Archiboo is delighted to announce that architects SOM and engineers Buro Happold are this year’s Activism Award sponsors.
This category was added to the awards in 2021 to recognise the increasing amount of action taking place in the built environment, addressing issues such as diversity, inequality, disability rights and the climate emergency. Inspired by global protests during the pandemic, groups and individuals have given up waiting for large institutions and governing bodies to bring about urgently-needed change.
The inaugural Activism Award was won by Amy Francis Smith for her tireless efforts in campaigning for accessible design in housing.
Julia Skeete, Architect and Senior Associate Principal at SOM (pictured left) said: “The role of activism in architecture to drive cultural change and climate action has never been more relevant or urgent. The social and environmental impact of the built environment shapes and advances our future. What we design, how we do it, who we engage with and build for are active agents in shaping a better future.”
Wolf Mangelsdorf, Global Head of Design, Technology & Innovation at Buro Happold, added: “I look forward to celebrating those that have the courage to effect change and to hear the stories of those that challenge the norm through activism. With the challenges of climate change, rapid urbanisation and ongoing social injustice, architecture and how we communicate its benefits must focus on human-centered and sustainable design.”
We are grateful to Wallpaper* magazine, which is returning as the award’s media partner. It has been a strong supporters of activists from both architecture and design communities, examining the different groups located around the world.
Entries for the awards will open in May 2022.