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In July, Chris­tian de Portzam­parc was an­nounced as the 2018 lau­re­ate of the Praemium Im­pe­ri­ale arts award for ar­chi­tec­ture. The French ar­chi­tect is the cre­ative vi­sion­ary be­hind such bold and imag­i­na­tive projects as the City of Mu­sic in Paris and the Phil­har­monie Lux­em­bourg. The an­nual prize, from the Ja­pan Art As­so­ci­a­tion, has pre­vi­ously gone to top ta­lents such as Zaha Ha­did, Peter Zumthor and David Chip­per­field.

The ren­o­va­tion and reimag­in­ing of Skan­der­beg Square, in Ti­rana, Al­ba­nia, has earned Brus­sels-based ar­chi­tec­ture firm 51N4E the Euro­pean Prize for Ur­ban Pub­lic Space. The 97,344-square-me­tre pedes­trian square is styled as a flat pyra­mid, built from lo­cal stone and wrapped in a se­ries of 12 con­nected gar­dens that sep­a­rates the space from the heav­ily traf­ficked area sur­round­ing it.

Movers and shak­ers

For the first time since its found­ing in 1896, Cor­nell Univer­sity’s Col­lege of Ar­chi­tec­ture, Art and Plan­ning will have a fe­male dean at its helm. Höweler + Yoon co-founder J. Mee­jin Yoon will step into the role at the New York school on Jan­uary 1, 2019. Cur­rently head of the ar­chi­tec­ture de­part­ment at MIT’S School of Ar­chi­tec­ture and Plan­ning, Yoon earned her Bach­e­lor of Ar­chi­tec­ture at Cor­nell in 1995 be­fore mov­ing on to Har­vard for her mas­ter’s.

A group of 20 of the U.K.’S top ar­chi­tec­ture firms has come to­gether to es­tab­lish the na­tion’s first ar­chi­tec­ture ap­pren­tice­ship stan­dards. The group, led by Foster + Part­ners, col­lab­o­rated with RIBA and sev­eral

U.K. uni­ver­si­ties to cre­ate a paid-in­tern­ship pro­gram to help stu­dents tran­si­tion be­tween academia and prac­tice and to ease the fi­nan­cial bur­den of the U.K.’S seven-year ac­cred­i­ta­tion process. Launch­ing this fall, the ap­pren­tice­ships ac­credit par­tic­i­pants as ei­ther an ar­chi­tect or an ar­chi­tec­tural as­sis­tant.

The Pritzker Ar­chi­tec­ture Prize has a new head ju­ror: U.S. Supreme Court jus­tice Stephen Breyer, who has been a jury mem­ber since 2011 and suc­ceeds Glenn Mur­cutt. Con­sid­ered ar­chi­tec­ture’s high­est hon­our, the Pritzker cel­e­brated its 40th an­niver­sary this year, with In­dian ar­chi­tect Balkr­ishna Doshi re­ceiv­ing the 2018 award at a cer­e­mony in Toronto.

An up­dated Model Rules of Con­duct from the Na­tional Coun­cil of Ar­chi­tec­tural Reg­is­tra­tion Boards sug­gests new eth­i­cal stan­dards for the U.S. in­dus­try. In­tended for adop­tion by re­gional li­cens­ing boards, the code was struc­tured by an ethics task force as­sem­bled in 2015 by then-pres­i­dent Den­nis Ward. In the wake of the #Metoo move­ment, ha­rass­ment is a key fo­cus in the doc­u­ment. “It’s af­firm­ing to see that the eth­i­cal guide­lines our vol­un­teers have crafted over the past three years will help ad­dress the is­sues high­lighted by cur­rent so­cial move­ments,” says Ward.

Award-win­ning Cana­dian ar­chi­tect Omar Gandhi has been named the Louis I. Kahn visit­ing as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor at the Yale School of Ar­chi­tec­ture for the 2018 fall se­mes­ter. A pub­lic lec­ture meant to launch his stint at the school was resched­uled un­til Novem­ber 8 to al­low him to re­ceive a 2018 Gov­er­nor Gen­eral’s Medal in Ar­chi­tec­ture on Septem­ber 13.

On the boards

Mem­bers of the Royal Ar­chi­tec­tural In­sti­tute of Canada will have ac­cess to a new in­sur­ance pro­gram be­gin­ning this fall. Pro­fes­sional li­a­bil­ity in­sur­ance is manda­tory for prac­tic­ing ar­chi­tects in many re­gions of the coun­try; this new mem­ber ben­e­fit will pro­vide com­pre­hen­sive and cost-ef­fec­tive op­tions, the or­ga­ni­za­tion says. The poli­cies will be avail­able be­gin­ning Oc­to­ber 1. De­tails are avail­able at raic.org.

The Mack­in­tosh Build­ing will again be re­built, said Glasgow School of Art di­rec­tor Tom Inns in a state­ment re­leased by the school in July. The 110-year-old cam­pus build­ing suf­fered sig­nif­i­cant dam­age last June in a fire while un­der­go­ing a ma­jor restora­tion af­ter a pre­vi­ous fire, which de­stroyed one-third of the build­ing in 2014. Though it is not known how long the next round of re­pairs will take or how much of the ex­ist­ing struc­ture is sal­vage­able, many of the fix­tures and fit­tings that were saved from the orig­i­nal build­ing remain safe, as they were stored off-site dur­ing the ren­o­va­tions.

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