Just like a young adult may struggle to find his or her place in the world, an architectural firm’s early years can be filled with anxiety and challenges. To succeed requires an impressive level of determination and skill, and it's precisely this success that The Foundation Award honors.
Now in its sixth year, The Foundation Award recognizes young Swiss firms for their design portfolio and creative philosophy, and supports them as they work to achieve their architectural aspirations. The program was created by ComputerWorks AG, the Vectorworks distributor in Switzerland, and is also sponsored by HP Switzerland, web-based culture channel art-tv.ch, the online platform swiss-architects, architectural magazine Hochparterre, the Swiss Architecture Museum, and Nemetschek Vectorworks.
This year's winners recently gathered at the Swiss Architecture Museum to toast their future success. Placing third was Liliane Haltmeier and Luise Kister of Haltmeier Kister architecture, a two-person firm that typically produces residential designs in Zürich. The duo believes that a healthy work-life balance allows for architecture to operate every day with “passion, perseverance, and curiosity.”
Runner-up Gerber Odermatt architects (GOA) is also a two-person office. Severin Odermatt and Roger Gerber stress the importance of inspiration as “a gift from the subconscious,” and emphasize the value in a holistic design process.
This year’s first-place winner Alder Clavuot Nunzi architects, received free Vectorworks Architect software with a Vectorworks Service Select membership. Comprised of Matthias Alder, Silvana Clavuot, and Alessandro Nunzi, the office strives to incorporate the rich architectural traditions of the Bergell Mountain region into their work. With each design, they hope to ensure the future of their surrounding environment, from the construction of simple houses to the creation of abstract cable car stations.
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