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Sketch of the Alvar Aalto Medal. Drawing: © Alvar Aalto Foundation.

What is Alvar Aalto medal?

The medal bearing the name of Academician Alvar Aalto and also designed by him, was founded in 1967 to honour creative architecture. The medal can be awarded to living persons who have in a significant way distinguished themselves creatively within the field of architecture.

The Alvar Aalto Medal committee members are Finnish Association of Architects SAFA, MFA Museum of Finnish Architecture, Finnish Architectural Society, Alvar Aalto Foundation and the City of Helsinki. Alvar Aalto himself received the first medal in 1967. The internationally renowned prize is awarded every few years.

The 15th Alvar Aalto Medal will be awarded at the Alvar Aalto Symposium in Jyväskylä on 22.8.2024. Read more from the press release.

 

 

The Alvar Aalto Medal winners and juries

1967

Alvar Aalto (Finland)

Perustajatahojen Suomen Arkkitehtiliiton, Suomen rakennustaiteen museosäätiön ja Rakennustaiteen seuran aloitteesta.

1973

Hakon Ahlberg (Sweden)

Jury: Alvar Aalto, Aarno Ruusuvuori, Kirmo Mikkola, Heikki Hosia, Kjell Lund, Leslie Martin.

1978

James Stirling (UK)

Jury: Erik Kråkström, Aarno Ruusuvuori, Kirmo Mikkola, Kjell Lund and James Richards.

1982

Jørn Utzon (Denmark)

Jury: Aarno Ruusuvuori, Jaakko Numminen, Juhani Pallasmaa, Kirmo Mikkola, Henning Larsen, Roland Schweitzer.

1985

Tadao Ando (Japan)

Jury: Aarno Ruusuvuori, Jaakko Numminen, Juhani Pallasmaa, Kirmo Mikkola, Henning Larsen, Roland Schweitzer.

1988

Alvaro Siza (Portugal)

Jury: Pekka Salminen, Jaakko Numminen, Juhani Pallasmaa, Pekka Helin, Carl Nyrén, Kenneth Frampton.

1992

Glenn Murcutt (Australia)

Jury: Gunnel Adlercreutz, Pentti Kareoja, Aimo Murtomäki, Juhani Pallasmaa, Sverre Fehn, Kenneth Frampton.

1998

Steven Holl (USA)

Jury: Jyrki Tasa, Pentti Kareoja, Markku Komonen, Aimo Murtomäki, Niels Torp, Kenneth Frampton. Mitali luovutettiin Aallon syntymän 100-vuotispäivänä 3.2.1998.

2003

Rogelio Salmona (Colombia)

Jury: Kristian Gullichsen, Harri Hautajärvi, Aimo Murtomäki, Pekka Pakkala, Peter Zumthor, Louisa Hutton.

2009

Tegnestuen Vandkunsten (Denmark)

Jury: Anna Brunow, Mikko Heikkinen, Juha Ilonen, Pekka Pakkala, Matti Rautiola, Yoshio Taniguchi, Gert Wingårdh.

2012

Paulo David (Portugal)

Jury: Glenn Murcutt, Jens Arnfred, Luis Mansilla, Roy Mänttäri, Simo Paavilainen.

2015

Fuensanta Nieto ja Enrique Sobejano (Spain)

Jury: Rainer Mahlamäki, Simo Freese, Wessel de Jonge, Dorte Mandrup–Poulsen.

2017

Zhang Ke (China)

Alvar Aalto Medal celebrated 50 years in 2017. In order to celebrate the honorable history, the medal was be handed out exceptionally already after a two years’ interval. The medalist was  announced September 2017. The international Alvar Aalto Medal jury in 2017 consisted of the Japanese architect Toshiko Mori, Danish architect Tina Saaby and Finnish architects Asmo Jaaksi and Vesa Oiva.

All the medallists were presented in an exhibition at the Alvar Aalto Museum 3.2.−5.5.2019.

Photo: Alvar Aalto medalist 2017 Zhang Ke: Beijing Micro-Hutong 2013 © ZAO/standardarchitecture

 

2020

Bijoy Jain, Studio Mumbai (India)

The fourteenth Alvar Aalto Medal has been awarded to the Indian architectural office Studio Mumbai and its director Bijoy Jain. In making its selection, the jury emphasized the studio’s skilful synthesis of architecture and craftsmanship. Studio Mumbai’s work reflects an understanding of the unique geographical, climatic and social characteristics of the environment, giving insightful consideration to them in their design work. The award was presented to the medallist in February at the Finnish Embassy in New Delhi, India. Read more from the press release.

The Alvar Aalto Medal 2020 was announced virtually on March 16 at 10:00 on the Alvar Aalto Foundation´s YouTube Channel.

The jury members 2020 were architect Enrique Sobejano from Spain, the civil engineer and urban planner Gunnar Heipp from Switzerland, and the architects Pia Ilonen and Anu Puustinen from Finland. Architect Jan Utzon from Denmark was the jury chair. The Alvar Aalto Medal 2020 exhibition was on display at the Museum of Finnish Architecture in 2021.

In making its selection, the jury emphasized the studio’s skilful synthesis of architecture and craftsmanship. Studio Mumbai’s work reflects an understanding of the unique geographical, climatic and social characteristics of the environment, giving insightful consideration to them in their design work. The award was presented to the medallist in February at the Finnish Embassy in New Delhi, India. See the video on Alvar Aalto Foundation’s YouTube channel.

Press release