This award was founded alongside the long-standing American Architecture Award and the Good Design Award also created by the museum. As an independent cultural institution, its awards are sometimes considered a more objective indicator of quality than similar awards from the professional unions of architects and designers in the United States.
As for the International Architecture Prize, it is designed to celebrate the achievements of non-American architects. This year, completed and unrealized projects completed by January 1, 2003, could apply for it.
Last year, during the first edition of the award, the jury was composed of Italian architects and journalists who gathered at the Salone di Mobile in Milan in April. The jury included Russian architects headed by the President of the Union of Architects of Russia Yu.P. Gnedovsky.
Among the projects and buildings noted by them are the project of the Main Station in Berlin by gmp, the Station Z bureau in Saxony by the HG Merz Architectin workshop, the Massimiliano Fuksasa New Fair in Milan, the National Assembly of Wales in Cardiff and Terminal 4 of the Madrid Barajas Richard airport. Rogers.
Also among the awarded objects were the reconstruction of the Santa Caterina market in Barcelona by the EMBT bureau, the project of the Busan Cinema Center in South Korea and the Academy of Arts in Munich "Coop Himmelb (l) ay", the project of the Great Egyptian Museum of the Henegan Pen workshop and the Diana Memorial Fountain, Princess of Wales in London by architect Catherine Gustafson.