The University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee's School of Architecture and Urban Planning (SARUP) announced REX founder and president Joshua Prince-Ramus as the winner of the 2015 Marcus Prize for Architecture. Every year, the award is presented to architects who have demonstrated at least 10 years of exceptional practice and show a strong "trajectory to greatness", as SARUP describes. In addition to the $100,000 cash prize, Prince-Ramus will collaboratively lead a graduate design studio at SARUP alongside Adjunct Assoc. Professor, Matt Jarosz.
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During the spring 2016 academic semester, Prince-Ramus will make scheduled visits to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s School of Architecture and Urban Planning, leading a graduate studio in collaboration with Adjunct Assoc. Prof. Matt Jarosz.
The studio will deal with specific challenges in architecture that intend to bring enduring benefits to the city of Milwaukee’s urban fabric. Prince-Ramus will also be invited to participate in public workshops and lectures.
"The jury members — Blair Kamin, Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic of the Chicago Tribune; Tom Fisher, former Dean and Director of the Metropolitan Design Center at the University of Minnesota; Philip Hamp, Principal of Vinci/Hamp Architects and Robert Greenstreet, Dean of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee SARUP — met on September 11, 2015, to review the portfolios, CVs and work statements of a pool of international nominees from four continents. Nominees were required to demonstrate at least 10 years of proven, exceptional practice.
After a day of considerable deliberation, the jury noted that REX’s 'exuberant yet carefully-considered designs possess a broader cultural significance' and praised the 'typological invention' of their projects. 'They symbolize and help drive the millennial generation’s rediscovery of the city,' Blair Kamin said. 'We eagerly anticipate Joshua’s interaction with, and influence on, the design and real estate communities of Milwaukee and the upper Midwest.'"
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