important firms practicing globally.
The 2013 Jury for Awards was held in New York and over 60 projects from 16 nations were selected by a distinguished group of American architects and educators.
In September 2013, The Chicago Athenaeum, together with The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies will present a special exhibition of all awarded buildings at their annual symposium, “The City and the World” during the 14th International Biennial of Architecture Buenos Aires. After Buenos Aires, the exhibition will then travel inside Europe.