The third edition of The Maltese Architecture and Regional Planning Prizes aims to further promote the development of quality interior and exterior architecture in our country. Awards organizer Peter Gingell explains how this year’s awards have been broadened to cover other aspects of architectural excellence.
Malta’s architecture is a key part of the national heritage, with structures built throughout the island’s centuries-old history still standing and admired today.
However, while these highly regarded buildings from the days of the Knights and beyond are rightly renowned, the modern Maltese architectural world also offers quality projects that promise to leave a positive mark for decades to come.
The meticulous work and innovation of the people behind these iconic projects – from established professionals to graduate students – should once again be celebrated and elevated at the Malta Architecture and Spatial Planning Awards.
The scope of the awards is to recognize the quality work offered by people in the architectural industry for their talent, expertise and craftsmanship, ”says award organizer Peter Gingell.
“An award-winning project takes so much longer to complete than is visible on the surface. It’s teamwork that takes time, dedication, expertise and passion. The awards highlight Malta’s best in the worlds of architecture and land use planning, to recognize their contribution to the past, present and future of the industry.
Launched in 2019 by the Planning Authority under the patronage of the President of Malta, the awards are considered a prestigious calendar event and a mark of excellence in the industry. Architectural firms and interior design studios benefit from the team experience of coming together to submit their work. The submission process creates morale boost and valuable experience to overcome the challenge of bringing your story to market.
“Almost all of the entries we receive are full-fledged successful design projects, all seeking the best price in their respective categories. Without these rewards, most of these projects remain unappreciated “hidden stories” of the local creative talents we have around us. We believe that by exhibiting best practices, quality design, architectural excellence and more, there is a better chance to influence and inspire the collective design quality change we need in our environment. built. Our well-being and the improvement of our quality of life depend on this change, ”emphasizes Gingell.
In addition to benefiting from increased credibility with industry professionals and potential clients, each category winner receives an exclusive trophy by designer Kane Cali inspired by the angular shapes of Valletta’s famous fortifications. Winners have the opportunity to participate in a range of one-year branding and public relations initiatives.
This year’s awards incorporate key changes to better reflect the dynamic industry it represents. Along with the introduction of new categories and some revisions to old ones, the third edition will be the first to recognize the general public’s appreciation for beautiful local architecture.
Following feedback from industry stakeholders, the previous Rehabilitation and Restoration Award has been split to include an award that recognizes only projects whose primary objective was to restore and preserve the authenticity of a building / monument. The design price has now been extended to include buildings / structures that not only are in an urban setting, but feature good design in a rural or marine setting. At the same time, a new Residential Architecture Prize is dedicated to quality residential buildings.
The reach of the latest awards will extend even further than in previous editions. A new architectural photography award is open to anyone in Malta, considering submissions of local architectural photographs built after 1960. Likewise, this year the public can also vote online for any project among the prizes, the overall winner receiving an additional award as recognition.
The 2021 edition awards ceremony will be held live at the Teatru Manoel in Valletta on February 26, 2022, in accordance with all current COVID-19 protocols. Nominations for the awards are open until January 5, 2022, while the public vote will take place between January 24 and February 5, 2022. “
The jury will assess the form, function, innovation, quality, sustainability and energy efficiency of each project to select the winner in each category, ”concludes Gingell. “The awards are an opportunity for newcomers and pillars of the industry to come together and showcase their quality projects and innovative ideas, for the benefit of the Maltese architectural world for many years to come. ”
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