The award recognizes projects and buildings by American and foreign architects in the United States, as well as works by Americans in other countries.
This time 2003-2005 were named the reporting period, and 33 projects were marked. The award is considered more objective than the awards of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and, despite its relative youth (awarded since 1997), has already acquired a well-known authority in architectural circles. As it is designed to attract international attention, this year's jury consisted of prominent Norwegian architects.
Only five foreigners received it this time, among them the Austrian workshop "Coop Himmelb (l) ay" with the project of the Museum of Art in the city of Ekron and Zaha Hadid with the Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art in Cincinnati (both in Ohio) built in 2003.
But many projects "Skidmore, Owings and Merrill" were included in the list of laureates - these are buildings in the United States, such as the Skyscraper Museum in New York, and buildings in the Middle East: the Dubai Sun Tower in the UAE and the Kuwait Super Block complex in El -Kuwait.
Architect Merdad Yazdani's more modest Yazdani Studio has won awards for two projects - an observation tower in Guangzhou and a renovation of the UC San Diego Price Center.
Daniel Libeskind received an award for the Danish Jewish Museum in Copenhagen, and Richard Gluckman for the Picasso Museum in Malaga. Of the office buildings, the awards were Tom Maine's Caltrans 7 in Los Angeles and the National Association of Realtors' headquarters building in Washington by the GUND Partnership bureau.