Each year, two winners are selected from an international field of entries to match criteria set forth by the organization's directive. As the CIOB says, "We stand for the science, ethics and practice of the built environment across the world. [...] It is the Art of Building competition that celebrates the creativity of the industry, the passion of the people who work within it, and the impact their work has on those who make use of the final construction."
The winners, therefore, represent the public's vote and the private opinion of an expert panel of judges. The two Judges' Choice and the Public's Choice also receive a price of £1,500 ($1,850 USD) each for their efforts.
Public's Choice Winner: White constellation (cover)
Photographer: Francesca Pompei
Photographer's Comments: "Designed by the Swiss-Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava for the UAE
pavilion at the Dubai Expo, is representative of the UAE’s pioneering
spirit. At the centre of the structure there is a sphere-shaped void
that serves as an auditorium with a capacity of 200. Its continuum form
is a symbol of resilience and of a boundless future embracing a dialogue
among different cultures."
Judges' Choice Winner: My own little cosmos within reach
Photographer: Pati John
Photographer's Comments: "The unexpected beauty of the elusive nature manifesting the most
beautiful milky way I have seen - surrounded by amazing architectural
symmetry. I discovered this astonishing view looking up while I walked
around the mall...it was breath-taking...and so I stayed there for a
long time with my tripod and ND filter to capture every detail in my
long exposure shot."
Finalist: Staircase along a retaining wall
Photographer: William Shum
Finalist: Phoenix International Media Center
Photographer: Tien Sang Kok
Photographer's Comments: "The exterior structure of the building looks like the dragon bone."
Finalist: Mother and her children
Photographer: Musa Talasli
Photographer's Comments: "In her daily life she prepares the bread for her children and for when her husband comes home in the evening."
Finalist: A lonely small pink church
Photographer: Rong Xu
Photographer's Comments: "The entire campus and beach was totally locked down due to the Covid-19
restrictions in China, so it was really rare to get a photo of this
famous church without any person in the frame."
Finalist: Scholars in a cage
Photographer: Vincenzo Avallone
Photographer's Comments: "I took this photo in a recent trip to Berlin at the Humboldt University Library."
Finalist: A man made forest
Photographer: Chong Boon Wong
Photographer's Comments: "A man made forest in a greenhouse setting."
Finalist: New v Old Baku
Photographer: Les Forrester
Photographer's Comments: "The new and the old Baku side by side. In the background are the
apartments from the Soviet era whilst in the foreground sits the
contemporary architecture of Zaha Hadid and the Heydar Aliyev Centre."
Finalist: Ysios Winery
Photographer: Pedro Luis Ajuriaguerra Saiz
Photographer's Comments: "The Ysios Winery, whose name is a tribute to the Egyptian gods Isis and
Osiris, intimately related to the world of wine, was built on a vineyard
of more than 120 hectares. From Egypt also comes the inspiration for the canals; that border the
winery, collecting the essences of the Nile River. It is located in
Rioja Alavesa, at the foot of the Sierra de Cantabria, and has
facilities designed by the architect Santiago Calatrava in which
functionality and avant-garde are entirely at the service of winemaking."
Finalist: House of God
Photographer: Roman Robroek
Photographer's Comments: "Little is known about the history of this wonderful church, but the
construction of the original structure dates back to the 10th - 11th
century. The current structure, set on the rocky wall of a medieval
village, is from the second half of the 17th century. An ancient stone
on the left wall refers to an attribution of an ancient local family."
Finalist: Girl with the red hat
Photographer: Helena Georgiou
Photographer's Comments: "My daughter playing in Eleftheria Square, Nicosia designed Zaha Hadid."
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