Since 2006 the award has recognized architectural firms with a history of projects that deeply embody the spirit of coexistence with their surrounding environment.
This approach is summed up succinctly by the winners of the 2017 edition, the Halifax based Mackay-Leons Sweetapple—“We see architecture as a kind of cultivating influence on the landscape rather than a consumptive one.”
Created in partnership with the esteemed La Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine in Paris, (Museum of Architecture and Heritage), each year the award honors 5 winners that have exemplified the principles of sustainability in their works.
The Global Award for Sustainable Architecture
When it was founded in 2006 by architect and writer Jana Revedin, the idea of an award for sustainable architecture, an unorthodox if not fringe concept at the time, was initially met with confusion.
“…I remember, there were perhaps five, six or seven journalists in the room during the first awards ceremony, looking at us as though we were recognizing a kind of architecture from outside the star (solar) system…” said the founder during an interview for LiveGreen Blog.
However its reception and prominence have picked up in succeeding editions, and since 2010 the award has been placed under the patronage of UNESCO.
The crowning ceremony for this award takes place on October 14th, 2022, in the auditorium of the Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine muséum, with Graitec being a proud addition to its roster of supporters along with the likes of Saint Gobain.
Founded in 1986 in Bièvres, Ile-de-France with divisions across Europe, The Americas and Asia, Graitec is a pioneering provider of software and consultation services for the digital transformation of the construction industry.
With their acquisition of StrucSoft Solutions in 2021, and Applied Software in 2022, Graitec continues to position itself as an emerging leader in the construction technology sector, providing market leading software solutions and services to architects, engineers, contractors and owners.