The Architecture Grand Prix Statute – National Architecture Award
The Architecture Grand Prix – National Architecture Award is a competitive exhibition of architectural works completed in the previous year, annually held by the Society of Czech Architects together with the Czech Chamber of Architects on the occasion of the UIA World Day of Architecture. The competition is open to both Czech and foreign architects, as well as designers and graphic artists. The sole condition is that the work must have been realised in the Czech Republic.
For the sake of the Architecture Grand Prix– National Architecture Award competition review reputation and quality advancement the organizer – the Society of Czech Architects and the Czech Chamber of Architects - established Academy of architecture as a competent authority for supporting the participation of first-class architectural project in this competition review. Nomination of AA members follows the AA statute.
Architectural works of Czech architects or studios completed outside of the Czech Republic may enter the exhibition, but are not eligible for participation in the competition. Only works realized in the last year may enter the exhibition. There are several competition categories in the Architecture Grand Prix - National Architecture Award: New Construction, Reconstruction, Family House, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture and Garden Design, Urban Planning, Architectural Design-Small-Scale Architecture-Artwork in Architecture. Besides these categories, a special prize for housing architecture is awarded. All works are judged by an independent international Jury.
The Jury is assembled with a different personal composition each year, yet always contains four foreign architects (one of them from Slovakia) and one Czech non-practitioner (critic, theorist or historian of architecture or graphic artist). Prizes and honourable mentions are awarded in particular categories; the Grand Prix is the main prize that is awarded to the winning work of the whole show. Clients who made possible the construction of an extraordinary architectural work could receive the Investor‘s Prize. At the award ceremony, the Prize for Significant Lifetime Achievement is presented to a Czech architect. The prize-winner is suggested by The Council of the Society of Architects. The prizes are non-monetary.
All entered works are invariably presented at the main exhibition in Prague. The exhibition is then sent on tour to a number of Czech towns, as well as being presented abroad. The chief function of both the competition and the exhibition of the Architecture Grand Prix – National Architecture Award is to present and highlight contemporary architecture being produced in the Czech Republic to broad public.